ABOUT THE RIDE
Join us for the 11th annual UnitedHealthcare California Challenge, where we will ride 450 miles of stunning beaches and landscape from San Francisco to the West Los Angeles Medical Center. This is one of the most challenging of the Project Hero events, with a climb up Stagecoach Pass followed by a fast flowing long descent with ocean views.
Travel down the beautiful and scenic Highway 1 while enjoying stunning views of the Pacific Coast at every turn! The Pacific Ocean will be off your right shoulder as you head south through great cities like Santa Cruz, Salinas, San Simeon, Pismo Beach, Solvang and Ventura. The ride will depart from the San Francisco and finish at the West Los Angeles VA.
This ride is a Category: Hard (Difficult)
Full week Challenge Events will be limited to 150 participants. Selected participants will receive a Project Hero Challenge jersey and bib, socks, and t-shirt, as well as housing, rider support, luggage transportation (50 lbs max), daily route guides, marked course, rest stops, hydration, nutrition and meals. There may also be entertainment on selected evenings.
All Wounded Warriors ride for free by invitation only and must register to be considered. See below for invitation criteria.
A $4,000 fee/fundraising minimum to cover the cost of the ride applies to all public riders. There is an active duty military, non-injured veteran, or VA employee discount of 50%. The required $80 registration fee will be applied towards your fundraising minimum.
To participate in the Challenge, please select your participation type at the top to begin your registration. Please note that your online registration does not guarantee you a slot on the ride. Participation is by invitation only for all to attend. Contact your Project Hero Manager with any questions or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitational criteria may be based on one or more of the following:
1. Category (difficulty) of the ride
2. Participant's ability to successfully complete the ride
3. Participant's past history on Challenges
4. Participation in Project Hero Community Centers and/or Project Hero’s Strava Club
5. Amount raised through rider page
Based on the above criteria, all participants will receive either an invitation email or waitlist email. Invited participants will have one week to confirm participation before moving to the waitlist. With limited spots, participants on the waitlist will fulfill any spots that open along the way.
SINGLE DAY RIDE
Unable to join us for the entire ride? Come share the road with us as a single day rider! Single day riders receive a t-shirt, Project Hero Challenge jersey, mechanical support, and hydration/nutrition. Registration is $125 per day for you to join Project Hero on the road. Space is limited, so please register early to guarantee your spot.
All volunteers and caregivers must register online. If you are interested in volunteering or joining us as a caregiver, please sign up here. A Project Hero staff member will reach out to confirm your participation and role. Please note that signing up as a volunteer or a caregiver does not guarantee you a spot on a Challenge. Volunteers and caregivers are chosen based on specific needs for each ride. Please contact us with any questions at email@example.com.
What is a rider page you ask? A rider page is created for all participants who have registered for this Challenge as a way to share their Project Hero journey and raise funds to support Project Hero and its participants. You can log into your 2018 rider page to start sharing HERE. You can also search for a rider by name and donate directly to their page, helping them reach their fundraising goal.
To find your rider page or to donate to a rider, please visit the “search for a rider page”.
To login to access your 2018 rider page, please LOGIN HERE. Note: You must FIRST REGISTER with the buttons above to have a rider page.
Please visit the FAQ page with any questions, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride Guide COMING SOON
Saturday, October 13
Registration Day - San Francisco
Sunday, October 14
San Francisco to Santa Cruz
Miles: 75 Miles
Monday, October 15
Santa Cruz to Carmel (Subject to change)
Miles: 64 Miles (Subject to change)
Tuesday, October 16
Carmel to San Simeon (Subject to change)
Miles: 93 Miles
Wednesday, October 17
San Simeon to Pismo Beach
Miles: 54 Miles
Thursday, October 18
Pismo Beach to Solvang
Miles: 73 Miles
Friday, October 19
Solvang to Ventura
Miles: 70 Miles
Saturday, October 20
Ventura to Santa Monica
Miles: 60 Miles
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