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We understand you may have some questions about LOWVELO so we’ve done our best to answer some of the more obvious questions on our specific FAQ sections:

Riders who have not met their minimum fundraising commitment by December 31, 2021, will be charged the difference between their fundraising-to-date and the amount they committed to raise during the registration process. If you're looking for creative inspiration, check out the blog links below. If you're unsure of the status of your fundraising efforts, please take a moment to log in to your rider profile at www.lowvelo.org and check your fundraising progress. Another great resource is our fundraising toolkit. Some Pelotons are in the lucky position of having raised a surplus of funds beyond their riders' minimum commitments. In that case, it may be possible to do fund sharing. See an explanation of Peloton fund sharing below.
Top LOWVELO fundraisers reveal their secrets to success
How a grandmother's cancer battle inspired one rider to crush her fundraising goal
Creative ways to raise LOWVELO donations, plus a few social media tips
Riders who have not met their minimum fundraising commitment by December 31, 2021, will be charged the difference between their fundraising to-date and the amount they committed to raise during the registration process. If you're looking for creative inspiration, check out the blog links below. If you're unsure of the status of your fundraising efforts, please take a moment to log in to your rider profile at www.lowvelo.org and check your fundraising progress. Another great resource is our fundraising toolkit. Some Pelotons are in the lucky position of having raised a surplus of funds beyond their riders' minimum commitments. In that case, it may be possible to do fund sharing. See an explanation of Peloton fund sharing below.
Top LOWVELO fundraisers reveal their secrets to success
How a grandmother's cancer battle inspired one rider to crush her fundraising goal
Creative ways to raise LOWVELO donations, plus a few social media tips
Pelotons are eligible for fund-sharing! This means that Peloton captains have the discretion, if they choose, to share the surplus of funds generated beyond the Peloton's minimum requirement, to those riders (on the peloton) who have not met their minimum fundraising requirement. The funds that can be considered for this sharing extends to virtual riders supporting the team as well as funds aggregated in the general Peloton.
Each captain will be provided a breakdown of the team's total fundraising shortly after the fundraising window closes on Dec. 31, 2021. The Peloton captain then is responsible for providing the team with directions about how he/she chooses to allocate the excess fundraising. Riders on a Peloton are requested to communicate with their captains with feedback about their fund-sharing preferences.
Pelotons are eligible for fund-sharing! This means that Peloton captains have the discretion, if they choose, to share the surplus of funds generated beyond the Peloton's minimum requirement, to those riders (on the Peloton) who have not met their minimum fundraising requirement. The funds that can be considered for this sharing extend to virtual riders supporting the team as well as funds aggregated in the general Peloton.
Each captain will be provided a breakdown of the team's total fundraising shortly after the fundraising window closes on Dec. 31, 2021. The Peloton captain then is responsible for providing the team with directions about how he/she chooses to allocate the excess fundraising. Riders on a Peloton are requested to communicate with their captains with feedback about their fund-sharing preferences.
November 6, 2021
A Peloton is a team. Pelotons are a great way for two or more individuals to share their experience. In addition to the individual rider profile pages, a separate Peloton profile page allows you to highlight your Peloton roster and your motivation for riding. Peloton members can share donations made to the Peloton as a whole and/or can share funds raised by individual members. Funds may only be shared with fellow Peloton members at the end of the fundraising period.
22-, 57-, 100- mile rides:
5:30 a.m. Parking lots open
6 a.m. Check-in opens if you have not picked up packet previously; breakfast available, emergency bike maintenance, bag check, pick-up
7 a.m. 100- and 57-mile riders called to start
7:30 a.m. 100- and 57-mile riders depart
7:45 a.m. 22-mile riders called to start
8:15 a.m. 22-mile riders depart

Island Ride: Ride begins at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy an 10-mile ride for ages 10 and up! Children 10-17 may ride without fundraising with a fundraising adult. One child per adult please. Registration fee still applies for the child unless the child is registered during a “free registration” period.
Stationary: We will have three 45-minute classes with 30 bikes each. Bikes will be professionally cleaned between classes and 6’ apart. Classes will be at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. Class times will be assigned closer to the event date.

Please note: start times are subject to change based on COVID numbers and the need for staggered starts.
A Super Peloton is a group of Pelotons that is formed by a large company, community or organization. A Super Peloton allows different offices, departments, or groups to work together to end cancer on both a small and large scale. Super Pelotons have the same benefits as individual Pelotons. If your group is interested in starting a Super Peloton, please contact the LOWVELO team at lowvelo@musc.edu and we can help get you all set up.
We’re still finalizing our plans and will let you know soon!
You are able to start a Peloton during the rider registration process. If you want to create a Peloton after you've registered, head to your rider dashboard.
Yes, there is a minimum fundraising commitment for each route as follows:

22-mile route $500*
57-mile route $1,000*
100-mile route $1,500*

*Students, cancer survivors, cancer patients and children 14-17 may ride with the reduced rate of $300

Island Ride $300 per person* (10-mile)*One child (10-17) per registered adult may ride with no fundraising minimum. The registration fee applies.

Outdoor Stationary Class $350
*Limited registration to 30 people per class

*College students, cancer survivors, cancer patients and children 14-17 may ride with the reduced rate of $300

Class times (45 min) 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 – Class times will be assigned closer to the registration date.
Yes, the Peloton Captain can change the name of their Peloton in their rider dashboard.
Yes! We will have staggered start times, two start lines, no showers, everything will be outside, increased hygiene stations, masks will be required at check-in, packet pick-up will be spread throughout the week, no Friday night party, boxed food. Rest assured, we will do everything we can to make this a safe ride. Check out our COVID Safety Plan page for full details.
You are able to join a Peloton during the rider registration process. If you want to join a Peloton after you've registered, head to your rider dashboard.
Registration Fees: $75 through Oct. 5; $99 Oct. 6-Nov. 6. Look for free and discounted registration opportunities throughout the year.
Participants can be a member of only one Peloton because membership can involve sharing funds and funds may only be shared among Peloton members.
LOWVELO Home Team is our virtual option this year. Since the core of our event is a fundraising event for MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, participants will still be held accountable for the fundraising minimum. We’ll mail your swag right to your door. You’ll just need to make your own PB&J on ride day!
No, the members of a Peloton do not have to ride the same distance.
We totally get it. While we have increased our safety measures, we understand an in-person event might not be for everyone. We have set up the LOWVELO Home Team option this year. Participants will still be held to the same fundraising minimums, but will be able to log their mileage on their own. You can do it all at once or spread it out. Just complete it by November 6, 2021. You can also choose to run, walk, cycle, skip, row, whatever makes you happy!
You can invite someone to join your Peloton from your rider dashboard.
If you sign up for LOWVELO Home Team, you have until October 6 to change your mind. You can decide not to participate at all, and your fundraising minimum will be canceled. All funds raised up until that point are non-refundable. Your registration fee is also non-refundable. All swag and any perks of the ride will be forfeited. Also, if you decide you do feel comfortable to join us in person, you have until October 6 to let us know that too.
Only the Peloton captain has access to change the Peloton profile (Follow rider instructions, but replace the word "rider" with "peloton".)
At this time, we will be restricting the attendees at the after party. Of course, you can have someone pick you up at the finish line, but the food and drinks will be for riders only.
Just about any bike will accomplish a 22- or 57-mile ride. If you are riding 100 miles, you may want to consider investing in a road bike.
We are allowing ebikes on any route, however, riders are responsible for their own charging. While we have bike mechanics available, we cannot ensure they will be equipped to make ebike repairs.
Each rider must pay a non-refundable registration fee that does not count towards his or her minimum fundraising commitment. The appropriate amount is charged to the rider’s card upon registration. The rider’s card information must remain on file in case you do not reach your fundraising minimum by the fundraising deadline. After the fundraising deadline, your card will be charged for the remainder of your commitment, if any.
You can cancel your participation up to 30 days (October 6, 2021) prior to LOWVELO. Please contact the LOWVELO Team at lowvelo@musc.edu for instructions. Your fundraising minimum will be canceled. All funds raised up until that point are non-refundable. Your registration fee is also non-refundable. All swag and any perks of the ride will be forfeited.
Personalize your rider profile, then direct your friends and family to your rider page and ask them to donate to your ride! We’ve come up with some fundraising tips and a fundraising toolkit to help you reach and hopefully exceed your fundraising goal.
Fundraising deadline is December 31, 2021.
Yes, you are able to use LOWVELO’s logos for your personal fundraising efforts. Please send any final designs that use LOWVELO’s assets to lowvelo@musc.edu.
The College Cup is a fun challenge between the 6 different MUSC Colleges. The college that raises the most money will win the highly sought after trophy! Don’t forget there is a student rate this year of only $300 per route, so grab your friends and join us.
A High Tide Club member is anyone who has maintained at least $5,000 in their fundraising account as of the fundraising deadline.
  1. Minimum age of 14 to participate no later than Friday, November 5, 2021 and commit to fundraise a minimum of $300 for 22 and 57 miles. Must be accompanied by adult. One adult per child.

  2. Minimum age of 16 to participate no later than Friday, November 5, 2021 and commit to fundraise a minimum of $300 for 100 miles. Must be accompanied by adult. One adult per child.

  3. Minimum age of 10-17 to participate in Island Ride no later than Friday, November 5, 2021. One child per fundraising adult, please. Child not required to fundraise, but registration fee applies.
Yes! Many participants have success fundraising through Facebook because Facebook makes the process simple:

  • From your Facebook homepage, search for “MUSC Foundation”
  • Click on “Fundraisers”
  • Click on “Raise Money”
  • To change the name of the fundraiser, click on “Your name’s Fundraiser for MUSC Foundation” and change the name to “First Name Last Name’s LOWVELO Fundraiser for Cancer Research” (make sure your fundraiser says LOWVELO or it won’t be counted!)
  • Click on the photo to change your picture
  • Click “create” in the upper right-hand corner to post

Your rider profile will be updated every two weeks to reflect your Facebook total.

Pro tip: Set your goal as the recommended goal to your mileage and adjust accordingly.

Pro tip: Set your timeframe for 2-3 weeks. You can extend or run another campaign later.

Pro tip: Prime the pump and put a donation for your own ride on Facebook. It’ll show people you’re serious.
If you would like to request donations from outside of the United States, there are a few ways you may do this:

1. Facebook fundraisers! To see if you may receive donations from certain countries, visit Facebook Help for details.

2. Ask friends and family to send the donation as a check payable to MUSC Foundation. You may turn the check in at LOWVELO c/o Hollings Cancer Center, Attn: Megan Baker, 86 Jonathan Lucas St, Ste. 118, MS 955, Charleston, SC 29425

3. Since donations from outside of the United States are not tax deductible, donors may send the funds to you through your Pay Pal or Venmo account for a participant to add to his or her donation page.
Instagram just launched its fundraising tool! These fundraisers last for 30 days with 100% of the funds going directly toward your goal.

  • Click on the + at the top of the page to create a new post.
  • Click “Next” twice and choose “Add Fundraiser” from the options.
  • In the search box, type “MUSC Foundation” and then select it from the list.
  • To change the name of the fundraiser, click on “Fundraising for MUSC Foundation” and change the name to “First Name Last Name’s LOWVELO Fundraiser for Cancer Research” (make sure your fundraiser says LOWVELO or it won’t be counted!).
  • Enter your fundraising goal amount.
  • Click “Done” in the upper right corner.
LOWVELO may receive matching gifts through the MUSC Foundation. When submitting a matching gift to your company, please provide the following:

Payable to MUSC Foundation and mail to:
Hollings Cancer Center – Office of Development
86 Jonathan Lucas Street, MSC 955
Charleston, SC 29425

Tax ID 57-6028985 Please make sure they put LOWVELO and your rider name in the memo line. Email: lowvelo@musc.edu.
Yes! But please remember that while we accept cash, we do not accept change. Please exchange your coins for cash before submitting them to LOWVELO. Cash may be brought to the Director’s Suite in Hollings Cancer Center. Due to COVID restrictions, please call before coming (843-792-4143).
We need over 500 volunteers to make LOWVELO roll smoothly. From registration to hospitality, the perfect role awaits you. Visit www.lowvelo.org to register as a volunteer today. You may even register as a peloton member! While there is no minimum fundraising commitment for volunteers, you do have access to all of the same fundraising tools that riders use! Be sure to head over to LOWVELO.org to personalize your rider profile page by uploading photos and sharing your story. If you’re on a peloton, your fundraising will help the peloton reach its goal. Remember, 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly funds lifesaving cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. Once the volunteer positions are created, we will send you a link to sign up for your volunteer activity. T-shirts will be available at volunteer check-in on ride day.
Yes! We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. When promoting your ride and fundraising, be sure to tag us and use hashtags #LOWVELO21 and #LOWVELO, especially during ride weekend. Need some help making your own LOWVELO art and graphics? Check out our fundraising toolkit!
Visit https://lowvelo.org.
Sign in using the user name and password you created when you registered.
Now you’re on your profile page.
From here you may:

  • Upgrade your ride
  • Share your profile to social media
  • Invite friends to ride with you
  • Invite friends to donate

To edit your profile, place the cursor over “My Rider Profile” found on the left navigation bar. Click “Edit Profile.” This is where you may upload a profile image, write your story, and share videos or other images for prospective donors to view. Some ideas of photos to share include:

  • Training for LOWVELO
  • Group fundraisers you’re participating in
  • Photos of you with those you’re riding for
  • Photos of you with other peloton members

Good luck! Ride safe!
Registration for the event includes a LOWVELO21 T-shirt, Swag bag, a cycling jersey, admission to the November 6 event and awards ceremony in February 2022.