2018 Foster 100
100 miles for a hero and our veterans. We’ll provide your jersey, your team, your food, your drinks and even your cause: ride for our wounded veterans and honor a hero. Our battle cry: charlie mike [continue mission].
Organized by Team Foster, an all-volunteer non-profit organization, the Foster 100 honors the sacrifice of Captain Erick Foster by raising money to aid wounded veterans in our area. Team Foster’s primary mission is funding service dogs to partner with wounded veterans. Riders of all abilities are invited to bring your own team or join a team created for you based on your ability and experience.
Individual and Team registation is available. Individual riders will be assigned to a Team Foster-lead ride platoon based on speed and experience. Each rider must fundraise $100 in addition to the registration fee. Teams can also register to ride together. Interested in team registration? Contact us for more details.
The Foster 100 is unlike any other cycling event because no one rides alone and we provide your custom cycling jersey.
Every cyclist rides with an assigned platoon. Faster, more experienced platoons may ride in pace lines or pelotons – slower platoons will remain together, though still in a group. All platoons will be lead by a ride platoon leader.
The Foster 100 is fully supported with catered rest stops, mechanical support and optional return transportation to Philadelphia. At the fully catered Cape May after-party, invite your family and friends to cheer as you cross the finish line to celebrate – then later, enjoy a wonderful evening stroll on the boardwalk.
Our team registration option gives you the ability to choose your teammates, choose your pace, and the opportunity to represent your organization, club, business or group. Team registrants have the option to custome your jersey with a logo you choose or create.
This is not just a ride, but an experience. The sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel as you cross the finish line with your platoonmates can only be matched by the difference you’ll be making in the lives of our veterans in need. Check out our video from the 2016 ride.
WHO IS TEAM FOSTER?
Team Foster is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in honor of Captain Erick Foster and dedicated to caring for wounded veterans. Our motto: No Hero Left Behind. You can learn more about us at TeamFoster.org or you can follow us at Facebook or Instagram.
Team Foster was founded in 2014 to honor our friend, Captain Erick Foster, who was killed in action. Erick was an inspiration to many – he pushed himself and motivated everyone around him to be better people… to go a little farther, to give a little more. Team Foster carries on Erick’s legacy by giving back to our service men and women who have sacrificed so much and make sure there is No Hero Left Behind.
TEAM FOSTER’S MISSION
Our focus for 2018 is funding service dogs to partner with veterans suffering from combat related disabilities, including post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). We help ensure these dogs are obtained, cared for and provided hundreds of hours of specialized training so they can rehabilitate wounded veterans.
WHY DO OUR VETERANS NEED SERVICE DOGS?
While service dogs are vital tools in the struggle against PTSD, they are also expensive and resource intensive. Just once service dog can take two years and upwards of $25,000 to train properly. Meanwhile, there is no assistance from the the Veterans Administration (VA), insurance companies or the government.
By supporting Team Foster, you can help fill that gap. You can make a difference in an injured veteran’s life.
Already have a team of riders? Want to ride at a pace your team decides? Does your club, organization, business, or group want to show your support for our veterans at the Foster 100? If you have a minimum of 8 cyclists, you can form your own team to particpate in the Foster 100. You also have the option of personalizing your team’s jerseys with a logo of your choosing or creation. Contact us for details.
When you register for The Foster 100, we promise:
> Custom Foster 100 jersey provided (mandatory on ride day)
> Rest stops fully stocked with fresh fruit, snacks and beverages
> Return transportation available
> Bike mechanics and medical support constantly roving the route
> Luggage transport from the start to the finish
> Cheering volunteers to keep your spirits high
> A festive atmosphere with our friends in Cape May at the finish line and some cold brew waiting for you! (included)
Team Foster raises money to aid wounded veterans in our area. Our primary focus is funding service dogs to partner with veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury and related disabilities.
The registration fee is low and only covers event costs. We rely on our riders to spread the word and help us fundraise for our veterans and their service dogs. With that in mind, every rider is required to raise an additional $100; Team Foster’s overall goal is to average $300 per rider. These funds will go directly to aid veterans in our area get the service dogs they need. Upon registration, all riders receive personalized links through PledgeReg for all riders. PledgeReg makes it easy to use email or social media to let people know that you are taking on the Foster 100 challenge, and what their support means. All funds must be raised by September 15th. Any balance remaining on the fundraising minimum of $100 will automatically charged to the card used to register.
ABOUT THE ROUTE
Our route gives you a dose of all our region has to offer. Starting with a gorgeous sunrise as you ride through downtown Philadelphia, cruise through the spacious farmlands of southern New Jersey and finishing in the beautiful beachtown of Cape May, the Foster 100 offers a little bit of everything. One thing we don’t offer – hills! Our ride is flat and fast; total elevation is less than 1,000 feet.
We’ll post our official route here soon! For now, we can promise you that we will start in Philadelphia and finish with an after-party at the Cape May.
ABOUT THE JERSEY
Each rider is provided a custom Foster 100 jersey for the ride. Please note that these jerseys are mandatory on ride day. The jersey is symbolic. Like the military, we wear our represenation proudly and to signify our unity. The gold stars on the collar represent the number of times you have the Foster 100 – first timers get just one star while the “OGs” will wear 5. Matching bib shorts are available for sale to make a full kit.
Q: Will you have rest stops?
A: Yes. We will have 4-5 rest stops with food, beverage and encouragement from our volunteers.
Q: What if I have a problem on the ride?
A: We will have mechanical and medical support if there is an issue. There are also escort vehicles for every platoon/team. No rider left behind!
Q: How do I get back to Philly?
A: We encourage your family and friends to celebrate with us at the after-party in Cape May, and we are offering return transportation for you AND your bike for just $25 – just click on “need transportation” during registration.
Q: Am I required to ride with my assigned platoon?
A: The Foster 100 isn’t just about riding a bike – it’s about camaraderie, it’s about teamwork, it’s about carrying on the legacy of fallen soldier. Riding in teams/platoons not only gives you a chance to share the road with others who are giving their time and energy, it also sends a message to our community. When people see a large group of cyclists in matching jerseys all riding together – people can’t help but take notice.
Q: How are platoons assigned?
A: Riders will be broken into platoons based on your experience and ability. Ride platoons will vary in size – anywhere from 10-25 people per team. Each platoon will have a ride platoons leader responsible for pace and to answer any questions. When you register, please ensure your expected pace is accurate. You may adjust this upwards or downwards as the ride gets closer. Riders will be assigned to platoon based on your expected pace and experience level. Platoon assignments will be announced 1-2 weeks prior to ride day.
Q: How fast will my platoon ride?
A: The goal pace for each ride platoon will be estimated and announced once all riders are registered. The goal pace for each platoon will be announced with platoon assignments. The goal pace for each platoon will be determined by the total number of riders and ability level. If you want to set your own pace and have at least 8 people, you can form your own team – just check out our team registration options.
Q: What if I’ve never ridden as part of a big group?
A: That’s totally fine. Please let your ride leader know and (s)he will give you some tips for group riding and of course, answer any questions. You must ride as part of your platoon. This doesn’t necessarily mean pace lines or pelotons, but riders will be discouraged from hanging off the back. Riding alone is not permitted. You’ll find that riding together is not only a lot more fun, but MUCH easier physically.
Q: What if I want to ride with someone who has a different ability or experience level?
A: We get it! Who doesn’t want to ride with their friends? Just let us know that in your registration questionnaire. At your request, individual riders may ‘opt-down’ to a slower ride platoon. If you have at least 8 people, you can also register your own ride team.
Q: Dude, 100 miles seems like a really long way.
A: Listen, completing a “century” is a challenge. But a little preparation goes a long way. You can do it. You will finish. And we will be right there with you – no rider left behind.
Q: Do I have to wear a Foster 100 jersey?
A: Say wha?? Why wouldn’t you want to wear one? They look slick and all our riders will be in them. We are also offering Foster 100 shorts and bib shorts at cost. (F100 jerseys are mandatory attire on ride day). Check out the pics! Camoflauge training Team Foster kits are available for purchase but are not for the Foster 100.
Q: What is the inclement weather plan?
A: There is no make-up date. The inclement weather plan is to ride. In the event of severe weather, you should expect that the Foster 100 will happening. In the event of dangerous weather conditions, the ride may be delayed or paused. Please watch your email and the Facebook page for real-time updates.
Q: If I registered but do not ride, do I still get a Foster 100 jersey?
A: All jerseys must be picked-up at the designated jersey pick-up or on ride day. Jerseys will not be mailed or delivered after ride day. Team Foster reserves the right to swap or sell jerseys that are not picked up to other riders.
Q: What is the sizing for the Foster 100 jerseys?
A: Pictured! or link here.
Team Registration & Ride FAQ
Q: Who can form their own team?
A: Any club, business, organization or group of friends may register as a ride team as long as you have at least 8 riders. Contact us at email@example.com to set-up your team.
Q: How will people know I’m on my team?
A: Contact us about how you can have a logo of your choosing/creation on your team members’ jersy; that can be your club, organization or something your group comes up with.
Q: Who will lead my ride team?
A: If you register a team, you will designate one person to serve as the leader. This person will be responsible for communication with the Foster 100 personnel and for maintaining team integrity on ride day. Ie, making sure your team stays together. This person also creates your team’s section on PledgeReg to track your team’s fundraising.
Q: How fast must my ride team go?
A: Teams registrants must average at least 15mph while moving. This does not include rest stops, flats, etc.
Q: Can my team utilize pace lines or ride in a peloton?
A: Yup. As long as your team stays together, how to ride, how long you stop and your overall pace are up to you.
Q: Will my ride team get the same logistical support as the individuals riding in teams?
A: Escort vehicles are avialable. Mechanical and medical support are included and will be available on-call.