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Golden Gate Ride – At A Glance

The 4th Annual Hazon Golden Gate Ride is held May 23-26, 2014
Memorial Day Weekend

The Ride raises money for cutting-edge Jewish environmental projects.

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Schedule Overview

Friday: Registration is from 3-6pm at Walker Creek Ranch.  Friday evening, choose between varied prayer options and celebrate Shabbat in a diverse and pluralistic Jewish community.
Saturday:
Take part in a variety of session offerings including: yoga, naturalist-led hikes, meditations & additional prayer services. Head out on a leisurely cycle through the countryside. Learn about the local ecology, Jewish agricultural wisdom, food justice, sustainable agriculture and more! After dinner, join the entire community for a musical Havdallah dance party, followed by orientation/prep for the days of riding ahead. 
Sunday:
First day of riding. Choose from three route options: 40, 60, or 80 miles.  Bike a loop from Walker Creek Ranch through Petaluma.  Upon arrival back at camp enjoy a yoga class, tour the on-site educational garden, meet the Ranch goats, and relax. 
Monday:
Bike either the 40 or 60 mile routes, ending across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Join the closing celebration and travel home by 3 pm.

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Lodging and Accommodations

The Ride includes three overnights. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights we will stay at Walker Creek Ranch, an environmental education and retreat center in Petaluma.  Participants are housed in dormitory-type cabins with bunk beds. Families will always be housed together and possibly with a second family.

Guests can either bring their own bedding (sleeping bags or sheets and blankets, pillows, and towels), or rent some at the site. You may also opt to bring a tent and camp out in the beautiful scenery at Walker Creek Ranch. Prior to the Ride weekend, you will complete a logistics form that helps us place you with suitable roommates. Hazon aims to minimize the number of participants assigned to each cabin as much as possible.
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Weekend Retreat:

Hazon also welcomes non-Riders to participate in Shabbat activities with the Hazon community.  All are invited to enjoy the delicious local meals and take part in the weekend’s programming.
Highlights include:

  • A diverse Jewish community of all ages, backgrounds, Jewish observance and practice.
  • Varied Shabbat service options- egalitarian, traditional & alternative
  • Wellness sessions including yoga, naturalist-led hikes, meditation, qi gong and more!
  • Opportunities to learn about the relationship between Judaism, food and the environment
  • Musical havdalah dance party- bring your instruments!

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Food:

The ride includes nine (9) meals from Friday dinner until Monday lunch as well as rest stops along the bike route. All food is kosher. Meals will be vegetarian with the exception of Friday night dinner, which may include fish. Where possible we strive to use food that is locally produced and/or organic.

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The Route:

Hazon’s Golden Gate Ride has much to offer both the novice and experienced cyclist.  The Hazon community is diverse, with riders of all skill levels from across the Bay Area and beyond.

Cyclists may elect to ride the following mileage options:
Sunday – approximately 40, 60 or 80 miles
Monday – approximately 30 or 50 miles

Route descriptions, maps, mileage, and topography specifics for each route are now available on our Route Information page.

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Cycling Support:

  • Rest stops are located approximately every 15-20 miles along the route, fully equipped with bathrooms, shade, water, energy drink and an array of snacks.
  • Bike Mechanics will be on hand throughout the event for those in need of assistance.  Repairs will be free of charge but participants will need to cover the cost of parts.
  • Medics are scheduled to support all rest stops and first aid supplies will be on hand.  Please do not hesitate to ask a volunteer medic or SAG (Support and Gear) vehicle for assistance.
  • SAG Vehicles will be patrolling the route and stationed at rest stops to help those in need.

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Crew Participation

Crew members are integral to the event’s success and a great way to get your family and friends involved.  Crew members join the Hazon community for the Shabbat retreat and are required to pay a minimal registration fee.  During the ride they help in a variety of ways- driving a support vehicle, cheering and setting-up rest stops along the route.  Families with children are encouraged to register for ‘Ruach Crew’ and will be tasked with cheering and celebrating the riders along the route.

Please visit the Crew section of our website for Crew specifics.
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