Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the 2017 CHAFE150 Rules



Early registration opens midnight, January 18th and ends February 8th, 2017. Online registration ends on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Onsite registration is available Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17. Onsite registration is $75 for the 80 or 150 mile distance and $45 for the 30 mile distance. The minimum donation for all distances is $50. If you have not fundraised enough to cover that minimum donation, you will need to pay the minimum at the time you pick up your registration packet.


Packet Pick-Up/Onsite Registrations

Friday, June 16 from 3-7 pm – lawn outside of Trinity at City Beach restaurant. Stop by to meet other riders and enjoy 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.

Trinity restaurant will also be serving a Chafe150 Carbo Load Dinner special that evening.

Saturday, June 17 starting at 5:00 am – lawn outside of Trinity at City Beach restaurant.


Ride Day Schedule

150 Mile Riders – Saturday, June 17
5:00-6:00 am – Breakfast (Trinity at City Beach restaurant)
6:30 am – Start at City Beach

80 Mile Riders – Saturday, June 17
6:00-7:15 am – Breakfast (Trinity at City Beach restaurant)
6:00-7:00 am – Load bicycles on trucks
7:00-7:30 am – Riders load buses for Troy, MT
9:30 am PST/10:30 am MST – Start at Troy, MT

30 Mile Riders – Saturday, June 17 – lawn outside of Trinity at City Beach restaurant
10:30-11:30 am – Continental Breakfast
12:00 noon – Start at City Beach

After-Ride Party

The After-Ride Party will be at the lawn outside of Trinity at City Beach. 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.

Event Vest

Special 10th Annual Ride event vests can be purchased at Registration for $80. Cycling caps can be purchased for $25.00. Additional CHAFE apparel can be purchased at event merchandise tent.

When does the event take place?

The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo will take place on June 17, 2017!

What are the distances and elevation gain?

The CHAFE 150 Gran Fondo is 150 miles and gains 3,822 feet; the lowest elevation is 1,773 feet at Bonners Ferry, and the highest elevation is 2,585 feet at Bull River. The 80 mile option starts in Troy at 1,892 feet and ends at Sandpoint at 2,085 feet. The Piccolo Fondo is 27 miles with a total ascent of 579 ft.

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 80 mile option offers similar terrain with a more manageable distance. The average grade ranges from 2.1 percent to 3.9 percent.

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 assisting students in the Lake Pend Oreille School District on the autism spectrum. In the past three years, CHAFE 150 has donated over $160,000 to help these children.

Is there a minimum donation amount required?

Yes, riders agree to raise a minimum of $50. 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!

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. And did we mention ice cream bars?

Do you provide mechanical and SAG support along the route?

Yes, there will be mechanical support and SAG support on all routes.

What time do the rides start?

The 150 mile ride starts at 6:30 am at City Beach in Sandpoint. The 80 mile starts at 9:30am PT/10:30am MT in Troy, MT. The Piccolo Fondo starts at noon at City Beach in Sandpoint.

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). The 80 mile option starts in Troy, Montana at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time/10:30 a.m. Mountain Time.

How will the route be marked?

The route will be marked with 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 seven break stops.

What is the weather typically like in Sandpoint in mid-June?

Average temperatures in mid–June are between 77 and 82 degrees F, with mostly clear skies and calm to gentle breezes. Sunset is around 8:30 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 Also, make sure you check out the videos shot by Scott Rulander in 2015 on our home page.

I would like to be a sponsor. Who do I contact about that?

Thank you very much for your sponsorship offer! You can contact

I would like to volunteer for the event. Who do I contact about that?

Thank you very much for your interest! You can contact