General

WHAT IS NCSY ALUMNI?

NCSY is the premier organization dedicated to connect, inspire and empower Jewish teens and encourage passionate Judaism through Torah and Tradition. As a complement to the NCSY high school programming, NCSY continues to connect alumni of NCSY and JSU to authentic Jewish experiences after their graduation from high school, whether it be on a gap year program in Israel, or on a college campus.

WHAT IS Bike NCSY?

The Bike NCSY ride will take place on Sunday June 24th 2018. NCSY is partnering with BikeNY and their Discover Hudson Valley Ride which will be a scenic bike tour with multiple routes and start times to accommodate every rider. This ride attracts cyclists across the Eastern Seaboard to get active and support NCSY in its endeavors to inspire the Jewish future. For more information on the course and accommodations, please see the Ride Info page.

WHAT DOES RIDING WITH NCSY CONSIST OF?

Once you reach your fundraising minimum goal of $500, NCSY provides:

  • Guaranteed race admission and registration
  • Sleek NCSY Bike Jersey
  • Insulated Camelbak Water Bottle
  • Commemorative T-shirt
  • Pre-race breakfast spread
  • Post race BBQ and celebration tent
  • An unforgettable experience

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BE PART OF THE RIDE?

Simply register! Your $65 registration fee is a non-refundable donation to NCSY. The registration fee will be applied towards your minimum fundraising commitment.  As a member of Bike NCSY you will be responsible to raise a minimum of $500. Each rider is required to raise the full amount ($500) by June 24, 2018. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $18 or more.

HOW MUCH DO I HAVE TO RAISE?

The minimum fundraising requirement is $500, but raising more money will place you into a higher tier!

$500 Cycling 101 Package includes:

  • Welcome Package upon registration including a Bike NCSY Baseball Cap
  • Complimentary T-shirt and Medal
  • Light and Sweat Absorbant Jersey
  • Gym Bag
  • Athletic Socks
  • 20 oz. Camelback Water Bottle

If you raise $1,000 or more, you will get everything from the $500 tier, and also:

  • Bike NCSY active wear shirt
  • Bike NCSY Hoodie
  • Bike NCSY absorbent fiber towel

How can I bike if I don’t own a bike?

Don’t have a bike? No problem!

Bike NCSY is joining with Leisure Ride Bike Rental!

To rent a bike Call 845-486-8125, ask to speak with James, and tell him you are riding with Bike NCSY on the Discover Hudson Valley Ride.

Bike rentals cost $41 for the entire day! Payments are made over the phone.

In order to reserve a bike, you must call 3 weeks prior to the day of Bike NCSY (June 3rd).

If you register for Bike NCSY anytime after June 3rd, you may still call to rent a bike by June 17th, however, bikes may be limited.

WHEN DOES THE RIDE START?

It depends on which route you choose to ride:

  • 100 miles: 7:30 – 8:15AM
  • 75 miles:  8:00 – 9:30AM
  • 55 miles: 8:45 – 9:45AM
  • 33 miles: 9:00 – 10:15AM
  • 15 miles: 9:30 – 10:15AM

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MATERIALS FOR MY RIDE?

You should receive a confirmation email immediately after you’ve registered. Then look out for our welcome package which will be mailed to your home address. Ride participation bibs will be distributed at check-in on the day of the ride.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Helmet
  • New York State law requires that all cyclists have and use a bike bell
  • Photo ID so you can check in and get your cue sheet

CAN I SWITCH ROUTES DURING THE RIDE?

Yes. There will be certain points on each route at which you’ll have to decide whether to continue on your chosen route or switch to a different route. The juncture will be marked; follow the signs for your chosen route.

WILL THERE BE PARKING AVAILABLE?

When you arrive at Congregation Schomre Israel, there is an ample parking lot where you can leave your car for the day.

HOW WILL I GET FROM THE SHUL TO THE START LINE?

After davening/breakfast, you have the option of riding to the start line or taking our complimentary shuttle bus service. It will run regularly, every half hour to get riders and their bikes to the start line.

WHAT TIME IS SHACHARIT?

Minyan Times/Location

We will be holding two Shacharit minyanim at Congregation Schomre Israel.

The first minyan will be at 6:45am

The second minyan will be at 7:15am

The third minyan will be at 8:00am

A breakfast spread sponsored by Seasons will be available from 6am through 9:30am.

WHAT IS THE ADDRESS OF THE SHUL?

Congregation Schomre Israel

18 Park Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

IS THERE A BUS TO GET ME TO POUGHKEEPSIE?

There will be a bus departing from Washington Heights at 5:15 the morning of June 24th. 

The bus will pickup at:

Yeshiva University

187th St. & Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10033

and will arrive at Congregation Schomre Israel: 18 Park Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

The same bus will depart from Congregation Schomre Israel at 4:30pm and drop off at:

Yeshiva University

187th St. & Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10033

 

I NEVER RIDE. WILL I BE ABLE TO FINISH A TOUR?

Absolutely! It might take a little bit of training, but the 15 mile option is very do-able, you may even surprise yourself and be able to do more!

I AM CONCERNED THAT I MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO RAISE THE REQUIRED FUNDS. WILL I BE ABLE TO DO IT?

Please be advised that if you are unable to raise the required minimum ($500) fundraising goal by the date of the event, June 24th 2018, an invoice for the remainder of your balance will be sent to you.

Even if you’ve never raised money before, just a little bit of hard work and networking will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsorships from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others.

Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but quite enjoyable as you work to reach this goal.  NCSY is a worthwhile organization and our riders are enthusiastic about its mission. You will be surprised how friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your effort to join our ride to help this wonderful cause. Remember, you are not asking people to make donations… you are asking them to sponsor YOU and YOUR efforts! Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $18 or more.

NCSY will be with you every step of the way to help you reach your goal! Should you have any additional concerns or questions related to the fundraising aspect, please email us at bike@ncsy.org

Here is a quick tip to help fundraise:

Here is some text that you can copy and paste into your text, whatsapp, and Facebook posts to encourage people to sponsor your ride! *To get your personal page link, simply go onto your page, and copy and paste the URL into the text below*

I am pumped to ride with Bike NCSY on June 24th to raise money for NCSY teens to spend a gap year studying in Israel! Would you support me? Together we can make a difference in the lives of teens across the country by helping them strengthen their identity and continue their Jewish journey.

Please check out my personal page and sponsor me to ride XXX miles. Any amount is greatly appreciated!: https://bike.ncsy.org/rider/your username

 

HOW CAN MY SPONSORS SUBMIT PAYMENT?

Online contributions can be made by credit card on the rider’s personalized page found on our website, www.bikencsy.org. Canadian tax receipts will be sent out towards the middle of 2018.

Checks should be pledged online through the rider’s personalized page and then can be mailed to

NCSY Alumni

11 Broadway 13th FL

New York, NY 10040

Please make sure that sponsors write the rider’s name and their email address on the check so that we can ensure credit is given to the right rider.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $18 or more.

IS THERE A REFUND/EXCHANGE POLICY?

Yes.  If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections.  You can contact us at bike@ncsy.org

WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT ONCE I BEGIN MY FUNDRAISING?

While you will be sorely missed, and we hope that you would be able to join us next year, the funds that you have raised will be contributed as a general donation to NCSY post high school scholarships.

CAN I GET A REFUND FOR MY RIDE ENTRY OR GIVE/SELL MY REGISTRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE?

No. Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is partly due to insurance/liability reasons. If you cannot attend for any reason, email bike@ncsy.org to request that your registration fee be converted into a tax-deductible charitable donation.

ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS?

Youths ages 3 to 9 must ride with an adult on a tandem bike, in a child’s seat, on a tag-along bike, or in a bike trailer. Riders ages 10 to 17 may ride their own bikes, but must remain in close proximity to the adult with whom they were registered.

MY CHILD WILL BE WITH ME IN A TRAILER OR CHILD SEAT. DOES SHE HAVE TO BE REGISTERED?

Yes. Each person participating in the event must be registered. Registration for children under the age of 12 is available at a lower price. Children under the age of three are not allowed on BikeNY rides.

HOW LONG DOES THE RIDE TAKE?

That’s up to you! You can ride at your own pace and stop at rest areas for as long as you like, provided you remain in front of the SAG vehicles trailing the back of the pack. The finish festival closes at 5:30PM, so be mindful of your pace and ride accordingly.

IS THERE A PLACE TO DROP OFF MY BAG?

Yes, we will have Tefilin/bag storage.