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When you Ride Closer to Free, you’re joining Connecticut’s best cycling event. Now in its 9th year, the Closer to Free Ride is the one you don’t want to miss. Starting and ending at the historic Yale Bowl, the CTF Ride features five professionally-designed and fully-supported routes: 10 miles, 25 miles, 40 miles, 65 miles and the iconic CTF Century at 100 miles. Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or looking for a family friendly ride - This is Your Ride.
The Closer to Free Ride delivers an incredible event experience from the time you register. You’ll receive our entire suite of training and fundraising resources, become connected to our passionate and inspiring community, and find support at every turn. On Ride Day, you’ll be inspired by the stirring Opening Ceremony, enjoy scenic routes filled with nourishing rest stops and cheering volunteers and cap it all off at our Finish Line Festival complete with food trucks, live music and a beer garden (21+ of course!). Whether this is your first Ride or you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll be amazed at how well the CTF Ride takes care of you.
Every dollar you raise supports patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. That’s right: One hundred percent of the funds you raise as a Ride participant go directly to patient care and advanced research. Each rider commits to raising at least $500 (but don’t worry, we give you lots of help and the average rider raises more than $1,100!) and you can be confident that those dollars will be put to good work in New Haven and beyond.