Life in Camp
Questions about living in a mobile tent city for a week? Don’t worry – we’ll take you on a little tour so that you have your bearings when you step into camp on Day 1!
When you ride in you’ll be greeted by a team of lovely Bike Parking Roadies who will scan your bike in, and get it placed on a rack. Try to remember where your bike is, as it will be joined by about 2,000 other by the end of the day and you’ll want to find it quickly the next morning for ride out.
Gear and Tents
After you’ve gotten your bike placed on a rack, it’s time to pay a visit to the Gear and Tent Roadies! They’re easy to find, because they hang out in their 24-foot trucks with everyone’s gear bags and tents. Head to your assigned truck to grab your gear bag and tent, and make your way to the tent grid. To keep all 1,200 tents organized, each tent is assigned to a space on the grid which is marked with small seed packet holders on the ground. Find your space, grab a buddy, and set up your tent. Toss your bags inside to weigh the tent down, and you’re all set!
Pro-tip: bring a small decoration to leave at your tent so that you remember which one’s yours. Common decorations include welcome mats, lawn gnomes, flags, etc.
Hot shower? You’ve earned it!
Whether you spent the day cycling or working in your role as Roadie, you have worked up a sweat! We have shower trucks with plenty of hot water ready and waiting in camp. There are men’s showers, women’s showers, and gender-neutral showers that can be used by anyone. We also have soap and shampoo in the Camp Store in case you forgot yours or ran out during the week.
You’re fresh out of the shower, and now it’s time to refuel! Make your way over to the dining tent, where the fabulous Food Services team will get you set up with a hot meal. We have vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, and if you have specific dietary restrictions, contact your Participant Representative for guidance.
Your bike is on a rack, your tent is set, you’re squeaky clean, and your belly is full. What’s next? Whatever you want! You could pay a visit to the Camp Lounge to relax in inflatable bean-bag chairs, hit up the foam rolling area to relieve any muscle tightness, visit the Chiro or Sports Med tent if you need anything taped or worked on, or listen to the daily camp stage programs in the dining hall!
We also try to have a camp activity each day – past activities include root-beer busts, a Red Dress Day nail salon, movie night, and of course the Candle Light Vigil on the evening of Day 6.
The route opens at 6:30am, so you’ll want to be in bed early. Quiet hours start at 9:30pm, and we expect folks to be respectful of the close quarters we keep in the tent grid. Be sure to pack a headlamp so you can navigate to the restrooms in the dark, and be sure to gently close the porta-potty door as you exit.
Mornings in Camp
The Ride is a week of early mornings! Breakfast service starts at 5am, where hot food and coffee will be ready for you. After you’ve eaten, you’re free to use camp services like the shower trucks, attend a group stretch/yoga session, or whatever else. You’ll need to pack your bags, take down your tent, and deliver both to the Gear and Tent Roadies before you retrieve your bike from Bike Parking. Be sure to have everything you need for the day (water bottles, gloves, sunglasses, helmet, etc.) on your person, because you won’t have access to your gear bags until you ride into the next camp.
Thank your Roadies!
As you may have noticed, nearly every item on this list includes a Roadie team helping to make your day a bit easier. These amazing folks volunteer their time to make this Ride possible – without Roadies, AIDS/LifeCycle simply couldn’t happen. Be generous with the thank-you’s, high-fives, and hugs.