FAQs

We’ve done our best to answer the most common general and team questions about LOWVELO. If you have questions about a specific topic not addressed below, please contact our team.

General Questions

November 5, 2022

We will share more details once they are finalized closer to ride day.

We will share more details once they are finalized closer to ride day.

Yes, there is a minimum fundraising commitment for each route as follows:

23-mile Route: $500*
57-mile Route: $1,000*
100-mile Route: $1,500*

*Students, cancer survivors, cancer patients, children 14-17 (23- & 57-mile) and children 16-17 (100-mile) may ride with the reduced commitment of $250.

10-mile Island Ride: $300*
Outdoor Stationary Cycling Class: $300*

*Students, cancer survivors and cancer patients may ride with the reduced commitment of $250. One child (8-17) per registered adult may ride with no fundraising commitment. The registration fee still applies.

The fundraising deadline is December 31, 2022. Riders who have not met their minimum fundraising commitment by December 31, 2022, will be charged the difference between their fundraising-to-date and the amount they committed to raise during the registration process. If you’re unsure of the status of your fundraising efforts, please take a moment to log in to your rider profile and check your fundraising progress. Another great resource is our fundraising toolkit.

Some teams 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 team fund sharing in the Team Questions section below.

Each participant must pay a non-refundable registration fee that counts towards his or her minimum fundraising commitment. Your 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.

Registration is $50 and includes a LOWVELO22 T-shirt, cycling jersey, swag bag, admission to the ride after party on November 5 and awards ceremony in 2023. The registration fee counts towards your fundraising minimum. Look for free and discounted registration opportunities throughout the year.

10-mile Island Ride & Stationary Cycling Classes

To participate in the 10-mile Island Ride and stationary cycling classes, the minimum age is 8 as of Friday, November 4, 2022. Children 8-17 are not required to fundraise for these routes, but the registration fee still applies. One child per fundraising adult, please.

23- & 57-mile Rides

To participate in the 23- and 57-mile rides, the minimum age is 14 as of Friday, November 4, 2022. The minimum fundraising commitment for children 14-17 is $250. Each child must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per child).

100-mile Ride

To participate in the 100-mile ride, the minimum age is 16 as of Friday, November 4, 2022. The minimum fundraising commitment for children 16-17 is $250. Each child must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per child).

Just about any bike will accomplish a 10-, 23- or 57-mile ride. If you are riding 100 miles, you may want to consider investing in a road bike.

We allow e-bikes 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 e-bike repairs.

LOWVELO Home Team is our virtual option. You can complete your mileage however you choose – walk, run or ride – and at your own pace. We’ll mail your LOWVELO22 T-shirt and swag bag right to your door.

Since the core of our event is fundraising for MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, Home Team participants will still have a fundraising minimum of $300.

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 for those who wish to participate virtually. Participants will have a $300 fundraising minimum and 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 5, 2022. You can choose to run, walk, cycle, skip, row, whatever makes you happy!

If you sign up for LOWVELO Home Team, you have until October 5, 2022 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 5, 2022 to let us know that too.

You can withdraw up until October 5, 2022. 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.

The finish line party is for registered riders. Of course, you can have someone pick you up at the finish line, but the food and drinks will be for riders only.

We need over 500 volunteers to make LOWVELO roll smoothly. From registration to hospitality, the perfect role awaits you. Visit our Volunteer page to register as a volunteer today. 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.

While there is no minimum fundraising commitment for volunteers, you are welcome to raise money and you 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 join a team, your fundraising will help the team reach its goal. Remember, 100% of every participant-raised dollar directly funds lifesaving cancer research at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

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.

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.

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 minimum for 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 make a donation to your own ride on Facebook. It’ll show people you’re serious!

Yes! Instagram 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 (Please make sure they put LOWVELO and your rider name in the memo line.)

Mail to:
Hollings Cancer Center – Office of Development
86 Jonathan Lucas Street, MSC 955
Charleston, SC 29425

Tax ID 57-6028985 

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).

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, MSC 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 PayPal or Venmo account and then you can submit the donation to your donation page on their behalf.

A High Tide Club member is anyone who has raised at least $5,000 as of the fundraising deadline.

Yes! We are on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. When promoting your ride and fundraising, be sure to tag us and use hashtags #LOWVELO and #LOWVELO22, especially during ride weekend. Need some help making your own LOWVELO art and graphics? Check out our fundraising toolkit!

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 fundraising minimum of only $250 per route, so grab your friends and join us.

Team Questions

A team is a great way for two or more individuals to share their LOWVELO experience and combine their fundraising efforts. In addition to individual rider profile pages, a separate team profile page allows you to highlight your team roster and your motivation for riding. Team members can share donations made to the team as a whole and/or share funds raised by individual members. Funds may only be shared with fellow team members at the end of the fundraising period.

It’s easy! Just click the “Create a team” button when you start the registration process.

If you haven’t registered yet, you can click “Join a team” when you start the registration process. If you want to join a team after you’ve registered, you can visit the team profile page and click the “Join team” button.

Teams are eligible for fund-sharing! This means that team captains have the discretion, if they choose, to share surplus funds generated beyond the team’s minimum requirement to those riders (on the team) 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 team.

Each captain will be provided a breakdown of their team’s total fundraising shortly after the fundraising window closes on Dec. 31, 2022. The captain then is responsible for providing the team with directions about how he/she chooses to allocate the excess fundraising. Riders on a team are requested to communicate any feedback about their fund-sharing preferences to their captains.

Yes, the team captain can change the name on the team profile page.

Participants can only be a member of one team because membership can involve sharing funds and funds may only be shared among team members.

No, the members of a team do not have to ride the same distance.