2020 The Big Idea

This fall with the cancellation of racing we have created a call to action around our six specific race dates and are challenging you to come up with personal riding goals that can be achieve in one day, set a fundraising target, and donate financial support to a community-based organization of your choice. If you need our help, we will also be making suggestions on ride ideas and organizations for donations if you would like guidance. We are calling this call to action, “The Big Idea.”

Big Idea #1

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Big Idea #2
supported by Rapha

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Big Idea #3

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Big Idea #4

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Big Idea #5
supported by The Cycling House

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Big Idea #6

Sunday, November 15, 2020

As the US navigates through the global Coronavirus pandemic, many questions are being asked regarding cyclocross. At MFG Cyclocross, we made the decision to postpone racing until 2021. We are not cancelling the 2020 season but instead re-imagining.

We have drawn motivation from what Tobin Ortenblad did this summer with his Big Rides for a Big Cause. The premise to Tobin’s actions began with a crazy ride he dreamed up that featured over 30,000 feet of climbing in one day. What’s more, this ride inspired Tobin to start a website dedicated to highlighting other riders who set similar riding goals, make a fundraising target, and set out to raise money for social justice issues, while doing something fun and creative on a bike.

This fall we have created a call to action around our six specific race dates and are challenging you to come up with personal riding goals that can be achieve in one day, set a fundraising target, and donate financial support to a community-based organization of your choice. If you need our help, we will also be making suggestions on ride ideas and organizations for donations if you would like guidance. We are calling this call to action, “The Big Idea.”

We believe through The Big Idea it is possible to raise $1,000,000 in direct donations to support organizations centering around community service, health care, business struggling due to COVID-19, and social justice missions. We believe this financial support will significantly impact our local communities while also bringing awareness and further calls to action to support these organizations in their day to day operations.

So, mark your calendars for our 2020 race dates, and we look forward to seeing all of your creative and crazy ride ideas come to life this fall.

 

The Mechanics

To participate as a rider/fundraiser will follow these simple steps:

  1. Choose your participation date(s)
  2. Specify a ride/challenge
  3. Set up a Go Fund Me page and select a fundraising target. Please describe your ride / challenge on your Go Fund Me page
  4. Choose an organization to direct your donation
  5. Solicit friends, family, and co-workers to donate to your ride
  6. Complete the ride
  7. Promote your ride on social media and mention @mfgcross and tag #mfgbigidea

To participate as a patron review the list of Rides & Riders and donate to causes and challenges that speak to you.  Ready to participate?   You can sign up HERE:

Ride to all six MFG venues in one day
Everest on a local run-up with five our your teammates as a relay
Ride 10 miles of sand
Set up a circuit with barriers and do enough laps to jump over 100 barriers
Do a triple lake loop including three of your favorite and local lakes
Summit three of your favorite volcanoes
See how far you can ride in 6 hours

We have been asked to provide a few recommendations for organizations to which you could donate.   The following list is neither exhaustive nor sponsored; rather, these are a few organizations we believe are doing great work, and would be grateful for your donation.  If you need some inspiration to participate in the Big Idea, please consider setting up your Go Fund Me page using one of these organizations as your donation recipient.

WheelLab
WheelLab is a non-profit located in Bellevue whose mission is to inspire youth to think creatively and develop skills utilizing hands on experiences in a positive, safe, accessible environment, that will increase their productivity in their community as safe, conscientious riders.

The Boys and Girls Club of King County
Since March, all 19 Boys and Girls Clubs of King County have opened their doors to provide a safe and free place for kids to go during the pandemic.  During this time, they have served 1,500 youth, waived $500,000 in fees for essential worker families, conducted 10,000+ hours of programming, and provided 30,000 meals and snacks.

Bike Works
Bike Works promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Founded in 1996 by grassroots activists- they support youth to lead healthy, productive lives; we make biking accessible and affordable; and we further both the ethic and practice of environmental stewardship by recycling and reusing donated bikes. We believe in two wheels and endless possibilities.

Q:  Are you encouraging cyclocross-specific ride challenges or would you include other types of challenges as well?
A:  We want to ensure these six events yield the highest participation.  This means a riding challenge isn’t defined by the greatest number of feet climbed, the longest ride, or a cyclocross specific route; the Big Idea is defined by the rider.

Q:  What if we can’t or don’t want to set up a go fund me page?
A:  No problem.   Simple set a fundraising goal, take responsibility for soliciting and collecting funds raised, and make a donation of your choice.  If you let us know your final donation total, we will add it to the cumulative scoreboard we are tracking.

Q:  What if I want to do this as a team ride, with multiple people going after one fund raising goal?
A:   As with everything during this pandemic, we are trying to encourage safe distancing and avoiding large crowds.  This is the reason why the season is being re-imagined, after all.   If you decide to go as a group, please follow county and state guidelines for # of people gathering, and what face coverings might be required.

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