100% of Every Rider Raised Dollar Goes Directly to Cancer Research - $1,389,085.04 Raised in 2017

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Join us August 10-12, 2018 for a three-day weekend of cycling, entertainment, and volunteerism. Chainbreaker puts together a full service experience by providing nutrition, hydration, first aid, bike maintenance, transportation, lodging, and entertainment to ensure a safe, successful, and fun weekend for all of its Riders.

Route Options

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1-Day Ride

$1,000 minimum fundraising commitment

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1-Day Ride

$1,250 minimum fundraising commitment

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1-Day Ride

$1,500 minimum fundraising commitment

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2-Day Ride

$2,000 minimum fundraising commitment

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Pelotons

A Peloton is a great way for a group of five or more individuals to share their experience. Peloton members can include Riders, virtual riders, or volunteers. In addition to the individual member profiles, a separate Peloton profile allows you to highlight your Peloton roster and your motivation for coming together to End Cancer.

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VIRTUAL RIDERS

No riding. No volunteering. Just straight-up fundraising. It’s a great way to join the Chainbreaker community and do your part to help us reach our goal.

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Volunteer

We are extremely grateful for the time, talent, and energy that our dedicated volunteers bring to Chainbreaker weekend. Please join us as a volunteer for Chainbreaker 18.

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FAQ

We understand you may have some questions about Chainbreaker so we’ve done our best to answer some of the more obvious questions on our specific FAQ sections:

Chainbreaker weekend is August 10-12, 2018. Please view the schedule below for the weekend breakdown
  • Friday, August 10: Opening Ceremony
  • Saturday, August 11: Ride begins for all routes (25, 50, 100 and 180)
  • Sunday, August 12: Ride continues for 180 mile route
Yes, there is a minimum fundraising commitment for each route as follows:
  • 25 Miles, 1-day ride - I commit to raise $1,000 for Cancer Research
  • 50 Miles, 1-day ride - I commit to raise $1,250 for Cancer Research
  • 100 Miles, 1-day ride - I commit to raise $1,500 for Cancer Research
  • 180 Miles, 2-day ride - I commit to raise $2,000 for Cancer Research
The registration fee for Riders is $100.
Just about any bike will get you 25 or 50-miles. If you are riding 100 or 180-miles you may think about investing in a road bike.
Each Rider must pay a non-refundable registration fee that does not count towards his or her minimum fundraising commitment. The appropriate amount is charged to the Rider’s card upon registration. The Rider’s 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.
You can cancel your participation as a Rider in Chainbreaker up to but no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Remember, all Riders have until October 12, 2018, to reach their minimum fundraising commitments.
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 to help you reach and hopefully exceed your fundraising goal. They can be found in the Fundraising Toolkit in the Chainbreaker Media section on the home page
Riders have until October 12, 2018, to raise funds for Chainbreaker 18.
Yes, you are able to use Chainbreaker’s logos for your personal fundraising efforts. Please send any final designs that use Chainberaker’s assets to Kjerstin Meyer at kjerstin@ChainbreakerRide.org for approval before publication or production.
A High Roller is anyone who has maintained at least $4,000 in their fundraising account as of the fundraising deadline.
A Peloton is a team. Pelotons are a great way for a group of five or more individuals to share their experience. In addition to the individual Rider Profile pages, a separate Peloton profile page allows you to highlight your Peloton roster and your motivation for riding. Peloton members can share donations made to the Peloton as a whole and/or can share funds raised by individual members. Funds may only be shared with fellow Peloton members at the end of the fundraising period.
Yes, Chainbreaker has reserved a block of 20 double queen rooms for $114 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Eagan, MN. These rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis and will be held until July 20, 2018. You can book a room by calling 651-452-3400 and asking for a room in the Chainbreaker block.
A Super Peloton is a group of Pelotons that is formed by a large company, community or organization. A Super Peloton allows different offices, departments, or groups to work together to End Cancer on both a small and large scale. Super Pelotons have the same benefits as individual Pelotons. If your group is interested in starting a Super Peloton please contact the Chainbreaker team and we can help get you all set up.
You are able to start a Peloton during the Rider registration process. If you want to create a Peloton after you've registered, head to your Rider dashboard.
The fund sharing period for Chainbreaker 18 will occur between October 10-21, 2018. During this time, there are two ways to share funds.
  1. Funds donated directly to the Peloton may be shared among individual Peloton Riders who still need additional funds to reach their fundraising commitment.
  2. If an individual Peloton member has exceeded their fundraising commitment, the excess funds can be distributed to another member of the Peloton who has not met their commitment.
All requests to share funds must be emailed to hello@ChainbreakerRide.org by the Peloton Captain by October 20, 2018. Most Pelotons expect those making a request for shared funds to have had involvement during the training year by supporting group efforts and being part of the team. Each Peloton sets their own fund sharing criteria and it will vary; there are no guarantees. While we support fund sharing, we ask that you use fund sharing to supplement (not lead) your individual fundraising efforts. Dollars shared ultimately affect the total dollars raised for life-saving cancer research.
Yes, the Peloton Captain can change the name of their Peloton in their Rider dashboard.
You are able to join a Peloton during the Rider registration process. If you want to join a Peloton after you've registered, head to your Rider dashboard.
Participants can be a member of only one Peloton because membership can involve sharing funds and funds may only be shared among Peloton members.
No, the members of a Peloton do not have to ride the same distance.
You can invite someone to join your Peloton from your Rider dashboard.
Riders will depart out of Eagan from the Blue Cross Blue Shield campus. The route will take riders south and east through Rosemount, Farmington, and Hampton (25-mile finish with breakfast). It will then connect with the beautiful Cannon Valley Trail out of Cannon Falls and head due east. The trail ends near Welch Village (50-mile finish with lunch/100 & 180-mile lunch) where the route will veer south and west passing through the small communities of Vasa, Belle Creek, Dennison, and Nerstrand, MN. Riders will continue west until they reach Cannon City. This is where the route changes and heads north into Northfield and St. Olaf College (100-mile finish & 180-mile overnight). On Sunday, the 180-mile Riders will begin riding back in the direction of the Twin Cities. Safe to say the route will appeal to cyclists of all abilities!
You can find a map of the route here.
All rides will begin at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday of Chainbreaker weekend. 25, 50, and 100-mile Riders will complete their routes on Saturday. 180-mile Riders will stay overnight on Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and continue the second portion of their ride on Sunday.
We encourage you to register for a route that you are physically comfortable riding. The key with this one is to finish with a smile! As a rule of thumb, most anyone can ride 25 miles with some training. 50-mile Riders should get a ride or two each week during the warmer months. 100 and 180-mile routes require a commitment to endurance training.
Up to but no later than 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, you are able to change your route distance and the corresponding minimum fundraising commitment. After 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018, you are not permitted to decrease your route and minimum fundraising commitment below the amount that you are committed to raise as of 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018.
Just about any bike will get you 25 or 50-miles. If you are riding 100 or 180-miles, you may think about investing in a road bike!
A training guide with training tips for each route can be found in the Chainbreaker Media section on the home page.
There will be a rest stop every 12 to 20-miles for water, food, mechanical and medical attention. Support vehicles will also patrol the route to provide assistance, if necessary.
Yes, Chainbreaker Riders are asked to strictly adhere to rules of the road. A safe ride is paramount to the Chainbreaker experience.
Yes, you must be at least 14 years of age to ride in Chainbreaker. Riders who are 14 and 15 years old may register to ride the 25 and 50-mile routes only. Riders who are 16 years and older may register for any of the routes. Parents or guardians will be required to execute the Rider agreement and waiver on behalf of the minor Rider.
Yes, tandems are encouraged but each Rider on the tandem bicycle must register separately and each Rider must meet his/her own individual fundraising commitment for the route that is chosen. Under no circumstances may the fundraising commitment be divided among the Riders on the tandem bicycle.
No, under no circumstances may you ride with an infant or child attached to your bicycle and any other riding apparatus at any time during Chainbreaker.
No. Your registration as a Rider in Chainbreaker is never transferable, even if you do not or cannot ride in Chainbreaker for any reason whatsoever, including any illness or injury that may limit or preclude your participation. You are not permitted to grant another person the right to ride in Chainbreaker in your place under any circumstances.
Click on the orange Donate button in the upper right hand corner and search for the Rider or Peloton you wish to donate to. Select Quick Donate to start the donation process or View Profile to learn more about them!
Click on the orange Donate button in the upper right hand corner to start the donation process. You will be able to make a pledge online. Once the pledge has been made, please write the full name of the Rider you wish to donate to in the memo line and mail your check made payable to CHAINBREAKER at the address: P.O. Box 14469, St. Paul, MN 55114. Please note, this address only accepts USPS mail.
Please mail the check to P. O. Box 14469, St. Paul, MN 55114. Also, be sure that your Rider name is included in the memo line, so that we may appropriately apply the donation to your ride. If the donor made the check out to your name, you are able to sign the check over to Chainbreaker prior to mailing it in by writing "Pay to the order of Chainbreaker" in the endorsement area on the back of the check along with your signature.
The data we collect is necessary to create accurate donor records and provide appropriate tax acknowledgement information. The information is not used for solicitation purposes. If you have any questions about the information that is being collected, please contact Chainbreaker at hello@chainbreakerride.org.
If you would like a tax acknowledgement receipt, it is always best to make a credit card or check donation. Chainbreaker cannot issue tax acknowledgement receipts for cash donations that are not brought directly to the Chainbreaker office by the actual donor. Please do not send cash through the mail. If you are a Rider who has received a cash donation, there are two options for applying the cash donation to your ride. In the first instance, you may keep the cash and make an online credit card donation to yourself for the same amount. Please note, however, that if you use this option, you will become the official donor and you will receive a tax acknowledgement receipt at the email address that you provide. Please do not substitute the cash donor’s name or address for your own when you make the credit card donation on your card. Alternatively, you may bring the cash donation to our office. In this scenario, Chainbreaker still cannot issue a tax acknowledgement receipt to the cash donor who is not present, but you can pick up a blank cash donation receipt that you can provide to your donor to fill out for his/her own record keeping. Please note, Chainbreaker will not complete this receipt form for you as it must be completed by the donor.
All donations are 100% tax deductible in the United States, unless the donor received goods and/or services in exchange for all or a portion of his/her donation, such as through an auction or other fundraiser. For foreign donors, please refer to your local tax laws to determine if your donation to Chainbreaker is tax deductible. All credit card donors will immediately receive a tax acknowledgement letter via email. All check donors will receive a tax acknowledgement letter snail mail after the check is received by Chainbreaker.
Yes, Chainbreaker is a 501(c)(3). If you would like more information about our Tax ID# or non-profit status, please email hello@chainbreakerride.org.
There is no fundraising requirement for volunteers but fundraising is certainly encouraged. Volunteers can fundraise by registering as a virtual rider. As a virtual rider, you can create a profile, share your story, join a Peloton, and use all the same fundraising tools as Riders.
All shifts available for Chainbreaker weekend are listed on Sign Up Genius. You must have an account set up in Sign Up Genius to select a shift. If you were a volunteer last year, you may use the same sign-in information. Click here to access Sign Up Genius.
Chainbreaker runs on volunteers! There are many times you can volunteer: pre-Chainbreaker weekend, at the Opening Ceremony, the morning of the launch, at every start & finish location, or at a rest stop along the route on Saturday and Sunday.
You must be at least 14 years old to volunteer. To register as a minor volunteer, please contact Abby at Abby@ChainbreakerRide.org to receive a minor volunteer waiver. The minor volunteer waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian in order to volunteer for your shift.
The minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old. If you would like to have your family join you at a rest stop or finish line, we encourage them to come and cheer on Riders but please arrange for another adult to monitor your children during your shift so that you are able to focus on your volunteer responsibilities.
All Chainbreaker volunteers will receive a T-shirt upon arrival at their first shift. Please note that if you plan to volunteer for more than one activity or shift you will receive only one T-shirt. In addition to the supplied T-shirt, we suggest dressing in layers as needed. Last year, ride day started out chilly and gradually warmed up. Please keep in mind that all activities are outdoors and volunteers will likely be on their feet for a majority of their selected shift(s). Comfortable shoes are a must, along with sunscreen.
Volunteers are welcome to bring sunscreen, water bottles, and a small cooler or snacks, especially if you have any special dietary requirements.
A lead volunteer is responsible for all of the activities of their volunteer teams at their chosen locations and/or under their specific responsibilities. If you choose to be a lead volunteer, you must be willing to make yourself available the entire time the volunteer team activities that you are leading occur. The times required will vary by responsibilities at some locations. In addition to being available during Chainbreaker weekend, lead volunteers will also be expected to participate in pre-Chainbreaker meetings, weekend activities and be responsible for communicating many event details to their volunteer team. If you are interested in being a lead volunteer for the first time please email Abby Nixt at Abby@ChainbreakerRide.org for more information.
Your lead volunteer for the volunteer activity you selected will contact you with information prior to Chainbreaker weekend. The earlier you register, the more often you are likely to hear from your lead volunteer. What are the volunteer activities?
There are no specific requirements to be a photography volunteer. However, we do ask that you supply your own camera or additional equipment. As we get closer to the event, your Lead Volunteer will contact you with further details. After Chainbreaker weekend all necessary information on how to upload the photos taken during Chainbreaker weekend will be communicated to you.

VOLUNTEER TEAM ACTIVITIES


BIKE MANAGEMENT
Handles organization, storage, and transfer of bikes at various locations along the route. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting (mostly bikes).

CHAINBREAKER ROAD CREW
The Chainbreaker Road Crew is a mobile crew of approximately 50+ volunteers who support Riders during the weekend. Medical and mechanical volunteers ride along together in a minivan assisting Riders out on course. This is a weekend-long commitment beginning with an orientation just before the ride. The beauty of Road Crew is that you see Chainbreaker from start to finish and everything in between.

  • MEDICAL/FIRST AID - ROAD CREW
    Volunteers who ride in Chainbreaker marked minivans along the route to troubleshoot and assist Riders as necessary. Please note, all volunteers in this role should be licensed physicians, paramedics, EMTs, physician assistants, nurses or athletic trainers.

  • MECHANICAL - ROAD CREW
    Volunteers who ride in Chainbreaker marked minivans along the route providing quick, mechanical assistance to Riders along the route. Mechanical volunteers must be able to change a tire and perform minor bike adjustments.

  • FIRST AID - FINISH VENUES/REST STOPS
    Provide Riders, volunteers, spectators and other participants with first aid assistance at venue sites along the route. Please note, all volunteers in this role should have BLS training or a medical background.

    FOOD & BEVERAGE TENT
    Assists in serving food and beverages to Riders and guests at various venue sites. Ensures all areas are clean and free of debris. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting.

    GENERAL VOLUNTEER
    Supplements volunteer teams and performs various tasks as necessary. Activities could include set-up, clean-up and cheering on Riders. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting or standing for extended periods of time.

    INFORMATION/QUESTIONS
    Greets Riders and guests and assists with their inquiries at various venue locations.

    LUGGAGE MANAGEMENT
    Coordinates organization, storage, shipment, and delivery of Riders’ bags.

    OVERNIGHT ROOM MANAGEMENT
    Coordinates distribution of room assignments and generally assists Riders who are staying overnight at the 100-mile finish at St Olaf College.

    PHOTOGRAPHY
    Takes photographs and/or shoots video during Chainbreaker weekend at various locations.

    RIDER CHECK-IN
    Helps with the check-in and dispatch process of volunteers to various locations.

    RIDER SHUTTLE MANAGEMENT
    Assists with operation of Rider shuttle transfers from the various finish venues back to Blue Cross Blue Shield in Eagan.

    STAGING - RIDE LAUNCH
    Coordinates the organization of Riders at the start (Blue Cross Blue Shield) to ensure that every Rider starts safely and timely. Please note, this activity may require standing for extended periods of time.

    SITE CLEAN UP AND TEAR DOWN
    Assists with the clean up and tear down of finish venues. Please note, this activity may involve heavy lifting.

    VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN
    Helps wit the check-in and dispatch process of volunteers to various locations.

Virtual riders are individuals who are unable to participate in Chainbreaker weekend but still want to be part of the movement to End Cancer. You can choose to be a virtual rider instead of selecting a route during the registration process.
There is no minimum fundraising commitment for virtual riders. Virtual riders who raise $1,000 or more will receive a piece of Chainbreaker swag
Virtual riders have access to all the same fundraising tools that Riders have to fundraise. These tools can be found in the Media Kits section below.
No, there is no fee to be a virtual rider. However, if you make the change to be a Chainbreaker Rider, there will be a $100 registration fee and a minimum fundraising commitment associated with the route you select.
You are able to upgrade from a virtual rider to a Chainbreaker Rider in your dashboard. During this process you will be asked to sign the Fundraising Agreement and Cancellation Policy and Participant Waiver and Agreement as well as pay the $100 registration fee.
Virtual riders are welcome to purchase a ticket to Opening Ceremony on the Friday of Chainbreaker weekend. They are also encouraged to cheer for other Riders along the route and at the finish celebrations.