RIDE DAY SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 | REGISTRATION OPENS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2021
REGISTER FOR THE CHAFE RIDE
THE 14TH ANNUAL RIDE IS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2021!
2021 REGISTRATION FEES
Early registration opens March 24, 2021. Register early and save $10 on your fees. CHAFE 150 can be an easy ride to moderate ride, depending upon which route distance you choose. All routes are scenic and give rise to some form of rollers which even inexperienced riders will enjoy and able to manage. None of the routes have mountain passes or unmanageable climbs.
*Youth is 16 and under. Early registration is 3/24/21 – 4/30/21.
For the 150, 100 and 80 routes:
There are two steep climbs on the 150 mile route, with grades up to 18% and 8%, out of Bonners Ferry, ID and Troy,MT. The 150 mile route is not recommended for inexperienced riders.
The 100 and 80 mile options offer similar terrain with a more manageable distance. The 100 mile option has the same starting point as the 80 mile option with an additional 20 miles through the beautiful Selle Valley in the Sandpoint, ID region following much of the 40 and 25 mile route options. The maximum grade for the 100 and 80 mile routes is 8%. The routes will be improved to keep riders off of the highway. More information will be provided.
The 40 mile and 25 mile routes are a perfect ride for anyone that wants to enjoy a scenic 2 to 3 hour ride through the beautiful Selle Valley northeast of Sandpoint with incredible views of the surrounding mountains, forests and wide open spaces.
In preparation for the ride, here are some important event details and FAQs:
Our goal is to make the CHAFE as safe as possible. With that in mind we want to alert you to the following:
Our outdoor registration event, the Saturday morning breakfast and our outdoor after ride party will go on as before, but we will encourage social distancing.
We will have rolling starts for all the ride distances to encourage greater distancing at the starts and along the routes.
We will obtain extra busses for those riding the 100 and 80 mile rides to allow for greater distancing on the busses.
We REQUIRE that all riders taking the busses to the 100 and 80 mile start in Troy, Montana wear MASKS on the bus ride. If you do not wish to wear a mask, we respectfully request that you either find your own transportation to Troy, change the distance or not ride this year.
If you are an 100 or 80 mile rider and are going to provide your own transportation to the Troy start—a few things:
There is no parking at the Mormon Church where the 100 and 80 mile rides start.
If the person driving you to the start is driving back to Sandpoint, please ask them to drive back through Bonners Ferry rather than along the route to minimize traffic along the ride route.
Packet Pick-Up/Onsite Registrations
Friday, September 10 from 3-7 pm – on the lawn at City Beach. Stop by to meet other riders and enjoy complimentary refreshments! Remember, for those who have not fundraised or already paid their minimum donation, we will collect that $50 minimum donation at the time you pick up your registration packet.
Ride Day Schedule
5:00 a.m. Late packet pickup & registration opens at City Beach
150 Mile Riders
5:30-6:15 a.m. Complimentary breakfast at City Beach
6:00-6:30 a.m. Rolling START
100 Mile Riders
5:30-6:30 a.m. Complimentary breakfast at City Beach
6:00-6:30 a.m. Load bikes onto trucks at City Beach
6:40 a.m. Bike Truck Leaves for Troy Start Line
6:30-7:00 a.m. Riders load bus to 100 Mile Start Line in Troy, MT
7:00 a.m. Rider Bus leaves for Troy Start Line
8:30 a.m. PDT Arrive in Troy, retrieve bikes from bike corral
8:30-9:30 a.m. PDT Rolling START
80 Mile Riders
6:00-7:15 a.m. Complimentary breakfast at City Beach
6:00-6:45 a.m. Load bikes onto trucks at City Beach
7:00 a.m. Bike Truck Leaves for Troy Start Line
7:00-7:30 a.m. Riders load bus to 80 Mile Start Line in Troy, MT
7:30 a.m. Rider Bus leaves for Troy Start Line
9:00 a.m. PDT Arrive in Troy, retrieve bikes from bike corral
9:00-9:30 a.m.: Riders START at 141 Lake Creek Road, Troy, MT
40 & 25 Mile Riders
10:00- 11:00 a.m. Late packet pickup & registration opens at City Beach
10:30-11:30 a.m. Complimentary continental breakfast at City Beach
11:00 a.m.-Noon Rolling START at City Beach.
Course closes at 7:00 p.m. PST Please plan accordingly.
2:00 to 8:00 pm the After-Ride Party. Each rider will receive a meal and 2 drink coupons. Additional meal and drink coupons can be purchased at the event. The majority of riders finish between 3-6 pm. Everyone, riders and non riders, are welcome to join the fun at the community-wide party!
Limited edition CHAFE jerseys can be purchased at Registration for $65-$70 or add the jersey to your registration on Active. Custom designed, insulated water bottles, custom CHAFE socks, baseball caps and t-shirts will also be available at the event merchandise tent at registration and day of ride.
When does the event take place?
The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo will take place on Saturday, September 11, 2021.
What is the difficulty level of the ride? Do you need to be an expert rider to do it?
CHAFE 150 is of moderate difficulty. The route has no mountain passes or sustained climbs. The two steepest climbs are out of Bonners Ferry and Troy. The 150 mile ride length is the biggest factor for inexperienced riders. Riding with a group becomes important when doing a one day ride of this distance. The 100 and 80 mile option offers similar terrain with a more manageable distance. The average grade ranges from 2.1 percent to 3.9 percent.
For all routes, even the ones on country roads, group riding in packs of 2 or more side-by-side is discouraged and creates a serious safety risk to both yourself and other riders around you–don’t take the risk!
How much of my entry fee and any pledges I get goes to the cause?
Depending on how our overhead matches our sponsor’s contribution, it’s our goal to ensure 100% of the entry fee will go towards literacy programs in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. In the past 8 years, CHAFE 150 has donated over $350,000 to our schools.
Is there a minimum donation amount required?
Yes, riders agree to raise a minimum of $50. Riders 16 and under are required to raise a minimum of $25. This donation is separate from the registration fee and is easily raised through pledges. Riders may choose to make the donation themselves if they prefer not to fundraise. There are documents to help you drum up those donations on the About the Cause page.
Is this a race or a ride?
This is a ride with camaraderie and fun stops along the way. That being said, it is also a Gran Fondo, meaning the ride will be timed and riders will start en masse at City Beach or in Troy, depending on the distance chosen. Those of you who love a good challenge will have the urge to set a goal for yourself!
Do you allow Electric Bikes?
CHAFE 150 only allows E Bike riders on the 25 and 40 mile routes. It is important to note that because of the special nature of electric bikes, CHAFE 150 can not provide mechanical support or gear (SAG) for your bike. You will need to be prepared to change any flats and perform any mechanical needs as well as provide charging and storage for your battery.
What kind of food will you have at the rest stops?
It varies every year, but you can expect food such as bagels and fruit, energy bars, sandwiches, chips, cookies, peanut butter and nutrition products to keep you fueled and hydrated.
Do you provide mechanical and SAG support along the route?
Yes, there will be mechanical support and SAG support on all timed routes.
What time do the rides start?
The 150 mile ride starts at 6:30 am at City Beach in Sandpoint. The 100 mile rides start at 9:00 am PT/10:00 am MT in Troy, MT. The 80 mile rides start at 9:30 am PT/10:30 am MT in Troy, MT. The 40 and 25 mile rides start at 12:00 noon.
Is the ride in Pacific or Mountain Time Zone?
Sandpoint is in Pacific Time zone. Once you enter Montana you will be in Mountain Time Zone (one hour ahead).
How will the route be marked?
The route will be marked with arrows and paint circles with the letter “C” inside the circle.
What kind of electrolytes will be served on the course?
Energy drinks will be served at all six break stops.
What is the weather typically like in Sandpoint in mid-September?
Average temperatures in mid–September are between 77 and 82 degrees F, with mostly clear skies and calm to gentle breezes. Sunset is around 7:30 p.m.
Where should I park?
Please use the city parking lot on 3rd Street. This is roughly 4 blocks from the start line. Please do not park at City Beach or at the Edgewater Hotel. You will be towed if you park at the Edgewater. We encourage you to ride your bike to the start line at City Beach from your hotel.
Is there a photographer for the event?
Yes, Jason Duchow of Jason Duchow Photography captures outstanding images and posts them online for viewing, where you may order prints or digital downloads. You can see his CHAFE 150 galleries at JasonDuchowPhotography.com.
I would like to be a sponsor. Who do I contact about that?
Thank you very much for your sponsorship offer! You can contact the CHAFE team here.
I would like to volunteer for the event. Who do I contact about that?
Thank you very much for your interest! You can contact the CHAFE team here.
What if it turns out I can’t ride?
In the event of ride cancelation as a result of the Covid-19 situation and in the event that registered riders want to skip the event this year, we will defer the registration fees to the 2022 ride.
We look forward to seeing you at CHAFE 150, however, we understand that life happens. While there are NO REFUNDS for the event, we have created two options for you in case of an emergency and you can not ride. Please review the following procedures:
You may transfer your registration to another rider. This must be completed at least 15 days before the event (by August 27, 2021).
Please follow these steps for transferring your registration:
Go to your Active account and login
Click your name in the upper right side and choose My Events
Click Transfer registration to another athlete and enter recipient email address in email address field and click confirm
Then click Submit
A confirmation email verifying the transfer process will be sent to you and to the new rider. Email us and let us know that you’ve completed the transfer through Active.
PLEASE NOTE: Registrations for riders under 18 can only be viewed and transferred by the guardian who registered them. Registrations made by someone else on your behalf (if you are an adult) can be transferred by that person or by yourself. Registrations for those who are part of a group-registration team cannot be transferred. Transfers may only be completed into the same category – if the original registration was for the 80 mile route, the new registration must also be for the 80 (the new rider may change event categories after the fact by contacting us). If a rider transfers categories BEFORE attempting to transfer the registration to someone else, the process can’t be completed. The newest price is applied at checkout when the recipient accepts the transfer. Because of the different rates for the routes, the current price could be higher than that for the original rider. The original registration fee is not refunded until the new rider accepts and completes the transfer process. ACTIVE.com processing fees are not refunded. Once the recipient has accepted and completed the transfer, the original registrant will be canceled and refunded. Refunds are processed within 5-7 business days.
IMPORTANT! Your donations will NOT be transferred, but will be contributed in your name for the current year. The new rider will need to raise the minimum donation amount required for that route and age category.
You may defer your registration to the following year. You must make your request more than 30 days (August 11, 2021) in advance of the ride. No deferments will be accepted less than 30 days. Contact us with a request for a deferment.
PLEASE NOTE: Your rider fundraising donations will NOT be deferred. They will be applied to the current year. Exceptions will be considered, but must be approved by CHAFE prior to the event.
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We are committed to making the CHAFE 150 not only the best organized ride in the world, but we are also committed to keeping our riders, volunteers and communities safe. Our concerns related to the pandemic are why we delayed the 2021 ride from its usual June date until September 11. We don’t know what the impacts of COVID-19 will be as our ride date nears in the early fall but rest assured, we will be prepared to make the ride as safe as possible.
Some of the actions that we will take this year include:
We will cap our rider numbers at 400 to allow for greater social distancing in all areas of the ride.
The food and drinks at our rest stops and after ride party will be prepackaged and/or served by volunteers (no self-serve).
We will provide more hand washing sanitation stations at all rest stops.
We will ask that all riders and volunteers do a health self-assessment prior to attending.
We will have more busses to allow social distancing on the busses taking riders from Sandpoint to the start of the 100 and 80mile routes (Troy, Mt).
We will have additional SAG support this year to minimize close contact for riders needing SAG assistance.
We are also committed to staying on top of the latest COVID-19 guidance and will revise our safety protocols as necessary.
Rest assured that your safety is our top priority.
HOTELS & LODGING
Visit Sandpoint Hotels & Lodging for a directory for every hotel, motel and B&B in the greater Sandpoint area. Link to book lodging online; also, links to directories of all area campgrounds.
The Best Western Edgewater Resort is offering discounted rooms for Chafe riders. Please call them directly at (208) 263-3194 to receive the discount.
Sandpoint is a vacation destination! Come ride the CHAFE 150 and then stay and play. Lounge on the white sand beaches of Lake Pend O’reille at Sandpoint’s City Beach, rent a paddle board, get out on a boat tour of the lake, and enjoy summer activities at Schweitzer Mountain. Bring the family and explore the area!
For planning a visit to Sandpoint, check this official online visitor guide provided by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce. Guides to activities, lodging, events and more.
SPONSORING BIKE SHOP
Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair at 108 N. Third Ave., 208-255-4496
Greasy Fingers Bikes N Repair is a Gold Sponsor of the CHAFE 150 ride and on ride day, you will see their mechanics on the course to help with any bike issues you may have. Voted Bonner County’s Best Bike Shop for 9 consecutive years, Greasy Fingers is conveniently located in downtown Sandpoint. They stock thousands of parts and accessories and have professional, career mechanics available to keep the time off your bike to a minimum. Be sure to stop in and say “Hi”!
Pend Oreille Pedalers
Link up to the local bicycle advocacy group, offering organized group rides and area riding information, as well as championing rider issues.
International Selkirk Loop
The first leg of the CHAFE 150 ride north to Bonners Ferry is along a portion of this 280-mile scenic driving tour that loops up into Canada — the continent’s only 2-state, 2-country driving tour. The Loop also has another Rotary sponsored epic ride, The WaCanId Ride. Learn more about this magnificent ride at www.wacanid.org.