The Ride

Save the Date: June 20th, 2020!

Register for the CHAFE Ride

The 13th Annual Ride is on June 20th, 2020!

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CHAFE 150 can be an easy ride (Family Fun Ride) to moderate ride (Cat 3 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 be able to manage. None of the routes have mountain passes or unmanageable climbs.

2019 Registration Fees

150 Miles100 Miles80 Miles40 Miles30 MilesFamily Fun Ride****
Adult Entry$75$75$75$45$45FREE**
Adult Donation$50$50$50$50$50***
Youth Entry*$50$50$50$20$200-5 yrs-Free
6+ $10
Youth Donation$25$25$25$25$25***

*Youth are 16 and under  **Adults are Free with Accompanying Child ***Family Fun Ride Donation- Please bring a book to give. ****Because of the reduced fees for the Family Fun, use code 19CHFAMILY when registering. You will not be charged when you enter the code and we will accept payment at registration.

Route Maps

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. Group single-file riding on the highways is acceptable for experienced riders. The 150 mile route is generally classified as a Cat 3 single day ride.

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 30 and 40 mile route options. The maximum grade for the 100 and 80 mile routes is 8%. These routes are professionally timed.

For the 40, 30 and Family Fun Ride routes:
The 30 and 40 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. The 40 mile route is the same as the 30 mile route with an additional 10 miles that has a modest climb of approximately 500 feet.

The Family Fun Ride is an 4 mile ride from City Beach to Dover on the Dover Bay bike trail with no elevation gain. A perfect ride for the whole family! A rest stop with beverages and snacks, crafts, bouncy castle, magician, face painting, reading activities and much more await riders at the finish line at Dover City Park! Families are encouraged to journey back to City Beach for the After Ride Party and BBQ.

Click on Route Name in expanded map for more options, such as downloading or sending maps to your devices.

Hotels & Lodging

The Edgewater Best Western located directly on City Beach, is offering a discount to CHAFE 150 riders! Say you’re with CHAFE when you book your rooms to receive the discount. (208) 263-3194

Our lodging partner and Silver Sponsor, Schweitzer Mountain Resort is offering a discount on lodging for all CHAFE participants! Click here to reserve your room and stay at this beautiful mountain resort. Rates start at $99 in the Selkirk Lodge.

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.

Local Activities

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!

Visit Sandpoint
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.

Local Bike Shops

Greasy Fingers Bikes 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 Customer Service and Best Bike Shop, and 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. Greasy Fingers also provides bike rentals. Be sure to stop in and say “Hi”!

Cycling Resources

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.

North Idaho Bikeways
This volunteer group has been working tirelessly since 1995 to establish a network of bike paths in Sandpoint and neighboring communities. Link up for a map of established paths.

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.

FAQs

Pre-Registration

Early, discounted registration opens midnight, January 17th and ends February 14th, 2019. Online registration ends on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Onsite registration is available Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15.

Packet Pick-Up/Onsite Registrations

Friday, June 14 from 3-7 pm – on the lawn outside of Trinity at City Beach restaurant. 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. There will be a special event dinner for riders and non-riders on Friday evening with guest speaker Tristen Chernove. Tristen is a 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Champion cyclist and Paralympic Gold Medal Winner for the Canadian Paralympic Team. You won’t want to miss this remarkable speaker and dinner! Details to be announced soon.

Ride Day Schedule

5:00 a.m. Late packet pickup & registration opens at Trinity at City Beach south lawn

150 Mile Riders

5:30-6:15 a.m. Complimentary breakfast at Trinity at City Beach (58 Bridge St, Sandpoint)

6:20 a.m. Pre-ride safety speech at City Beach start line

6:30 a.m. 150 mile riders START at City Beach with police escort. *Please stay behind the police escort until the police pull away.

*This is a timed event. Riders will start en masse 6:30 a.m. sharp! No rolling starts.

100 & 80 Mile Riders

6:00-7:15 a.m. Complimentary breakfast at Trinity at City Beach (58 Bridge St, Sandpoint)

6:00-7:00 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

9:20 a.m. PDT Pre-ride safety speech at Troy start line

9:30 a.m. Pacific Time/10:30 a.m. Mountain Time: Riders START at 141 Lake Creek Road, Troy, MT

*This is a timed event. All riders will start en masse at 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time/10:30 a.m. Mountain Time. No rolling starts.

40 & 30 Mile Riders

10:00-11:00 a.m. Late packet pickup & registration opens at Trinity at City Beach south lawn

10:30-11:30 a.m. Complimentary continental breakfast at Trinity at City Beach

11:50 a.m. Pre-ride safety speech at City Beach start line

12:00 noon Riders START at City Beach with police escort. *Please stay behind the police escort until the police pull away.

Course closes at 8:30 p.m. Please plan accordingly.

Family Fun Ride Riders

11:30 Registration Opens at City Beach

12:30 Pre-ride safety speech at City Beach start line

1:00 Riders START at City Beach with police escort. *Please stay behind the police escort until the police pull away.

3:30 Activites end at Dover. Riders are encouraged to return to City Beach for the CHAFE after ride party!

After-Ride Party

2:00 to 8:00 pm the After-Ride Party will be on the lawn outside of Trinity at City Beach restaurant. 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!

Event Jersey

Limited edition CHAFE jerseys can be purchased at Registration for $69 or add the jersey to your registration on Active. Custom designed, insulated water bottles, custom CHAFE sox, 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, June 15, 2019.

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 options offers similar terrain with a more manageable distance. The average grade ranges from 2.1 percent to 3.9 percent. The Piccolo Fondo is perfect for all levels of riders.

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 four years, CHAFE 150 has donated over $260,000 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 for the 150, 100 and 80 mile routes 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 is very happy to welcome E Bike riders join us to ride for such a great cause! E Bikes will be allowed on the 30 and 40 mile routes as well as the Family Fun Ride. 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 and 80 mile rides start at 9:30am PT/10:30am MT in Troy, MT. The 40 and 30 mile rides start at noon at City Beach in Sandpoint. The Family Fun Ride begins at 12:45.

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 100 and 80 mile options 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 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 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 JasonDuchowPhotography.com. Also, make sure you check out the videos shot by Scott Rulander 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 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?

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:

Option 1:
  • You may transfer your registration to another rider. This must be completed at least 7 days before the event (by June 8th).
  • 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 thru 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.

Option 2:

You may defer your registration to the following year. You must make your request more than 30 days 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.