What is CVCCA?
CVCCA stands for Central Valley Cycling Charitable Association. We are also known as "Parker's Team".
Why Parker's Team?
Parker is a young boy who has been our inspiration since we organized in 2006. You can find out more on Parker's Page.
How much are annual dues?
Dues for new members and alumni are $100 per year. Family memberships are available for all family members that have completed a fund-raising
season. The cost is $185 per family. Any family member that has not completed a fund-raising season is treated as a new member and charged -
When do I pay my dues?
The dues are based on the calendar year and are due in full by March 31st.
Do you accept credit cards or payment plans?
Yes, we accept Visa and MasterCard. Payment plans are available for the dues but must be paid in full by March 31st.
How do I join?
Check out the events page for information on our Spring Season or send an email to Membership.
What do I get for my dues?
If you are a new fund raising member, you will receive a free jersey. You will also receive coaching and other valuable information related to
nutrition, bike maintenance, etc.
What is the 100-mile bicycle ride?
The coaches will pick an event that is suitable for first-time century riders. For the 2016 spring season, the coaches have selected Lake Tahoe
"America's Most Beautiful Bike Ride", Sunday June 5th. This ride begins at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, State Line,NV,
Does the season end after the event?
No, we continue to ride as a group. Members post rides on the forum weekly. There are many options available for additional events. Smaller groups
usually attend different types of events throughout the year.
Do I have to pay for the century?
Yes. In order to keep overhead low, you are responsible for all of your costs associated with the ride. Event registration is the main cost this year.
What if I don't have a bike?
The club has 33 loaner bikes that are available for new members. The bikes are loaned out each season on a first-come/first-served basis. We
require a copy of a valid major credit card to secure the bike. We will return the copy to you when you return the bike.
When do I need to return the loaner bike?
We ask that you return the loaner bike immediately after the event.
Is there a cost to use the loaner bike?
Yes and no. The club does not charge a fee for the loaners; however we do ask that you return it in the same condition that you received it. In
addition to routine maintenance, this may mean purchasing new tires or a chain or similar items.
What is the fund-raising obligation?
As a first-time rider, you are asked to raise at least $1,000 for charity. This is a one-time individual fund-raising obligation. After the initial season,
you are considered an alumni. Alumni contribute by participating in organized group fund-raisers.
How do I go about raising the $1,000?
You will be assigned a mentor that will help you with your fund-raising. Typically, most members achieve their goal by doing a letter-writing
campaign. Your mentor will give you additional ideas and assist with things like yard sales, car washes, etc.
Where does the money I raise go?
100% of the money raised by individuals goes to our selected charities. Each year, the foundation committee receives proposals and selects
charities for that year. Please see the Beneficiaries page for a list of past and current charities.
What about overhead for the club?
The overhead for the club is kept to a minimum. We do not have any paid employees. The club operates on a volunteer basis. There are costs
associated with insurance, accounting/tax returns, printing, etc. These costs are covered by the annual dues and by group functions. Any funds
from the group fund-raisers over and above our overhead requirements are also donated to charity.
What are the Group Fund-raisers?
Group fund-raisers are events that are put on by the alumni. For example, Alumni have helped manage a fireworks stand, put on a fund-raising
dinner and silent auction, and organized an all-female cycling event known as the Valley Girls Ride.
How often do we train?
Plan on every Saturday. We have coached rides and buddy rides on opposite weeks. We also have Wednesday night coached rides. There is
usually someone riding every day so the schedule is somewhat flexible.
How long are the training rides on Saturday?
The rides get longer and longer as we get closer to the event. We are training for a 100-mile ride.
Besides a bike, what other equipment will I need?
First and foremost, you will need a helmet. You cannot ride with the group without one. You will be provided with detailed information regarding
equipment and gear.
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