Ride for Missing Children

Metric Century, Other

Event Date

Fri, Oct 17, 2014


Flower Mound, TX

About This Activity

The Inaugural Ride for Missing Children in Texas will take place along a 100K (62 mile) route in Denton County, Texas.

The Ride will honor all missing and exploited children and raise fund to support education programs to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation.

Event details and schedule

The Inaugural Texas Ride for Missing Children

Who:      Experienced cyclists and novices, too. Anyone who can ride a bike 62 miles and wants to help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation…You!  Invite your family and friends to celebrate with you at the finish.

What:   100k (62 mile) bike ride to benefit the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Texas Regional Office, specifically their work to prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation.

When:   Friday, October 17, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where:  Lifetime Fitness - Flower Mound, 3100 Churchill Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75022. Along the route, we will stop at designated schools to rest, refresh, and to be cheered on by volunteers and children.

Why:     To provide awareness and support for prevention education to keep Texas children safer on and offline from abduction and sexual exploitation.


Your Commitments

As a Rider, we ask you to:

1. Ride as a team, maintaining a 14-16 mph pace. 

It is important to think of the Ride as an awareness event – not a race or endurance event. The Ride for Missing Children is NOT a race but more like a procession.  Our goal is to ride as a TEAM. As we go through our route we want people to see us riding as one group.

2. RAISE or DONATE a minimum of $150 to support our prevention education programs.

We ask that you RAISE or DONATE at least $150 to help fund NCMEC/TRO’s educational programs to keep Texas children safer on and offline. All pledges must be in by October 10th.

3. Attend at least one Mandatory Training Ride.

Training rides will be held on September 20, September 27, and October 5. You will be contacted via email for more information on time and location.  For questions regarding the training rides, please contact Kelly Culhane at  kcritt@verizon.net

4. Help NCMEC/TRO in its mission to promote awareness to the plight of all missing and exploited children and the need for child safety education.

The Ride for Missing Children is not just a one-day event. Our mission to promote awareness is ongoing. You can help by:

  • Joining our Planning Committee to help organize the Ride or other special events
  • Volunteering to assist in other special events and community outreach opportunities


Bicycles and Equipment

Bicycles for the 100k (62 mile) Ride

Although you can utilize road bikes, mountain bikes, or hybrid bikes on this ride, it is highly recommended that you use a road bike. Road bikes have thinner tires, which require less effort over the long course of the Ride.

If you are going to ride a mountain bike on The Ride for Missing Children, we ask that you replace the knobby tires with smooth “slicks”. These are available at most bike stores.

Bicycle Maintenance

Prevent Problems by having a tune-up BEFORE October 17, 2014

Please make sure your bicycle is tuned up at least a week or two before the event so that you have some time to make sure any problems are corrected. If you are in doubt about your tires and tubes – replace them with new ones. We will have bicycle mechanics with us the day of the Ride, but they will be there to fix flat tires ONLY.

If you have a bike problem

On the 100k (62 mile) Ride, if you have a problem with your bike (i.e., a flat tire) and have to stop, here is the proper procedure:

Raise your hand and yell out “Flat-tire!!!!!”

Drift to the far RIGHT shoulder of the road away from traffic and out of the line of Riders. Other Riders should steer around you and give you the right-of-way.

DO NOT stop immediately in the middle of a group of Riders – you will cause an accident.

When you are off the road stop your bike and dismount. Keep your hand raised so you can be seen.

The Bike Mechanics in the SAG Wagons will assist you with your bike problem.

The truck and bus at the back of the escort will take you and your bike to the next rest stop where your bike will be repaired. In order to keep our uniform pace, we cannot fix flat ties or do repairs “on the road”.

All other Riders KEEP ON RIDING. Do not risk creating more of a hazard by trying to stop quickly and lend assistance. Keep on riding. The “Shepherds” will move to the side and lend assistance to the rider.

Bike Equipment


The following are good ideas to take with you on each ride.

  • Frame pump - make sure the pump fits the type of tire adapters you have on your bike (presta or schraeder).
  • Spare tubes - check the correct size for your tire.
  • Tire irons (plastic) - for taking your tire off the rim.
  • Patch kit - for fixing small leaks in the new tube you just put in.
  • Water bottles and cages (2).
  • Slicks to replace your tires if you are on a mountain bike.

Nice “Extras”

These are some things that make bike riding more interesting, but are not essential.

  • Cyclemeter - gives your speed and distance covered.
  • Biking shoes - special bike shoes have stiff soles to deliver more power to the pedals and prevent foot fatigue.
  • Pedal cages - if your bike doesn’t have cages or “clips”, we recommend getting them. With out the clips you are only pushing down on the down-stroke. Clips let you pedal in “circles” and pull the pedal on the upstroke.
  • Clipless pedals - these are like “ski bindings” for bike pedals.

Biking Clothing and Accessories

We recommend the following clothing and accessories to make the Ride safe and enjoyable:

1. An ANSI/SNELL approved BICYCLE HELMET is mandatory for all Riders on training rides and The Ride for Missing Children. We are bringing a message of safety to all children and we must set a proper example by wearing our bicycle helmets whenever we are on our bikes.

2. Biking shorts - DO NOT wear any shorts with an inseam.

3. Biking gloves – these make your hands comfortable on the handlebars.

4. Mirror – helmet or handlebar mount. We are riding in a group and it’s always good to see who is behind you and where.

5. October in North TX can bring a variety of weather, so be prepared!! On the day of the Ride, bring ALL your gear. You can store your gear in one of our assigned vehicles.

There are some things to keep in mind:

  • In rain, keep your head, feet, hands, and body DRY.
  • Buffer your body from the wind.
  • Bring several layers of lightweight clothing.
  • Do not bring bulky clothing.
  • Pack your gear and clothing in a duffle bag you will be able to keep in your assigned SAG wagon.

Required Training Rides

The goal of the training rides is to learn how to ride together in a large group over a long distance at a uniform pace. All Riders are required to make at least one ride so that we can train as a group. New Riders need to attend 2 training rides. The rides will be held on September 20, September 27, and October 5.  You will be contacted via email with deatils on the time and location of each ride. Please note: Our training rides will not have a police escort. It is extremely important to follow the rules of safe riding.

  • Do not ride more than two by two, and ride single file when there is not a wide shoulder.
  • When a car is approaching from the rear, the Riders in the back of the line will holler out “CAR BACK”. This is a signal to get into a single line. DO this quickly!!!

Rules of the Road

We will ride as a TEAM

The Ride for Missing Children is NOT a race but more like a procession. Our goal is to ride as a TEAM. As we go through the towns on our route we want people to see us riding as one group. Everyone must understand that we will have Riders of different abilities and we must stay together in a continuous line. This is something that most Riders (including experienced racers) are not used to doing.

Overall we will be keeping an average pace of 14-16 mph. Do not allow large gaps between groups of Riders. Stay with the pace. Follow the pace set by the “Shepherds” (see below). DO NOT push the pace. If you are having problems maintaining the pace, pull off to the right side of the road and wait for the SAG wagons/bus.

Riding in a large group is very different from riding in a race or riding in a small group. Stronger Riders have to gauge their pace – if they charge too aggressively then they will leave the back of the group behind. The result will be a huge gap in the middle of our line and this is a safety issue.

The pace car may slow down the pace in order to let the back of the group catch up. Please keep your pace even and follow instructions. Although many of you can take a faster pace, remember – we have to keep the group together. We ask our experienced Riders to work with us at keeping a slower pace than you are capable of riding. NO BREAK AWAYS!!! Assist the slower Riders. Ride along side of them and give them encouragement.

The “Shepherds”

We will have our more experienced Riders designated as “Shepherds” for our group. These Riders will be wearing something (depending on weather conditions) that will let you know who they are. The Shepherds will be working with law enforcement to keep us riding at a steady pace and in a uniform line.

DO NOT pass these Riders or try to push the pace faster than the pace they set. The front Shepherds will be in touch with those at the front and the back of our escort. You must follow the instructions given to you by the Shepherds.

2 -- 1 Riders Abreast

One of the keys to safe riding is a large group is to keep organized and keep a safe distance between you and the other Riders. On the Ride, we will be using the “2 – 1” system – all at the direction of the law enforcement escorting us:

  • 2 abreast -- our standard riding configuration.
  • 1single file -- we will ride single-file when we have to go on a narrow shoulder.

Important!!!!! At no time must we ride more than two abreast unless directed to by law enforcement. Having more than three Riders side-by-side can make it impossible for the middle Riders to move out of the way in the event of an obstacle or a crash up ahead. The only Riders who are to be riding 3-abreast are the designated Shepherds.

Rules to Remember!

These rules are important for all Riders to ensure a safe, enjoyable Ride for everyone. We need your cooperation. Anyone not following the rules will be dropped from the rest of the Ride.

1. Do NOT pass the Shepherds in the front of the line or push the pace faster than the one they are setting.

2. Follow all directions from our law enforcement escort and the Shepherd Riders.

3. Do not overlap your front wheel with the rear wheel of the bike in front of you.

4. All Riders MUST wear ANSI/SNELL approved bicycle helmets on ALL training rides and on the 100k (62 mile) Ride.

5. DO NOT make sudden stops. If you drop something – DO NOT stop to pick it up!!!! Shout out “… dropped water bottle (or what ever you’ve dropped)”. One of the Shepherds at the back of the line will pick it up and give it to the back-up wagons.

6. Use hand signals when you are slowing, turning or stopping.

7. Keep your hands near your brakes at all times.

8. DO NOT use your aero bars!!! This is a rule enforced even in races since when you are down on your aero bars you cannot reach your brakes quickly in an emergency.

9. Railroad Tracks!!! SLOW DOWN!!! Cross RR tracks at a perpendicular. If you cross at too much of an angle your wheel may be pulled out from under you and you will go down.

10. Keep the pace!!! If you find that you cannot keep the pace, you must drop back and take a rest. The Shepherds in the rear of the line will assist you getting into the SAG wagon/bus and putting your bike in the trailer.

11. Point out and call out obstacles in the way. Remember – Riders behind you cannot see in front of you.

12. There are no points given for riding at the head of the pack. Spread out, enjoy the day. This is not a race.

Support and Gear (SAG) Wagons and Support Vehicles

We will have SAG vehicles with us on Friday, October 17, but not on the training rides. On the day of the Ride, we will be followed by a truck and bus to pick up any Riders who have mechanical failures or who want to rest for part of the Ride. To keep our uniform pace, if you have a flat tire or mechanical problem, the bike mechanics will put you and your bike in the van (truck) and make the repair at the next rest stop.


Each Rider is required to give or raise a minimum of $150 to benefit the work of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Texas Regional Office. Most people support the Center’s mission and will want to support your efforts to further that mission. You only have to ask!

Let potential donors know that:

  • Every dollar raised will help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation in Texas.
  • NCMEC/TX is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity. Our Federal ID number is 52-1328557. Gifts to NCMEC/TX are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
  • NCMEC is a nonprofit and received 4 stars from Charity Navigator, America's premier independent charity evaluator, and uses 93% of its revenue for program services.

Step #1: Set a Goal

What’s your goal? The minimum fundraising requirement is $150. Can you raise more than $150? Each dollar raised will help prevent child abduction and sexual exploitation in Texas.

Step #2: Make a Plan

How are you going to reach your goal? Ask 15 friends for $10 each? Ask 3 friends for $50 each? Donate $50 and ask 2 friends for $50 each?

How are you going to ask? The most effective ask is one that is made face to face and to people who know you well. Other effective ways, in order of likely success, are: phone calls and emails.

Step #2: Get Online

Set up a fundraiser page on www.active.com/myevent and let people know that they can donate at that page to your Ride. You can make your page as simple or creative as you wish – 24 hour assistance available from Active. You can also monitor your own page i.e. donations. Offline donations will be added also. Donors will automatically receive a thank you appropriate for tax purposes.

Fundraising Guidelines

As a Rider for Missing Children, you are representing the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. NCMEC does have several guidelines that you must follow.

Donations go directly to NCMEC/TX to fund education programs for child safety and abduction prevention and to support the mission of the Texas Regional Office.

NCMEC/TX is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charity and is a publicly supported organization as defined in sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Our Federal ID number is 52-1328557. Gifts to NCMEC/TX are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

NCMEC does NOT conduct general phone solicitation for funds. In your fundraising efforts for The Ride for Missing Children, please DO NOT make phone calls to people you do not know well, for the solicitation of donations. It is acceptable to call people you know (close friends, relatives, and people who will know you personally), and who are familiar with you, to tell them of the Ride and ask for their support by giving donations.

Donations can be made with credit card online or in the form of a check. Checks should be made out to NCMEC/TX. Have the donors put your name on the memo area of the check. When checks are turned into NCMEC/TX by the Rider, we will keep a record of all contributions under the name of each Rider.

Exercise discretion when speaking of missing children and fundraising. Carefully explain the goals of our Ride and that the funds you raise will go directly to education programs for child safety and abduction prevention and to support the mission of NCMEC/TX. If you write your own letters please be aware that NCMEC does not allow the image of any missing child to be used with fundraising materials or the use of our logo.

NCMEC/TX will mail a formal thank you/tax letter to your sponsors thanking each for his/her donation if a full name and address are provided.

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