COVID-19 Response (updated on 08/16/21)
The Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS is first and foremost a fundraising event to fuel the mission priorities of the Golden West Chapter of The ALS Association, where people living with ALS and their families come first.
Whereas people living with ALS are at a high risk of serious illness or death if they are infected with COVID-19, and the Delta variant has been proven to be more than twice as infectious and can be transmitted between vaccinated individuals, the decision has been made to transition to a fully virtual event that will be held on Saturday, September 18. In the interest of safety, we will no longer be hosting an in-person event in Napa this year.
How do I participate?
Choose YOUR way of supporting our community this year from wherever you are in the world. You can Ride, Walk, Run, Roll, Hike, Swim - the possibilities are endless! If you plan on hosting your own get-together for one or more teams, please let us know and we can help you make it fun and safe!
Assumption of Risk
By participating with others in support of the Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS, you expressly agree to comply with any and all rules and safety guidelines put in place by local authorities, and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, waiving all claims and potential claims against the event organizers, and their affiliated companies relating to such risks.
If you choose to participate with others and/or create your own team event, we strongly advise that you have a vaccine requirement and wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Rules of the Road & Safety Tips
Cycling is a wonderful way to see all that California has to offer, while raising awareness for and supporting a great cause. Please be mindful of these safety tips as you are out on the road. All are important parts in ensuring your safety and the safety of those you will be sharing the road with. Thanks!
The Rules of the Road
•Follow all rules and laws of the road.
•Ride single file, especially on narrow shoulders or when cars are close.
•Stop at Stop Signs
•Pass only on the left. Be sure to let the rider being over taken know (politely) you are passing on the left by saying "on your left!"
•As this is a fun ride, not a competitive race, please don't take any chances riding too aggressively just to shave a few seconds off ride time.
•Wear your helmet when you on your bike. No exceptions.
•No headphones, please.You need to hear other cyclists, pedestrians, and vehicles.
•Signal to following riders about debris and obstacles on the road.
•Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Drink water before you feel thirsty and keep yourself hydrated!
Contacts in an Emergency
In an emergency dial 911. If there’s some doubt, please dial 911.
Beginning and Advanced Cycling
The League of American Bicyclists has great tips for beginning and for more advanced riders. The advance section includes information on group riding.
To start, here is a helpful video from the Global Cycling Network on how to ride in a group: