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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Ride Weekend

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With more than 600 riders registered, LOWVELO’s momentum is getting stronger, and we couldn’t be more excited to get the inaugural bike ride officially off the ground Nov. 1 and 2, says rider recruiter Shannon Rice.

“We have been thrilled to receive so much support, from folks signing up to ride for their loved ones to others offering up their time to volunteer,” Rice says. “Thank you to everyone who’s joined the cause. To those who haven’t, it’s not too late! The fun is just getting started, and we would love to have you come out and support any way you can.”

That means as a rider, virtual rider, volunteer or just to cheer, she says. The public is encouraged to come to the Opening Ceremony and to either of the finales on Saturday. Non-riders can purchase opening ceremony tickets, which includes food and entertainment, or finale meal tickets here.

“There’s nothing like riding into a finish line to the cheers of family and friends who also support such a great cause,” says Rice. One of her favorite parts about working with riders is the amazing stories she gets to hear, many about cancer survivors who know firsthand the lifesaving value of cancer research. Riders and donors alike appreciate that 100% of what’s raised benefits cancer research at Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, she says.

Volunteers still are needed to fulfill a wide range of roles, from hospitality workers to green team members. “If you have loved ones who want to support the cause by volunteering, they can sign up [here] to register for their perfect role. Shifts are available throughout the weekend — and they come with perks.”

Friday night (Nov. 1) volunteers can participate in the Opening Ceremony festivities, including the Blue Dogs show, and enjoy Lowcountry cuisine. Those volunteering Sat. Nov. 2 can partake in the finale festivities, including the barbecue lunch from Swig & Swine. Saturday volunteers may also use the code given by a LOWVELO volunteer coordinator to receive 50% off Opening Ceremony tickets. (Email erinne@lowvelo.org for the volunteer code.)

Here’s an overview of the weekend:

RIDE WEEKEND ITINERARY

FRIDAY, NOV. 1: Opening Ceremony with the Blue Dogs at Riverfront Park
Riders: Friday’s festivities involve more than food, fun, and entertainment. This is the time to check in, grab your official Rider Credentials Packet (which includes your food-and-drink wristband, jersey and bib), check in a bag (optional) and drop off your bike. For every logistical thing you need to know about ride weekend, check the official Rider Playbook!

 

3 p.m. Check-in, packet pick-up, bag and bike drop-off begins
5 p.m. Food and drinks available (free for riders and Friday volunteers)
5:45 p.m. Blue Dogs
6:30 p.m. LOWVELO ceremony with comedian David Lee Nelson
7 p.m. Blue Dogs
8:30 p.m. Event concludes

 

SATURDAY, NOV. 2: Start Line at Riverfront Park

5:30 a.m. Venue parking lots open
6-8:30 a.m. Light breakfast snacks availableEmergency bike maintenanceBag check (if not done Friday night)Bike pick-up
7 a.m. 100- and 50-mile riders called to start
7:30 a.m. 100- and 50-mile riders depart
7:45 a.m. 25-mile riders called to start
8:15 a.m. 25-mile riders depart


25-MILE FINALE at RIVERFRONT PARK

9 a.m. 25-mile finale festivities begin

Complimentary food from Swig & Swine for riders and Saturday volunteers

2 p.m. Event concludes


50- AND 100-MILE FINALE at SHIPYARD PARK

10 a.m. 50- and 100-mile finale festivities begin

Complimentary food from Swig & Swine for riders and Saturday volunteers

6 p.m. Event concludes


RIDE WEEKEND TICKETS

Opening Ceremony

Who can go: Anyone — ticketed event open to the public.
Riders, Friday volunteers, and kids 12 and under may attend and partake in the festivities, including the Lowcountry cuisine buffet, at no cost.
General public can purchase $40 tickets, which include food, drinks and entertainment. Saturday volunteers can attend at half price with a discount code given by LOWVELO volunteer coordinator (erinne@lowvelo.org).
Tickets

Riverfront Park Finale
Who can go: Anyone. Admission is free.
The Swig & Swine lunch is complimentary for riders, Saturday volunteers and kids 12 and under. General public can purchase $20 meal tickets.
Meal Tickets

Shipyard Park Finale
Who can go:
 Anyone. Admission is free.
The Swig & Swine lunch is complimentary for riders, Saturday volunteers and kids 12 and under. General public can purchase $20 meal tickets.
Meal Tickets

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