FAQ

What is the date for Bike to the Beat 2021?
It will take place on Saturday, August 7th, 2021.
How do I register for the ride?
You may register online here!
When and where is packet pickup?
Packet pickup will be at both Christ the King Church in Combined Locks and The Abbey in De Pere on Friday, August 6th from 9:00am to 6:00pm. Packets are also available for pickup at Christ the King Church in Combined Locks & The Abbey in De Pere on Saturday, August 7th from 7:00am to 10:00am.
I've signed up for this year's ride. How can I verify my registration or manage my registration info?
Registered riders can verify registration here or update registration details, manage team members, change starting location, and more on the participant event registration page.
Where can I buy Bike to the Beat merchandise?
Check out all of our awesome merchandise at the official Bike to the Beat online store!
Is the entire course paved?
Yes, all trails and roads in the course are paved. There is no gravel.
How safe is the ride?
We will have a fully trained paramedics team throughout the course who are specialized in dealing with medical situations with our event. The ride has marshals spread out across the ride to look after and help the riders through their journey. We ensure that there are breaks spaced out for riders to take a rest.
Is this event safe to attend?
Our top priority is the health and safety of our event participants. We are closely monitoring new developments with COVID-19 and any possible health and safety concerns associated with large public events. In addition to offering virtual Bike to the Beat participation in 2021, we are committed to taking extra precautions to provide a safe in-person event experience.
Specifically, what steps will be taken to make this a safe experience for everyone?
The CDC has placed several counties in NE Wisconsin in their “Substantial” transmission level. The BTTB course will travel through counties that as of August 5 are in the Substantial level. The CDC has also updated their recommendations for masking of everyone indoors regardless of their vaccination status. In compliance with health department guidelines and municipal mitigation plans, the following measures will be in place to help safeguard against COVID at the outdoor in-person Bike to the Beat event:

• Limited attendance to allow for social distancing
• Face coverings recommended at start/finish line and all food stops
• Socially distanced and staggered start times on ride day
• Additional stops along route to increase distancing
• PPE and sanitization supplies provided for volunteers
• Additional sanitization supplies available for participants
• Volunteers dedicated to disinfecting surfaces and monitoring adherence to COVID safety measures at all stops
• Instructional signage posted to provide clear guidelines on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19
• Adherence to recommended practices for safe handling/service/distribution of food and beverages during COVID

Can I attend Bike to the Beat if I’m not vaccinated?
According to the CDC, being fully vaccinated lowers the risk of severe illness or death from COVID. We understand that getting vaccinated is a deeply personal choice and can also depend on availability or eligibility. Bike to the Beat riders, volunteers, or staff are not required to be fully vaccinated in order to participate in the event.
How is the ride supported? For example will there be food/drink stations?
We will have seven food and beverage stations, plus refreshment stops located throughout the route.
What if I get tired on the bike ride? Are there facilities for a break on the route?
Yes, there are plenty of stops along the course if you wish to take a break. All riders will also receive phone numbers to call, in case they're unable to complete the ride.
Will there be someone to look at my bike in case of mechanical failure on the route?
Yes, bike mechanics are available on route but as a rider it is your responsibility to ensure that your bike is roadworthy. Repairs will be basic, for example: Air, brakes and gear checks which will be carried out at the food/music stations. If you are unable to complete the ride with your bike, you can call one of the phone numbers (will be provided at ride time) to request a course transport vehicle to pick you up.
I don't own a bike but I'd really like to participate. Can I rent one for the day?
Definitely! There are some local bike shops that do rent bicycles. You can give the Appleton Bike Shop a try.
Do I need to wear a helmet during the ride?
YES! For your safety, helmets are required and must be worn at all times while you are cycling. We recommend that you visit your local cycling shop as they will be able to advise you on the correct sized helmet to fit your head comfortably.
But seriously... are helmets REALLY required?
YES! We are strict on this rule. You will not be allowed to participate in Bike to the Beat without a helmet. All passengers must have a helmet, too (kids riding in trailers, carriers, etc.).
Can bicyclists have their child(ren) ride in a bike seat, bike trailer, or trailer bike?
Certainly! But remember, everyone must be wearing a helmet.
What is the minimum age for entry?
There is no minimum age to participate - families are welcome! Note: be sure to register every participant in your family/team if they’d like a t-shirt. This includes kids riding in a bike seat, bike trailer, or trailer bike.
Are dogs/pets allowed to participate with riders?
No, for the safety of everyone participating in the event, animals will not be allowed.
Where can I park my car for Bike to the Beat?
Those departing from De Pere: there is ample parking around The Abbey.

For those leaving from Combined Locks: please park in the Kimberly High School parking lot.

What kind of food will be available throughout the course?
Food will vary from station to station and will include bagels, muffins, cheese curds, root beer floats, chicken wings, brats, sliders, ice cream, and more! Food items are subject to change without notice.
Will the ride still go on if there is inclement weather?
Unfortunately, there is no rain date and no refunds will be given due to inclement weather.
Bike to the Beat was canceled in 2020. What happens if it’s canceled again this year?
To be sure, 2020 was a year of uncertainty. After careful deliberation, Bike to the Beat was canceled last year. We anticipate this year’s event will take place as planned, but if safety concerns arise and the decision is made to cancel the 2021 event, an official notice will be posted on the Bike to the Beat website and social media. More information on registration fee refunds will be posted IF the 2021 event is canceled.
How do I volunteer for Bike to the Beat?

You can sign up using the link on our volunteer page

Are recumbent bikes allowed?
Yes! The only bikes not allowed are motorized bicycles. However, battery assisted bicycles are fine, if needed for medical reasons.