Thanks for the well-marked and scenic route, for having a crew that seemed to magically appear at all the right moments, and for a lineup of informative and passionate speakers. My beneficiaries are delighted and my cyclist friends are jealous. But most importantly my time spent getting to know you and making new friends from NY to DC was one of the best investments of five days I’ve made in some time.

— Danielle Griffin, NYC-DC Ride 2013

Life-changing, inspiring, one of the major peaks of my life.

— Hank Resnick, NYC-DC Ride 2013

This is the experience of a lifetime. Not only are we doing something active about sustainability and climate change, but the experience of doing something so challenging and with so many other people created connections and interchanges that I’ll remember my whole life.

— Peter Trolio, NYC-DC Ride 2014

This trip further impressed upon me the importance and power of community, and how vital it is to continue to challenge yourself and to explore the unknown.

— Antonia Sohns, NYC-DC Ride 2013

The Climate Ride Independent Challenge program made it so easy for me to raise money to support causes that I care deeply about. I was out on a bike ride early in spring and was thinking about how I could combine two of my biggest passions: 1) environmental causes; 2) riding my bike. Climate Ride allowed me to do this and my 3.5 day trip from Baltimore to Deep Creek, Maryland was one of the highlights of my summer.

— Scott Heacock, Independent Challenge 2014

By the time we were back at the Glacier Guides headquarters, the group was happy and love-filled, and saying goodbye felt far harder than I’d thought it would. The community that we formed in 5 short days was unbelievable. And when I think about the communities that we all drew on to support our fundraising for this hike, the reach and people power of the climate movement feels seriously formidable.

— Katie Siegner, Glacier Hike 2016

I was looking forward to seeing the beauty of nature in the mountains, bearing witness to the effects of climate change on the glaciers, and challenging my body. While all those things did happen, it was the inspiration I gained from my fellow hikers that has given me renewed motivation to work on this issue.

— Megan Van Loh, Glacier Hike 2016

I’ll definitely be on the Climate Ride California again next year…the best 5 days I’ve ever had on a bike, and I spend a lot of days on bikes!

— Adam Happel, California Ride 2016

If you’re considering doing a Climate Ride, or questioning whether you have the physical ability to do it—I’d say to you, “If I can do it, you can do it.” I’m not a competitive cyclist; I rode on a hybrid bike, not a fancy road bike. You’ll be welcomed, you’ll be encouraged, and you’ll enjoy it. Anyone who’s determined and in reasonable shape can finish this ride.

— Chris McEntee, Northeast Ride 2015