Congratulations on deciding to ride in the Tour de Habitat! You are a hopebuilding superhero. Here are some helpful resources and tips for you to have the best Tour ever.
First, make sure you register for the Tour ride of your choice.
Next, start fundraising! At a minimum, all riders are responsible for covering their rider fee, but we encourage riders to set even bigger goals for building community support! We have a new easy system that you can fundraise right after you register. Just share your profile with your friends and family on your social media networks!
Checks can be made payable to “Habitat for Humanity Capital District” and brought with you at the packet pick-up on Thursday, September 15 from 4 – 7pm at Druthers in Albany OR can be mailed to 325 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205.
If you raise $250, you get a earn a ticket to choose from a prizes including, 2015 vintage Tour de Habitat jerseys, gift cards, and other great prizes!
If you raise $500, you earn the exclusive 2016 Tour de Habitat Cycling Jersey. Design to be released soon!
→ Please arrive at your start location at least 30 minutes prior to your designated start time
→ All routes start and end at Druthers Brewing
→ Helmets are required for all riders, regardless of route
→ The event will be held rain or shine
→ Riders will be given cue sheets (directions) for their route at packet pick-up
Thursday, September 15
4 – 7 pm
1053 Broadway, Albany
Registration and packet pick-up will take place on Thursday, September 15 from 4 – 7 pm at Druthers Brewing (1053 Broadway, Albany). You can turn in your offline donations, pick up your Tour de Habitat t-shirt, cue sheets and other information and swag at this time. We’ll also ask you to complete and sign the event waiver. Those of you fundraising superheroes who have raised $500 or more will receive the exclusive Tour de Habitat cycling jersey.
If you can’t make packet pick-up on Thursday evening, you can also pick up your packet on Friday, September 16 at the Habitat office (325 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany) from 10am until 4pm.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does the registration fee cover?
Your registration fee covers full, friendly support along the ride, rest stops with complimentary food and drink, SAG support, your Tour de Habitat t-shirt and a ticket to the post-ride part at Druthers featuring a fill-your-plate buffet and two beer tickets.
Where and when does the ride start?
All routes will begin and end at Druthers Brewing (1053 Broadway, Albany), allowing plenty of room for parking, warming up and last-minute bike adjustments. Restrooms will be available.
→ 100 mile ride starts at 7:30 am
→ 50 mile ride starts at 9:00 am
→ 25 mile ride starts at 10:30 am
→ 10 mile ride starts at 11:00 am
What is the course route?
Click here to view course maps and elevations— you can also download them to your phone or GPS device.
Will there be bike support on the course?
All routes are fully supported with aid stations equipped with water and snacks. For the 50 and 100 mile routes, there are aid stations every 25 miles. The 25 mile route had one aid station at the halfway mark. The 10 mile route has an aid station at the turnaround point. Safety and gear (SAG) vehicles will be in the area for the duration of the tour with water, medical kits and tools for basic bike repairs (such as flat tires) that may be required along the route.
What will you offer at aid stations?
Our friendly volunteer cheer squads and aid station hosts will have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, granola bars, bananas and water. Please bring your own water bottle. Our rest stops also offer high fives, words of encouragement and smiling faces!
Are helmets required?
Yes, anyone participating in the ride, regardless of the route, is required to wear a helmet.
What if I register and then can’t make it… can I get a refund?
Tour de Habitat is not able to offer refunds, but rest assured knowing that your donation will help build more homes, serve more families and bring more neighborhoods back to life in the Capital District.
Can I fundraise for Habitat online?
Yes! All riders are encouraged to set up a fundraising page and encourage their friends, family and coworkers to support their ride efforts with a donation. After you register for the Tour ride of your choice, it will automatically set up a fundraising page that you can share
Download our quick tips for raising money with here..
What time does the after party start?
The after party is from 12-3 pm at Druthers in downtown Albany. All riders receive free buffet lunch and two pints of Druthers beer. Friends and family may join the post-ride party reception for just $15 per person. Purchase extra tickets here— please write the names of the attendees in the Notes section. You may also pay by cash or check made out to “Habitat for Humanity Capital District” at packet pick-up.
What happens if it rains?
The event will be held rain or shine!
Can I bring my pet?
Habitat for Humanity Capital District loves pets, but for the safety of all of our riders, we can only allow service dogs at this event.
Can my company sponsor Tour de Habitat?
How can I tell my friends about Tour de Habitat?
What’s better than riding Tour de Habitat by yourself?! Riding with a friend! Help us spread the word by inviting your friends and families to ride with you on September 17.
→ Join the Tour de Habitat Facebook event and share with your friends.