Ride Day Essential Information

The Go the Distance for Autism Ride is almost here and we want to say THANK YOU for your donation and support. The event wouldn’t go on without you, and our four schools wouldn’t be as successful as they are without you either!

Please see below for event details below for Ride Day on Sunday, June 3rd.

Early Check-In
Ride Day, June 3rd
Ride Day Timing and Restrictions
Important Ride Out and Age Restrictions
Family Ride/Kids Ride/Family Fun Festival
Rules of the Road/What to Bring
Bike Rentals
Driving Directions and Parking

Early Check-In - Friday, June 1st

Beat the lines! We will be offering an early check in for any registered riders to come and check in for the Ride!

Friday June 1st
Alpine Learning Group
777 Paramus Rd.
Paramus, NJ 07652

Ride Day Information

Sunday, June 3rd

Bergen County Community College
400 Paramus Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

Ride Day Check-In & Timing:

50 Mile Rider Check-In & Timing:

  • 50 Mile Rider Check In & Breakfast:  6:30am

  • 50 Mile Rider Opening Ceremony: 6:50am

  • 50 Mile Rider RIDE OUT: 7:00am

3 Mile/10 Mile and 25 Mile Rider Check-In & Timing:

  • 3 Mile Family, 10 Mile, 25 Mile Rider Check In & Breakfast: 7:30am – 8:30am

  • 3 Mile Family, 10 Mile, 25 Mile Rider Opening Ceremony: 8:45am

  • 3 Mile Family, 10 Mile, 25 Mile Rider RIDE OUT: 9:00am

Important Ride Out Time Restrictions

  • 50 Mile Riders MUST be on the route by 7:15am or will be swept to the first rest stop to continue riding

  • 25 Mile Riders MUST be on the route by 9:15am or will be swept to the first rest stop to continue riding

  • 10 Mile and 3 Mile Family Riders MUST be on the route by 9:15am.  If Riders are not on the route by this time, they will not be permitted to ride.

Important Age Restrictions

  • Riders MUST be 16 or older to participate in the 50, 25 0r 10 mile rides without a parent

  • NO children UNDER 12 permitted on 50, 25 or 10 mile rides

  • Children 12-15 MUST ride with a parent at all times on the 50, 25 or 10 mile rides

  • ALL children 16 & UNDER MUST ride with a parent participating in the 3 Mile Family Loop

3-Mile Route:

The 3-mile loop off campus. Helmets are mandatory and Family Riders must be able to ride a two-wheel bicycle confidently. No training wheels are allowed.  ALL children 16 & UNDER MUST ride with a parent participating in the 3-mile Family Ride.

Family Loop (begins at 9am):

We have self-contained areas for the young riders who are more comfortable with a smaller riding area. Located in a parking area on the campus, the Kids Ride has separate areas for: Children 7 and Under and Children 8 and Older. Safety is paramount so all riders must wear a helmet and an adult must be present at all times.

Family Fun Festival:

The Family Fun Area is open from 9:00am – 2:00pm. Entry is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 3-17 and free for children under 2 years old.

Important Rules of the Road:

  • In an Emergency, Dial 911 FIRST, then call the Emergency Help Line located on your event wristband.

  • If you’re lost or need a sweep van, call the Emergency Help Line located on your wristband.

  • You must wear an ANSI-approved helmet and keep it strapped on at all times

  • Always ride single file and stay to the right except when making left turns

  • Roads are not closed for the Ride.  Obey ALL traffic laws and road signs.  Stop at all stop signs and red lights or risk being ticketed

Things to bring:

We ride rain or shine so make sure to dress appropriately. Bring an ID, plenty of sunscreen and a water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Bike Rentals:

If you're interested in renting a bike for your Go the Distance Ride you can do so by following this https://bikerent.nyc/go-the-distance-for-autism/

Rentals range from $40 to $80 depending on the type of bike you choose.  Hybrids are available in kids and adult sizes and come with a basket on the front to carry your personal water bottle.  Road Bikes and Mountains Bikes contain a water bottle cage on the frame to hold your personal water bottle.  Each rental comes with a helmet as helmets are mandatory to participate in Go the Distance.  Bikes are Trek and Giant brand.

You MUST reserve by 11:59PM on May 31, 2018.

Driving Directions and Parking

Via Route 17 from the North

  • Turn Right off Route 17 onto Ridgewood Avenue (west) to Paramus Road.  Turn Left onto Paramus Road and continue approximately two miles to college.  Proceed around jug handle to main entrance.

Via Route 17 from the South

  • Take Century Road, second exit to the right.  Proceed around cloverleaf over Route 17 onto Century Road (west).  Continue to Paramus Road.  Turn Right onto Paramus Road and follow to the college entrance on the right.

  • Go the Distance directional signs will be placed around the campus grounds to guide drivers.

  • Parking for Riders, Volunteers and Family Fun guests is located in Event Parking Lot A, Surface Lot and Parking Deck and in Event Parking Lot B as noted on the site plan.

  • Handicap Parking is available in Lot C.  Follow signs for handicap parking.

See the parking site plan below:

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You may choose from 3, 10, 25 and 50 mile routes.  Please note that mileages are approximate.  We may call one route the 25 mile route but in fact the true mileage may be closer to 26.7.  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 just calculating as we pass the entry/exit of a rest stop.

3 Mile Ride
The 3 mile ride is an off campus route that is mainly flat and supported by Paramus Police.  An easy ride but remember no one under 16 may ride this route without a parent or guardian acc

25 Mile Ride
The 25 mile ride is for our more intermediate riders.  We’ll pass by scenic and peaceful reservoirs while increasing our mileage and adding some challenging short climbs.  There is one rest stop on the 25 mile route.

10 Mile Ride
The 10 mile ride is mainly flat with little elevation gain and travels through the quaint borough of Ho Ho Kus in addition to Ridgewood and Paramus.

50 Mile Ride
Our 50 mile ride is for our most experienced and well trained riders.  As on the 25 mile route, we’ll ride through peaceful areas passing scenic reservoirs and through quiet country roads leading us into quaint boros before cruising through open roads in Franklin Lakes.  Our climbs in elevation and frequency increase on the 50 mile loop.  There are three rest stops on the 50 mile route.

50 Mile Route:  50.2 Miles
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25 Mile Route:  26.7 Miles
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10 Mile Route:  10.4 Miles
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3 Mile Route:  3.1 Miles
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We can’t wait to see you soon to Ride Jersey Strong together. Thanks for Going the Distance for kids and families with autism in Northern NJ!

The Go the Distance for Autism Ride Planning Committee

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