FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not sure which route to do, but I want to sign up. What should I do?
Make your best guess when registering, sign up and train this summer. You can change your route later. We have a route for everyone from beginner to expert. Every route has a few hills so be sure to get in some training miles and you’ll have a much more enjoyable time. Please visit our Routes Page for detailed info.
Can I form a team after I sign up?
Yes, we all know that just about every activity is more fun with friends or family. If you decide to form a team after you sign up, please let us know. We're happy to help you with this process. We can add your team name to the drop-down menu so that your group members may select it when they register.
What is Walk the WAVE?
We are excited to offer a short, fun, walk for those who want to participate in the event on two legs rather than two wheels. Walkers will enjoy the WAVE signature rest stop before returning to the Finish Line festival. In 2016, our route was an approximately 5.8km scenic walk, out and back, to Spiritridge Park, Bellevue. This event is for woman only, just like our WAVE Ride, however, children of both sexes aged 11 & under may participate with a complimentary registration. Welcome your non-riding friends to join your team!
When do I get my ride packet?
You may pick up your ride packet and bib number on ride day at Packet Pickup. We also have Early Packet Pick-up the day before the event, Saturday, September 16th from 8:00am - 1:00pm at Bellevue College Campus, Building L. We will have Route Experts available to answer your questions at both times.
Do I need to fundraise in addition to paying the registration fee to participate in the event?
No, fundraising is not required. We are delighted to have you ride or walk in our event! But please consider this:
Your registration fee goes towards your fundraising dollars, and monies raised through fundraising support The WAVE Foundation’s Discover Your Power program. This program is committed to empowering young people through training in relationship violence education, sexual assault awareness and self-defense.
Fundraising is easy and most people are very happy to give to such an important worthy cause, and we offer Fundraising tips and incentives for riders and teams! There is also really good information available on-line. Many of our "competitors" (other local organized events) provide great fundraising ideas, too :-)
Why should I register early?
Registration price increases as we get closer to the event date - SO SIGN UP TODAY for the lowest price possible. Take advantage of training programs for all cyclist levels, receive email updates on events and activities. Only the first 1000 registered riders receive Cycle the WAVE gift bags (includes dry-fit shirt and our WAVE water bottle).
I would love to ride, but can't afford the registration fee. Is there help available?
Yes, scholarships are available for those needing assistance. Print and complete this Cycle the WAVE Scholarship Application form and email it to our Board President, Sharon Anderson with any questions.
Can my male friends and family members ride Cycle the WAVE?
What makes our ride unique is that it is for Women Only. Those boys, as much as we love them, will change the dynamics of our social ride.
The men in our lives also wanted to ride when we started this event in 2008, and now they are thrilled to be event volunteers, and supporting riders by changing flats, standing on corners giving directions and providing help and encouragement. We would love for your male friends to volunteer on event day and/or become your fundraising partner. Please get them involved! We do however support two other wonderful coed organized rides: Pedal Against Trafficking Humans PATH Ride, and the City of Bellevue’s Lake to Lake Ride. Thank you for understanding.
What if I get a flat or have other mechanical problems at the event?
We will have a SAG wagon along the course and mechanical help at most rest stops. Please make sure that you carry a spare tube with you so that others can help you more easily. Members of the Lakemont Cycling Club - the Guys on Bikes men’s division, will be on bikes and assist with flats. They wear bright yellow and green team jerseys when riding support at our ride. Bike mechanics from our Women Friendly Bike shop partners will be able to assist you at the rest stops. Also look for riders wearing Pink Bibs - our Ride Hostesses and WAVE Ambassadors. They can also assist with minor issues. Please be sure to thank these amazing volunteers for their help!
Can we rent a bike to use at the event?
We do not provide rentals, but Woodinville Bicycle has a small fleet of road bikes. Montlake Bicycles (Seattle) also provide quality rentals. Both companies are super great and supporters of The WAVE.
Are there hotel accommodations near the start line?
Yes, we can recommend two hotels located in Eastgate, Bellevue (a 5-minute drive or bike ride to the start/finish line). The Silver Cloud Bellevue Hotel is a 4-star hotel. The Days Inn Bellevue is a 2-star hotel in the same area with cheaper rates. There are no special WAVE rates for hotels. Please consider discounts you normally use when booking hotels (AAA, etc).
Will there be walk and ride registration on event day?
Although we encourage pre-registration, if you decide at the last minute to join us, come on down! As a friendly reminder, the registration price is higher on event day.
Do both riders on a tandem bike need to register?
Good question! Yes, we need both riders to register and sign a waiver.
I thought I could ride, but now I can’t. Can I get a refund?
Sorry, no refunds. But we do add your fee to our fundraising dollars so please know you are making a real difference in our community. Fundraising dollars go directly to help raise awareness, educate people about domestic violence, and support The WAVE Foundation’s Discover Your Power program. This program is committed to empowering young people through training in relationship violence education, sexual assault awareness and self-defense.
If you let us know in advance we can put your registration towards our scholarship program that will allow a survivor to participate on your behalf.
Can I transfer my registration to a friend or have my registration fee applied to next year’s ride?
Sorry, no. We are not set up to handle either of these requests.
Where does my registration fee go?
All profits from the event go to The WAVE Foundation to support programs that raise awareness and educate people about domestic violence, and support our Discover Your Power program. This program is committed to empowering young people through training in relationship violence education, sexual assault awareness and self-defense.
Grant funds go towards assistance and care for domestic violence victims. Last year’s grant recipients are highlighted on our WAVE Foundation website. Click here.
How much money was raised last year?
In 2016, The WAVE Foundation granted $35,500 to five different agencies, including Discover Your Power. Over the past nine years we have granted more than $1Million to agencies and programs in Washington State, thanks to help from people just like you!
Sadly, I can’t ride this year, can I still be involved?
We will miss you! If you’re in town, you may be interested in volunteering. Email Sherry@thewavefoundation.org.
Or you can become one of our fabulous fundraisers or donors and donate through our website. There are many ways to support us beyond Cycle the WAVE and we'd love to get you involved.
What does Cycle the WAVE stand for?
WAVE stands for Women Against Violence Everywhere. We are Against Violence Everywhere. Because it can happen to anyone. You can learn more about us at The WAVE Foundation.
What if I can’t ride the entire distance?
We have a rider Support cell phone number (206-375-0736) to call to arrange for transportation back to the start/finish line. If you choose to have someone else pick you up, please dial our emergency number and give us your bib number so we know you are off the course, safe and accounted for! Good idea to bring your cell phone!
I like to listen to music when I ride. Can I bring my iPod and wear my ear phones?
Sorry, no, ear phones and any other type of personal music devices are not only dangerous for you, but also for any rider riding near you. The waiver you sign at registration strictly prohibits use of them. Leave them at home and enjoy the sounds of fun! Ride SMART!
I know someone who would like to sponsor Cycle the WAVE. Who should they contact?
related sponsors: contact Event & Operations Manager, Peter Verbrugge
Other inquiries: contact Development Manager Sherry Fadely, email@example.com, or call the WAVE Office at 425-284-9901.
Is there anything special planned at the end of the ride?
Absolutely! Our Finish Line Festival is not to be missed! There will be fabulous food, a wine & beer garden, and a variety of vendors with samples to try and merchandise for sale. Don't miss our fun photo booth and spa, and MANY happy riders sharing tales of their day! This year the Wine & Beer Garden will stay open until 4:00pm. Participants riding the 70-mile route are reminded to leave on time in order to get back and enjoy the festivities.
Is the course hilly?
The 12-mile route has very gentle grades with a rest stop in a residential area. The 29-mile route has some rolling hills through quiet streets of Bellevue. The 46-mile route has a few more rolling hills without the challenging climbs of the 70-mile route, which has all that plus some challenging climbs.
How will I navigate the course?
All routes are marked on the pavement with our Cycle the WAVE markings pointing right, left, straight or wrong way. They will be painted on the road near the right shoulder. Generally, they will be painted 100 feet before a turn followed by a 2nd marker approximately 20 feet before the turn, and a 3rd route marker approximately 10 feet after the turn. Additional sandwich board signs will occasionally be posted. Course volunteers will be on the routes at strategic points to help guide you and cheer you on. 2017 routes are being adjusted currently - we will post them when we are thoroughly satisfied with our route choices. Please look for the Danielle Henry markings on the road to follow the route!
Is there a route map I can use on the day of the ride?
Yes, each rider will receive a cue sheet with a map on the opposite side of the page at packet pick up.
What kind of refreshments will be at the rest stops?
Each rest stop* has a signature specialty with loads of great food, water stations, our special “Pretty Potties” and our enthusiastic WAVE volunteers ready to cheer you on! Please check the route support page for further details.
Can I use a bike trailer?
Unfortunately, with the amount of climbing and descending on sometimes narrow shoulders and in one spot a narrow downhill sidewalk, we do not feel that our courses are suitable for a bike trailer. Encourage your family to join you at the Finish Line Festival where everyone is welcome.
What time does the ride start?
We start the routes in "WAVE's". Check out the Start and Finish Line for your ride or walk start time.
What are the Finish Line Festival hours?
Approximately 11:00am -3:30pm. The Wine & Beer Garden will be open until 4:00pm. Participants riding the 70-mile route are urged to leave on time in order to make it back to enjoy the festivities.
I still have a question?
For registration, team and fundraising questions, please email WAVE Registrar Marci Imbriaco at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For logistics or other questions about the event, please contact Event Manager, Peter Verbrugge at email@example.com or call 425-284-9901