IS THIS A RACE? Only if you want it to be. First and foremost it's your vacation. So if you want to race against your personal best, go for it. But if you want to stop every now and then to do some sightseeing, wine tasting, pie sampling, etc. It's YOUR trip across a state so diverse that it’s nicknamed "The Empire State", so make the most of it! Make your choice - either 50 miles/day or 70 miles/day.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I'LL HAVE A GOOD TIME ON FANY? Attitude is everything. Please come if your friends use the word "fun" when describing you, or if you love to ride fast, or if you love to ride slow, or if you love to ride just so that you can eat fresh muffins again at the next farm stand. But please DON'T COME if you're looking for a fully pampered, fully supported, "foo-foo" type ride. The FANY Ride is a fantastic way to completely get away from everyday hassles, see the best parts of beautiful New York State, prove that "you've still got it", and meet a lot of fun people - both bikers and volunteers.
DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF A BIKE CLUB TO SIGN UP? CAN SINGLE RIDES SIGN-UP? The majority of bikers who sign-up come alone, but riding buddies and friendships quickly develop, and tend to last for years. The FANY Ride is the perfect size to meet other bikers.
ARE THE RIDE LEADERS FUN? There aren't any ride leaders; The Great Big FANY Ride is all about the freedom to explore the back roads of New York State on your own! At registration you'll be given cue sheets for each day's ride that will list directions, mileages, points of interest, food and restroom opportunities, etc. (At a minimum, you'll need an odometer on your bike.) FANY staff members and volunteers will be at camp and in the SAG wagons to answer questions. Each morning leave camp whenever you'd like, stopping as often as you like, and arriving at camp anytime before 6:00 p.m.
CAN I JUST SHOW UP AT THE START? Only if you simply want to wave good-bye to the rest of us. Everyone who bikes, drives or volunteers must submit a Sign-Up Form by July 1. We'll e-mail you maps to the starting point so that you can find this fun-loving group of bikers. At the start you'll be given paper cue sheets, a souvenir T-shirt, optional dinner tickets, towels or hotel maps (if you opted for any of them) and all the other information you'll need for a great week. Whew! That's a lot of details, so we just gotta know by July 1 if you plan to join us.
This much fun is only $375.* for an adult rider. The discount for groups, Alumni, Charter Members, teenagers or the very first person from a state are listed on the Sign-Up form. Meals, snacks, bike repairs and sightseeing admission fees are charged separately by the vendors. You are responsible for costs of getting to and from The Great Big FANY Ride (an optional charter bus is available). The hotel option and dinner option and massages and towels are also options. Don't forget that 5% of each paid Sign-Up will be contributed to the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY. So, no pledges are required, but if you're so inclined you're absolutely welcome to make an additional optional donation to Double H Ranch on the FANY sign-up form.