The 2020 Foster 100 will be slightly different this year than year’s past. All your FAQs are below.
Q: Is this donation tax deductible?
A: Team Foster is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.
Q: How do I fundraise?
A: Use your personal fundraising link via PledgeReg. Click here and find your name: https://www.pledgereg.com/foster-100
Q: How much do I have to fundraise?
A: Every rider is challenged to raise at least $300 for our Veterans by ride day. Any fundraising shortfalls will automatically be charged to your credit card. The fundraising amount goes directly to services provided by Team Foster and does is separate from the registration fee, which covers your jersey, finish party, ride support, etc.
Q: What kind of bike is best for the Foster 100?
A: A road, all-road or gravel bike with slick tires are the best options for our ride. A mountain bike with knobby tires probably isn’t the best option. No tri bars, triathlon or time trials bikes are allowed in the Foster 100.
Q: Will my bike be inspected pre-ride?
A: You must have a bike in good, safe working condition at the start line. This is for the safety of the individual rider and fellow participants. Our mechanics will be looking for bikes that are in disrepair and may determine a bike is not fit to ride. The decision of our mechanics will be final. No refunds will be offered if your bike is not in goods safe working condition.
Q: How many riders can register for the Foster 100?
A: The 2020 Foster 100 will be limited to 100 riders.
Q: What steps are you taking to mitigate against COVID-19?
A: This is a team effort! We are paying close attention to the latest information from the CDC and the government. Appropriate measures will be taken to protect all riders. We are asking registrants to stay flexible as we adjust accordingly.
Q: How do I make sure my bike is good to go?
A: Team Foster advises having a professional mechanic inspect your bike at least four weeks prior to the ride. We will be partnering with bike shops for riders seeking a pro bike inspection. We will provide more details on those partnership in future messages.
Q: Where do we start?
A: All riders start at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken Township, NJ.
Q: Is there transportation back to Cooper Park?
A: Free parking will be available at the start area. The buses for those using the return transportation option will bring participants back to the start area.
Q: Will you have rest stops?
A: We will have four rest stops with food, beverages, and encouragement from our Volunteer Army.
Q: What if I have a problem on the ride?
A: The Foster 100 is fully supported and escorted. We’ll have mechanical and medical support as well as escort vehicles for every platoon/team. No rider left behind!
Q: Am I required to ride with my assigned platoon?
A: The Foster 100 is about more than just riding your bike. It’s about teamwork, camaraderie, and honoring the legacy of fallen soldier. Riding in teams/platoons demonstrates commitment to a shared mission. And when the community sees a large group of cyclists in matching jerseys, they take notice of the riders and Team Foster’s mission
Q: How are the platoons assigned?
A: Platoon assignments are based on experience and ability and will be announced approximately one week prior to ride day. Please provide an accurate pace when you register; you may adjust your pace as the ride date gets closer. Platoons will have 10-25 riders with one platoon leader who sets pace, answers questions, and provides motivation.
Q: How fast will my platoon ride?
A: The average speed for each platoon will be determined by the total number of riders and ability level. This speed at any given time may vary from the average speed depending on conditions. Platoons speeds will be assigned at the following anticipated average speeds: 14.5 mph, 15.5 mph, 16.5 mph, 17.5 mph, and 18.5 mph. Each participant is responsible to register at the average speed that matches their ability, training and preparation to ride 100 miles.
Q: What if I’ve never ridden as part of a big group?
A: No problem. Let your platoon leader know and (s)he will offer tips, support, and answer questions. You must ride as part of your platoon. This doesn’t necessarily mean pace lines or pelotons, but riders are 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 also MUCH easier (teamwork makes the dream work).
Q: What is the inclement weather plan?
A: The inclement weather plan is to ride. There is no make-up date. In the event of severe weather, you should expect that the Foster 100 will be happening. In the event of dangerous weather conditions, the ride may be delayed or paused. Please watch your email, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook 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.
Q: What size jersey should I order?
A: We offer two cuts of jerseys and optional bibs or shorts. Club-cut jerseys are just the right amount of relaxed while still contouring to your natural lines without much constriction, while Race-Cut jerseys are a more form-fitting cut and contours to your body shape. For a looser fitting jersey, please order one size up from the size shown in the size chart. Please check out the Primal sizing chart here for more sizing information. https://www.primalwear.com/pages/size-chart