This year’s CTF Ride offers an incredible experience no matter where you’re riding. Below is all the information on our Remote and In-Person Ride Week and Ride Day activities. Still have questions after reading this trove of valuable stuff? Email us at [email protected] or message us on any of our social media channels: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Ride Week: Connect with us on our Ride Week Website. Beginning on Tuesday, September 6, all participants will have access to our Ride Week Website. The Ride Week Website will be filled with special activities and content for you.
Pre-Ride & Bike Drop Off - Friday, September 9: All In-Person Riders who did not qualify for Home Check-In must check-in at Pre-Ride to receive their jersey, event wristband and bike label (details below). Once checked in, Riders are strongly encouraged to bring their bike to Overnight Bike Parking at the Yale Bowl. Security will be provided for bikes left at the Yale Bowl and no bike locks are necessary. Note that only bikes displaying the CTF bike label may be dropped off at Overnight Bike Parking.
Please bring a mask! Face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces (including Pre-Ride at the Floyd Little Athletic Center) and in any Ride transportation including sweep vans and shuttle buses.
Ride Day - Saturday, September 10: On Ride Day, In-Person Riders can start arriving at the Yale Bowl at 5:45am. Our Opening Ceremony will take place at 6:45am before each route will open. Once you have completed your route, you’ll join us back at the Yale Bowl for the Finish Line Festival complete with food trucks (all Riders receive tickets for food), complimentary beer (21+) and more.
All In-Person riders must check in at Pre-Ride on Friday, September 9 at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven. Check-in will be quick and easy and is available from 11:00am – 7:00pm. Anyone wishing to register for the Ride may come to Pre-Ride to register and then check-in.
In-Person Riders who have met the fundraising minimum for Home Check-in by August 24, 2022 will receive their jersey and event credentials in the mail approximately 5-7 days prior to Ride Day. Riders who have earned Home Check-In do not need to come to Pre-Ride.
Please note that this year, team captains or family members can check in for their team or family members. To do so, you must print and bring a completed check-in waiver signed by each person you are checking in. Adult and youth (under 18) versions are below:
PRE-RIDE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway
New Haven, CT 06511
Ride Day Specifics
Ride Day Routes
You may choose from 10, 25, 40, 65 or 100 mile routes. Please note that mileages are approximate. We may call one route 40 miles but in fact that true mileage may be closer to 39 miles. Mileage is calculated via odometer in a vehicle, which will always differ from a bike computer. In addition, mileage is accounted for from point to point, i.e. driveway to driveway, and therefore mileage between rest stops may compute more on your bike as you will ride into a rest stop to an area where you set your bike down, which will ultimately add mileage that is not calculated in our scouting vehicle because we are not pulling into rest stops, rather only calculating mileage as we pass the entry/exit of a rest stop.
Ride Week: Connect with us on our Ride Week Website. Remote Riders & Non-Riding Fundraisers will join the CTF Ride community via our Ride Week Website (open on Tuesday, September 6) and social media. The Ride Week Website will be filled with special activities and content for you.
All Remote Riders who meet the fundraising minimum by August 24, 2022 should receive their jersey in the mail approximately 5-7 days prior to Ride Day. We encourage you to wear your jersey (and share photos with us using #CTFRide) on Ride Day or on whatever day you choose to Ride Closer to Free.
Ride Day: Join the Festivities! Remote Participants can watch the broadcast (on our Ride Week Website) of the Opening Ceremony live from the Yale Bowl on the morning of September 10 and then head out to ride on their own. The Opening Ceremony will also be available on demand for the remainder of the weekend for those who prefer to ride during the live broadcast (or who want to watch it again!).
Share photos to our social wall. Be sure to post using #CTFRide on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) all week long (just not while riding!). Tagged photos will be displayed on our Ride Week Website and social accounts - be sure to make your profile “public” for Ride Week so we can access your photo!
Remote Rider Ride Day Suggested Itinerary: September 10 (all times Eastern)
Ride Week: Connect with us on our Ride Week Website. Beginning on Tuesday, September 6, all participants will have access to our Ride Week Website. The Ride Week Website will be filled with special activities and content!
Ride Day: On Ride Day, you will report to your assigned Volunteer shift and location. Check-In information is below. All Volunteers will receive 15 tickets to be used at the food trucks of your choice in our food truck village at the Finish Line Festival. You will collect your tickets at the food & beverage tent at the Yale Bowl by showing your event wristband. Volunteers 21+ will also each receive two free drinks in our beer and wine garden with their event wristband. YOU MUST HAVE VALID ID SHOWING THAT YOU ARE 21 to be served alcohol. Additional beer and wine can be purchased by using cash only. Note: Road crew volunteers who may not make it to the Festival will receive a boxed meal.
With the exception of Road Crew and Rest Area Volunteers, all Volunteers will check in at the Yale Bowl. All Volunteers will receive an event wristband and t-shirt. Your wristband allows you access to participant services.
Volunteers working at Pre-Ride on September 9 will check-in at the Volunteer desk at Pre-Ride at the Floyd LIttle Athletic Center to receive their final assignment and t-shirt.
Volunteers working at Yale Bowl will check-in at the Yale Bowl Volunteer tent to receive their final assignment and t-shirt.
Road Crew and Rest Area Volunteers will check-in at Pre-Ride before their required All Road Crew Meeting to receive their event wristband and t-shirt. Road Crew Training is MANDATORY and must be attended by all registered Road Crew and Rest Area teams. Two sessions will be offered at the Floyd Little Athletic Center. Look out for an email with a link to RSVP for one of the meeting options soon!
Any questions regarding Volunteer assignments may be sent to [email protected].
The health and safety of our participants and staff remains of utmost importance. All health and safety protocols have been created in collaboration with Yale New Haven Health’s medical team. Safety measures include: Mask requirements for indoor locations, regular disinfection and cleaning of all shared surfaces. Anyone exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 is asked not to participate in the Ride.
Cycling Safety Policies:
Pre-Ride at Floyd Little Athletic Center, 480 Sherman Parkway, New Haven, CT 06511
As you proceed towards the field house make your first left onto Munson Street and then make your first left into the main parking lot. Overflow parking is available across Munson adjacent to the ball fields.
Ride Day at the Yale Bowl, 81 Central Ave, New Haven, CT 06515
Please Note that no traffic (except emergency vehicles) will be permitted on Central Avenue between Cleveland and North Armory. Riders must access parking in Lot D via Derby Avenue (Route 34). Volunteers/Sponsor/Handicap must access parking in Lot F via Chapel Street. Follow Police instruction for any detours.
YALE BOWL RIDER AND SPECTATOR PARKING– Lot D located off Central Ave and accessible ONLY via Derby Ave (Route 34)
YALE BOWL VOLUNTEER/SPONSOR/HANDICAP PARKING– Lot F located off Central Ave and accessible ONLY off Chapel Street. Follow Chapel Street to Central Avenue. Turn Left onto Central Avenue. Follow signs for VOLUNTEER PARKING.
All participants, family and friends are invited to join the CTF community via our Ride Week Website (open on Tuesday, September 6) and via social media. The Ride Week Website will be filled with special activities and content for you. In addition to our site, check out these fun activities:
Additional questions about Ride Day can be emailed to us at [email protected]