Join Team xMinds for Bike to the Beach 2022!
Join or Donate to Team xMinds Here
Do you want to develop a deeper sense of community with fellow xMind families?
Do you want to get into shape under the guidance of our amazing team captain, Patrick Quigley?
Do you want to support xMinds, but you're not sure how to get involved? Scroll down to the FAQs below or email any of these xMinds leaders who are organizing this event:
Patrick Quigley -- Team Captain (for bike-riders)
Join us for Practice Rides!
June 5 PRACTICE RIDE WILL BE A RIDE AND DINE EVENT!
Chalkboard Wings & BBQ is partnering with the xMinds Bike to the Beach Team to host a "Ride and Dine” event on Sunday June 5. The B2B community and your families are invited! Ten percent of sales that day will go to support the xMinds team's B2B fundraising. So if you don’t want to ride, please stop by for the food!
Time and Date -- Sunday, June 5. Training ride starts at 8:00 AM. Dining starts at 11:00 AM.
Location — Chalkboard Wings & BBQ, located at 8723 Cooper Rd, Alexandria VA 22309.
Details — Starting at 8:00 AM we'll ride from Chalkboard through Alexandria neighborhood streets and then down Mt. Vernon Trail and back for a total of about 30 miles. (It’s and out-and-back ride, so riders can go shorter distances, if they like.) The dining will start at 11:00 a.m., with breakfast options in addition to the regular menu.
Sunday, June 26 @ 9am. Rock Creek Trail (~35 miles; Lake Needwood to the Brightwood Recreation Area, which is close to 16th St & Military Rd, NW in DC, and back)
Sunday, July 17 @ 9am. W&OD (~40 miles; Shirlington to Herndon and back.
More to be scheduled -- generally every other Sunday morning at 9am.
Join or Donate to Team xMinds Here
Thinking of joining Team xMinds? Here are the FAQs:
What is Bike to the Beach? Bike to the Beach is a nonprofit that organizes bike rides around the country to help local autism organizations like xMinds raise money. xMinds has participated for the last four years and now relies on this fundraiser to raise more than half its annual budget.
What if I don't have time to do any volunteering or bike-riding, but I want to support Team xMinds? We would very much appreciate a financial donation to the team. We are doing this fun event ultimately to raise funds so xMinds can continue its free programming for families and educators. You can donate here. We appreciate all donations!
What's involved for the bikers? The biking enthusiasts get together for weekend practice rides in the spring, then ride in the Bike to the Beach bike ride on July 29. The complete 100-mile-ride starts at Union Station, DC, but there are other starting points along the route where you can start your ride if you're interested in riding only 75, 50 or 25 miles. (Most riders opt for one of the shorter rides.) Everyone ends at the same finish line in Dewey Beach, DE. All practice rides are optional, so drop in when you can! Some people bring their teenage kids too. In the past people have found these rides are a lot of fun and a great way to meet other xMinds families. Bike riders can join Team xMinds here.
What's involved for non-bikers? We need non-biking volunteers to staff the rest stop that we're going to host on the day of the bike ride (July 29). This is a great way to be involved, especially if your family member wants to ride but it's not your thing. It’s fun to be part of the excitement and to cheer on the bike-riders, especially if you have a family member who's riding! If you're not available to be at the rest stop on July 29, you can donate drinks or snacks ahead of time. If you want to help with the rest stop please email Marci or Jean. We encourage you to join the team as a volunteer for free, and help with fundraising by reaching out to friends to support the team. Register for the team as a volunteer here, and click on the 4th tab at the top "volunteer." Select the ride "Washington, DC on July 29, 2022," and select as your team "xMinds."
How much money do I need to raise as a member of Team xMinds? You're not required to raise any minimum amount, but you might be happily surprised at how your friends and family respond when you reach out to them to invite them to support Team xMinds.
How important is this to xMinds? xMinds relies on this event to provide half our annual budget -- so it's important!
What does it cost for me to register to ride on July 29? There are three possible levels, and for each registration level you can join the xMinds team for 50% off if you use our registration code: PartnerXMINDS50. The regular prices, before the 50% discount are: (1) Standard registration - $100 enrollment - $500 fundraising minimum; (2) Yellow registration - $50 enrollment - $1,500 fundraising minimum; and (3) Goal Hitter Registration - $500 enrollment. $0 fundraising minimum. Please don't let the fundraising minimums keep you away. They are not enforced. Please think of them as aspirational!
Where can I find out more about the ride and the route? The Washington, DC ride is described here.
How can I buy those cool xMinds bike shirts I see in the photos? You can buy shirts and other xMinds-branded bike paraphernalia here: https://jakroo.com/store-front?storeId=SJ_X_DGcS
See photos from our successful B2B event on July 30, 2021. Our team had a great time and raised over $42,000! This year we're shooting for $45,000!