Ride FAQs


If your question is not here, please contact Margot Regan, Event Manager, at 978-241-3425 or at cycle@emmausinc.org.

I’m a returning rider--is the route the same as last year?

Yes and No.  Last year we simiplied the ride with it being the first in-person ride in the time of COVID and as such elmiminated the 100-mile and 40-mile routes.  We also altered the 25-mile route and added the 15-mile family ride.  This year we are keeping the 25-mile and 15-mile family routes, but may make some minor changes.  We will be bringing back our 100-mile and 40-mile routes, but again, may alter them slightly due to rest stop availlablity and road construction.  As we did last year, we will again offer our most-popular route, the 62-mile ride.  We will post the routes as soon as they are finalized. Please make sure to review the maps and cue sheets provided to you on the day of the ride as there could be last-minute construction or road conditions that would cause use to alter the routes slightly just prior to the ride.                                          

Has the ride ever been canceled?
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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we did cancel the in-person ride in 2020, and instead asked our riders to participate in a virtual ride.  The response was overwhelming with more than $132,000 raised for Emmaus in 2020!  

This year, we are planning an in-person ride, but for those who may not feel comfortable gathering, or now live away from the area, we will offer a virtual ride option.  This allows our supporters to ride wherever they may be!

PLEASE NOTE:  Unlike past years where we have had a "rain or shine" event, we will be monitoring the weather and may decide to cancel the ride if weather conditions are unfavorable to ride. 

Where is the start and what can I expect?

The event starts at the Sport and Fitness Center at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St, Haverhill, MA 01830.  We will be finalizing our start times in the coming months. The 100-mile riders will start first and the 15-mile riders will start last and we hope to have eveyone return around the same time to enjoy the post-ride festitivies! 

The college has bathrooms and we will provide complimentary breakfast items.  Free bike checks will also be availble.  Please arrive early for this service. 

Your registration packet has maps, cue sheets, a wrist band and a numbered bib. You may turn in sponsorship money you have collected at the check in table.

What if I miss the start time?

You will be asked to switch to a shorter route. Please inform the volunteer at check-in which route you registered for so they can locate your packet.

Can I switch the route I am registered for before the event?

Please contact the Event Coordinator a minimum of 3 days before the event at 978-241-3425 or email cycle@emmausinc.org to request this. You may switch routes the day of the event, but please allow for extra time at registration as we need to provide you with new materials that will correspond to your new route.  Please visit the "Switching Routes" check in table at registration if you would like to switch routes. 


Can a rider register to ride on the day?

Yes! The cost for day-of registrations is $100 PLUS the minimum fundraising amount of $250, due by 10/1/22. We will require a credit card to be placed on file if you are not paying the $250 fundraising minimum the day of the ride. Please allow for extra time at registration as we provide you with your ride materials and have you fill out a registration form.  Please visit the "Day of Registration" table. 

Can I pick up my registration packet and Goodie Bag before the day of the ride?

Yes. We will allow participants, both virtual riders and in-person riders, the opportunity to pick up their Goodie Bags prior to the event.  More details, including a location and time will be made available in August. 

Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes, this is required, no exception.

Can I use headphones?
For safety, riders must not wear headphones when they are riding.

How old do you have to be to ride?
All cyclists must be over 18 to ride unaccompanied.  If they are younger, they must ride with a responsible adult/guardian throughout the ride.

What happens if I have not raised the minimum fundraising amount on the day of the ride?
You will be given an envelope to mail in outstanding sponsorship monies after the event.  Last year, the average raised by riders was $679.  . Even with all the volunteer effort and in-kind donations, it costs Emmaus $75 per rider to hold the event. Riders upon registering for this event pledge to raise at least $250 above their registration fee due by October 1, 2022.  

Emmaus uses a "Delayed Self-Pay" system, which means that on October 1, 2022, we reserve the right to charge any rider's credit card in the amount needed to reach the $250 minimum.  Please note that registration fees DO NOT count toward the fundraising minimum.

This year, each member of a team MUST raise the minimmum $250, unless a member of a recognized family team.  This change was implemented after talking with many team captains who expect their team members to support our mission. 

How do I turn in cash and checks I've received? 

Please mail all checks and/or cash to Emmaus, Inc., c/o Cycle for Shelter, P.O. BOx 568, Haverhill, MA  01831 (be sure to have your donors include your name on the memo line to ensure you receive proper credit for the donation). You may also bring your donations with you on the morning of the event.

We do encourage you to ask your donors to make their gifts online!

If you are riding in person, donations may also be turned in on the day of the ride.  

Funds must be received by Oct. 15, 2022 to be counted toward fundraising prizes and incentives. 

I’m not sure how to raise the money. What should I do?
The mission of Emmaus is to create long term solutions to homelessness and poverty. Riding in Cycle for Shelter gives you a chance to be part of the solution.

Be proud to ask your friends, family and co-workers to support you. Emmaus programs serve residents of the Merrimack Valley, but riding for Emmaus helps raise awareness of the issue in every community. The event site has tools to help you raise funds.

My company will match my donation or a sponsor's gift, What do I need to do? 

Emmaus needs to confirm that we have received the donation. Please mail the paperwork to: Emmaus Inc. c/o Cycle for Shelter, PO Box 568, Haverhill, MA 01831. Some companies require web-based confirmations. The donor needs to register the donation on the company website as a gift to Emmaus Inc., and allow the company and Emmaus do the rest. Please email cycle@emmausinc.org if you have any questions about Corporate Match Gifts. 

What can I expect at the end of the ride?

We are excited to announce that this year we will have our post-ride cookout! We hope you will stay after you finish your ride for good food, music and great company!

Do you provide tax receipts for all donations to the ride?

No. We have a low administrative overhead and can not do this. If your sponsors require a tax receipt please ask them to donate via credit card through your personal fundraising page. 

I don't have a bike. Can you a recommend a shop that offers bike rental?

Riverside Cycle will offer discount bike rentals for those particpating in our ride, however this is based upon availability. Please contact cycle@emmausinc.org and we will assist you. 

How can I buy an event jersey?
Click on the Cycle for Shelter Store to order your 2022 jersey! 

If I am unable to ride can I get a refund?
Please contact the Event Manager at 978-241-3425 at least 72-hours prior to the start of the ride if you are unable to attend. We will not be able to refund your registration fee, but will not hold you accoutable to raise the minimum fundraising requirement. If we do not hear from you 72-hours prior to the event indicating that you will be riding, you will be held accountable for the minimum fundraising requirement regardless of whether you participated in the event. 

If I have other questions, who should I reach out to? 

Please contact Margot Regan at (978) 241-34425 or at cycle@emmausinc.org. 



























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