UnitedHealthcare California Challenge

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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)

 

PARTICIPATION

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 info@projecthero.org.

 

INVITATION CRITERIA

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.  

 

VOLUNTEERS

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 info@projecthero.org.

 

RIDER PAGES

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.

 

QUESTIONS

Please visit the FAQ page with any questions, or contact us at info@projecthero.org.

 

 Ride Guide COMING SOON

 

 

Ride Schedule 

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

Major Sponsors — Who make it all possible

  • Optum
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Pritzker Military Foundation
  • Boeing
  • United
  • Pactimo
  • Uhaul
  • Hero Miles
  • Scott USA
  • Macy's
  •  Shimano
  • Disabled Veterans National Foundation
  • Bike Nashbar
  • Strohman Enterprise Garmin
  • Camelbak
  • Rocktape
  • Parktool
  • Speedplay
  • Geico
  • Chamois Butt’r
  • Hutchinson
  • Kenda
  • Pepsi
  • Gatorade
  • Soldier Fuel
  • ICC
  • R4 Alliance
  • Save Our Soles
  • Law Firm of Joseph A. Low
  • K-Edge
  • California Bike Gear
  • Pro-Shift