Q. CAN I JOIN AT ANY TIME?
A. Absolutely! Although we are often talking about annual goals, there's no hard and fast rule for this. A rider's goal can be for the quarter, the month, the rest of the year – you name it...
Q. Do I HAVE TO RIDE oN GROUP RIDES?
A. Nope, but the water's fine, we promise! We don't bite and we are a community of cyclists!
Q. Do I HAVE TO RIDE OUTDOORS AT ALL?
A. Right, it gets cold on the east coast, we SoCal folks totally understand. No, you don't. We're in the age of Peloton, Strava and SoulCycle. Although we're all about community and riding bikes together, we're more about cranking out miles for kids and families in need. Bottom line, get an accurate mileage tracker and you do you.
Q. CAN I SELECT WHICH CHARITY I RIDE FOR?
A. We believe in the power of numbers, meaning that every local chapter will be riding for one single children's hospital that year. If you have further thoughts, please send us a smoke signal.
Q. CAN I GET MORE INVOLVED?
A. Hm, let us think about that. Yes! Actually, make that...YES! See smoke signal comment above.
Q. YOU MENTION THAT YOU ARE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHING IN 2019. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
A. It means we're getting our ducks in a row – signing up riders, building our fundraising infrastructure, waxing our legs... Launching on January 1st, 2019 allows us the time to get things right. Well, pretend to at least.
Q. are you a 501(c)3?
A. We are not. Until we have grown to a large enough level, the upkeep is prohibitive, and not particularly necessary. All donations are being collected through a third party service provider and thusly transferred directly to each chapter's local hospital – meaning that we never touch the money and any donations will be tax deductible through that specific organization.
Q. WHat do my dues pay for?
A. The website you're currently looking at, hosting fees, accounting, legal costs, and lots of other boring stuff. Our officers do not take fees; all funds are used solely for the efforts of Veloto and its members.
Q. WHat are your plans for the future?
A. Um, how much time do you have? We'd eventually like to be contributing seven figures annually to local children's hospitals. We are planning yearly meet-ups for our members and one day aim to host a national road and dirt fundraising Gran Fondo. We are also striving to bring in corporate sponsors to match donations and help defray administrative costs in order to expand cohesively. In short, we will be taking over the world.
Q. WHY children's hospitals?
A. Years ago, one of my sons was diagnosed with an incredibly rare, degenerative bone disease. Doctor after doctor shrugged shoulders, offering little but the grimmest of prognoses. Only after a specialist and his team at CHLA dared to zig when everyone else zagged, was there a glimmer of hope. In the end, this magician of a healer not only saved a boy's legs, he offered unparalleled support to two parents that had been brought to their knees.