FAQs

WHY SHOULD I DO THIS?

The Pan-Florida Challenge is a community united by our common desire to stamp out hunger in children. Our cyclists tell us the ride across Florida is one of the most satisfying experiences they’ve ever had. Many of them return each year even more determined to feed as many hungry children as possible.

Many of our riders have never participated in an endurance event or tour previously. Some have athletic experience, while many are weekend cyclists who have never before trained for a long-distance ride. This is why we are offering the choice of multiple distances for the 2018 Pan-Florida Challenge. Regardless of what distance you choose to ride, your participation will reward you with the satisfaction of completing the ride, meeting new friends, and the inspiration derived from helping to feed so many hungry children.

HOW MANY RIDERS WILL PARTICIPATE?
The 2018 Pan-Florida Challenge Ride for Hungry Kids on March 10-11, is a premium athletic experience for riders of all levels. Riders have one bold goal to raise funds to provide 2,000,000 meals to feed hungry kids. In 2017, 77 percent of our riders reported that the PFC was the best ride they had ever done. We are limiting participation to 350 riders because we want every rider to have a superb experience one that they will want to repeat year after year!

 

WHEN DO WE START?

6:30 a.m. The North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall opens on March 10. This is the time to drop off overnight bags, eat breakfast, pick up your packets, assemble ride groups, meet your ride group leaders, and get briefed on the morning ride.

7:30 a.m. 180-mile and 100-mile riders depart

8:00 a.m. 62-mile riders depart

8:15 a.m. 30-mile riders depart

8:30 a.m. 10-mile riders depart

WHERE DO WE START?

We start at North Collier Regional Park (15000 Livingston Rd, Naples, FL 34109). Go to the Exhibit Hall and park in designated parking spaces.

WHERE ARE WE STAYING OVERNIGHT?

We will relax, rest, refuel, and stay overnight at the Lake Placid at the Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center. After your ride, you will enjoy canoeing, kayaking, zip lining, and more. Learn more about the Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center by clicking on the link.

WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO SHARE A ROOM? OR HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

LPC&CC offers hotel-style accommodations in rooms and cabins. Most are double occupancy. Premium rooms will be assigned first to Heavy Hitters (PFC riders who raise more than $3,000, sponsors, and alumni riders). Please contact Jessica at (239) 293-6521 or jessica@panfloridachallenge.org with any special rooming requests.

HOW DO I GET BACK TO NAPLES?

Motor coaches will transport riders back to North Collier Regional Park. These will depart from Lake Placid on Saturday and the Finish Line on Sunday. There will be at least two departures from each location from which to choose. Bikes will be transported separately in a professional moving truck.

I ASSUME A VAN TAKES OUR LUGGAGE?

Yes, a moving truck takes the luggage. In your registration packet, you will be given a wristband with your name and bib number. Affix the luggage and bike tags on your gear. We will truck your bag to the overnight location where you can retrieve it when you obtain the key to your room. Return your bag and key to us in the morning and we will transport it to the finish line. When you are ready, you will bring your bag on the motor coach bus with you, when you return to Naples.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RIDE IN THE PAN-FLORIDA CHALLENGE?

To take the Challenge, registration fees range from $50 to $200 depending on the route you choose. The fundraising minimum ranges from $500 to $1,750. Our goal is for 100 percent of the funds raised by riders to go directly to feeding meals to hungry kids. We offer a full set of online fundraising tools to help you reach your goal from your own site to recommended emails and fun fundraising ideas. You will enjoy unparalleled satisfaction in your epic accomplishment, and thousands of hungry kids will thank you.

WHEN DO WE GET OUR JERSEYS?

Your PFC jersey will be given to you at the packet pick up. You will also receive socks and a goody bag.

WHEN IS PACKET PICK UP AND WHERE?

The packet pick-up location and final schedule will be announced closer to the ride date.

March 7th, 1:00-4:00 p.m. location TBD

March 8th 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. location TBD

March 9th, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at North Collier Regional Park at the PFC Rider Kick-Off Party.

IS THERE A RIDER SOCIAL HOUR BEFORE THE RIDE?

Yes! On March 9th, come out and meet fellow PFC riders, volunteers, and sponsors at the North Collier Regional Park Exhibit Hall. 6:30-8:00 p.m.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE MY BIKE & EQUIPMENT?

More information about bicycle maintenance will be provided in ride training guides and coaching tips provided to riders based on specific ride distances. There also will be Common sense recommends you make sure your bike is in good working order, including your chain and cassette. Those riding a century or longer will want to schedule bike maintenance at the end of a long training season and before the event. Cyclists will want to be riding on fresh tires and with certified helmets that have not sustained any wrecks or hard drops.

HOW CAN I GET MY BIKE READY FOR THE RIDE?

PFC is grateful to our partners who offer the following services:

Trek Bicycle Store of Naples/ 9051 Tamiami Trail N Naples, FL / (239) 591-8735 Ask for Greg Pelican for a free bike check.

Race Doctor Pro Cycling Service, SAG Chief and Pro Mechanic John Columbus will pick up and drop off your bike to you. (239) 404-2558

WHAT SHOULD I PACK? WEAR? BRING?

Wear your PFC Jersey or t-shirt to the start! All riders should bring rain gear suitable for Florida winters. Put on sweat-resistant sunscreen before you leave home and bring more for the ride. Two-day riders are advised to bring several cycling kits. Pack an extra pair of gloves. Everyone should bring a towel as showers are available at the finish lines on both days. Do not forget to bring any required medication.

WHAT IF I DO NOT RAISE THE MINIMUM AMOUNT BEFORE THE RIDE?

You have until May 1, 2018, to raise the minimum funding requirement**. We provide you with photos and video from the ride to help you fundraise after the ride event takes place. If you have not raised the minimum on May 1, the remaining balance due will be charged to your credit card on file from when you registered. For example, if you raised $1,200 with a $1,500 minimum, then $300 will be charged to your card on May 1, 2018.

**Note: In 2017, PFC riders raised an average of $2,938 each. When you share information about hungry kids in our local communities and the heroic challenge you are taking on to do something about it, people will support you with donations.**

WHAT WILL WE EAT DURING THE RIDE?

We feed you at every water stop with: bananas, peanut butter, strawberry and grape jelly, white bread, wheat bread, oranges, grapes, apples, Fig Newtons, cookies, Clif Bars, granola bars, dried fruit/rtail mix with nuts, Power Bars, Luna Bars, pickles, pretzels, Gu, Gatorade, NUUN electrolyte replacement, and water.

At dinner In Lake Placid for the 100-mile and 180-mile riders, we will have a buffet with chicken, fish, rice, salads and sautéed vegetables. Breakfast will feature a buffet with bagels, bacon, eggs, fruit, nuts, oatmeal, sausage, and assorted pastries. For anyone with food allergies please alert Jessica at jessica@panfloridachallenge.org.

WHAT SHOULD I EAT AND DRINK BEFORE THE RIDE?

Detailed food and hydration tips based on the various ride distances will be discussed in your ride training guides. Start drinking extra water 2-3 days before the ride. Don’t wait until the morning of the event to begin hydrating. It’s best to avoid alcohol and excessive caffeine several days before the ride. These dehydrate you and it probably will be hot out there. Plan to arrive at North Collier Regional Park at 6:30 a.m. to have breakfast before the ride

AM I TOO SLOW FOR THE LONGER RIDES?

I’d like to ride, but do not want to be left behind. Is 13 mph fast enough? Yes! We will not leave any rider in the dust! For the 100-mile and 2-day 180-mile rides, we are grouping riders by speed and you will ride with others. We are modeling the PFC on a ride in Massachusetts called the Pan-Mass Challenge where for over 5,500 riders; 13mph is their average pace. We are asking riders to tell us the speed at which they want to ride. You will fit right in!

AM I TOO FAST?

I like the route and want to ride with my buddies. We often ride at 20-25 mph. Is that too fast? Nope! You and your friends are welcome to join us! For riders selecting the 100-mile or 180-mile option, we will organize ride groups by speed. At registration you can select from different “pace” ride groups:

Group A (21+ mph)
Group B (18-20 mph)
Group C (15-17 mph)
Group D (< 14 mph)

WILL I GET LEFT BEHIND?

You will NEVER be left behind on your own. For riders selecting the 100=mile and 180-mile ride, we keep pace groups together with support vehicles in front/back of groups, SAG vehicles riding in zone coverage, and ride group leaders ahead of each pack of riders. You will only be riding alone if you want to be. You also will be fully supported on the ride.

ARE THERE SCHEDULED STOPS ALONG THE WAY?

Yes! We will have at least eight water stops throughout the two-day ride. We will finish Day 1 at the Lake Placid Camp & Conference Center. (Routes and water stops subject to change up until the day before the ride).

WHY IS THE FUNDRAISING MINIMUM SO HIGH?

The Pan-Florida Challenge is a unique charity ride in two important ways. First, we provide cyclists with a first-class vacation ride experience by providing hot meals, quality hotel accommodations, warm showers, entertainment, fully-stocked water stops, and luxury transportation services. We provide all of this for a very low registration fee relative to the distance and services provided.

Second, we recruit sponsors to pay these expenses who are happy to do so because they are impressed by the commitment and dedication of our cyclists both to training and raising the requested funds to end childhood hunger.

Thanks to these sponsors, we at PFC can continue to provide a premium cycling experience for our riders while providing an increasing number of meals to a growing number of children every year.

HOW CAN EVERY DOLLAR RAISED GO TOWARDS THE COST OF THE MEALS FOR THE KIDS?

We at PFC strive to ensure that every dollar cyclists raise in donations goes directly to feeding hungry children as we work to put an end to childhood hunger. Thanks to our sponsors (see question above), 100 percent of PFC ride expenses are paid for, enabling every penny of rider-raised dollars to be spent on meals for the kids. We are still recruiting sponsors to help cover these costs. If your or your company are interested or if you know someone or an organization who may be, please contact Jeri