Why become part of a team?
When you join a team, you become part of a group that trains together and raises money together, making it a great way to keep both your motivation and your fundraising on track. Plus, it makes The Ride that much more fun when you’re surrounded by friends who are as committed to conquering cancer as you!
Want to start a team?
- If you haven’t yet joined The Ride, you can form a team when you register!
- Already registered as an individual Rider? Call our Ride Guides at (888) 624-BIKE to start your team! It takes just minutes!
- Reach out to other participants at Ride orientations and training rides.
- Form a family team! It’s a bonding experience that you will never forget.
- Create a corporate team! Contact your HR department about this invaluable opportunity to enhance office morale and boost the company’s brand.
PLEASE NOTE: Each team member is still required to raise his or her individual minimum fundraising requirement, but we encourage all members to reach beyond that goal! The purpose of a team is to support each member to do more—not less—than he or she could as an individual Rider.
Looking for a team to join? We can help!
Many local teams are searching for passionate Riders just like you! Already registered as an individual Rider? Not a problem… You can join any open team right now! Call our Ride Guides at (888) 624-BIKE and we’ll add you to the team of your choice.
PLEASE NOTE: By joining a team, you agree to share your contact information with your Team Captain for team activities and communications.
Refine your Search:
Searching for team members? Look no further than your own workplace! Your colleagues can make an invaluable team both in the office and on the road! Reasons to consider creating a corporate team:
- Encourage team building. Training together and fundraising together can strengthen workplace relationships, leading to enhanced company morale and increased office productivity.
- Broaden corporate visibility. Company participation in The Ride will be seen as a goodwill gesture by the local community, which can translate into increased brand awareness.
- Impact local cancer research and treatment! The funds you raise for the Alberta Cancer Foundation through The Ride will directly support patients and families at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and 15 cancer centres throughout Alberta. With a corporate team, your company will become a champion for cancer patients right here in Alberta!
Thank you for becoming a Team Captain!
Taking on this all-important role is a powerful way to truly change lives. We have designed this page to address your specific needs and support you all the way through Ride weekend. Check back often to take advantage of our many Team Captain tools and resources!
- Visit your Participant Centre. Through this resource, you can personalize your Team Page, upload contacts from your address book, customize our email templates, keep track of donors and follow up with them.
- Recruit everyone you know! Reach out to not only your family and friends, but also your co-workers—get HR permission first—neighbours, gym buddies… Anyone who crosses your path! You can grow your team as big as you want. All participants 16 years old and above are welcome!
- Use social media. Networks like Facebook and Twitter are fantastic tools to reach bigger audiences. Update your status and send tweets that include Ride messaging. Don't forget to link to your Team Page!
- Create a ripple effect. Encourage your team members to recruit their friends, family, colleagues and anyone else in their contact lists. Word of mouth is still one of the most effective ways to grow a team.
- Stay in contact. Regularly send email updates or make phone calls with the latest Ride information, fundraising ideas and team member success stories. Share inspirational quotes or stories from past events. You can even create a team newsletter!
- Distribute sample team recruitment and fundraising emails. Encourage your team members to use the Participant Centre and reach out to their contacts with their personalized Ride email badges.
- Host a kickoff party! Getting your team members together is a great way to build enthusiasm for The Ride! It gives everyone the chance to share why they joined this event, brainstorm fundraising ideas and ask questions.
- Dress with pride! In addition to The Ride jersey, your team can create its own jerseys, buttons, banners or armbands to show off your team name or reason to ride. Riders are often honouring a loved one and want to share their inspiration with The Ride community. We say go for it!
- Provide extra support to team members in need. Offer help and solutions to those having fundraising or training difficulties. It may seem obvious that you are available, but we have found that it helps if you let them know. When they know that you’re invested in them, they will feel more comfortable reaching out and staying committed to The Ride.
- Set a team goal. Decide a team fundraising goal and what you expect each team member to contribute to that goal. When everyone on your team has input, they’ll feel even more pride in the outcome!
- Brainstorm fundraising ideas. Discuss creative ways to get those donation dollars. When passionate people come together, there’s no limit to what you can achieve!
- Make a self-donation. Showing that you are dedicated to The Ride is a great example to set for your team. Amount doesn’t matter. Your team members will follow your lead!
- Reach out to your community. Set up a booth or concession stand at a local fair or other event. Host a neighbourhood block party together. Plan a group auction or raffle party at a local restaurant or bar. You could even organize a joint rummage or garage sale!
- Again… Visit your Participant Centre! Encourage your team members to do the same. This comprehensive resource has everything you need from email templates to fundraising tracking to social media applications to help your team reach its goal.
- Enlist corporate support. Encourage your team members to contact their workplaces about corporate donations, donation-matching programs and other corporate support opportunities.
- Organize team training rides. Make sure everyone is aware of these activities by sending out clear information and reminder emails.
- Share fitness and cycling gear tips! A safe and successful Ride entails more than consistent training. Helping your team members maintain healthy eating habits and purchase the right equipment is just as important.
- Plan other workout activities. The winter months might not be conducive to training rides, so keep your team members conditioned and motivated for The Ride with indoor alternatives.
- Work together to achieve great things together! As Team Captain, it’s your ultimate responsibility to rally each team member to reach his or her highest training potential. While not everyone will be at the same fitness level, you must still create a team that’s confident and excited to cross that finish line!