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2021 California Challenge

October 17 - 23, 2021

Fundraising commitment deadline: October 1



Please note that there is a fundraising commitment for all participant types and a small registration fee. 

While we wish we could continue to offer free participation to our wounded veterans and first responders, there is now a fundraising commitment to participate in multi-day events such as Challenge Rides, Initiatives and Mountain Bike Rides.

Click HERE for more information and a list of FAQs regarding the new structure.



Commitment Deadline for the 2021 California Challenge:  

The final day for fundraising to qualify for registration for the California Challenge will be Friday, October 1. Riders who have not raised enough funds to qualify for registration in the 2021 California Challenge on that date are eligible for donation to Project Hero or transferability to a 2022 Challenge event.


This ride is rated Category "A" (very difficult)



There is a $25 (non-refundable and non-transferable) registration fee for all rider types for all 2021 Project Hero Challenge Rides. Your registration fee will automatically be counted toward your fundraising commitment.



If you are unable to join us for the entire ride you may participate in any one day of the Challenge. SINGLE DAY RIDER REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY 6:00 PM on October 17, 2021. ABSOLUTELY NO "DAY OF EVENT" REGISTRATION.

Single day riders must pay the non-refundable/non-transferable $25 registration fee and raise a single-day minimum fundraising amount of $150 per day. Specific day(s) are selected during the registration process.

Due to demand and logistics, single-day riders are limited to a maximum of TWO days per event (whether consecutive or nonconsecutive days), setting a fundraising commitment of $300. All riders participating in more than two days will be required to raise the fundraising minimum for the full week for their corresponding participation type.



All volunteers must register online. We will be in touch to confirm your role. Please note that signing up to volunteer does not guarantee you a spot as a volunteer. Volunteers are chosen based on specific needs for a ride. Please contact a staff member with any questions at info@weareprojecthero.org.



To find your rider page or to sponsor a rider, please visit the search for a rider page.

To login to access your rider page, please LOGIN HERE. Note: You must FIRST REGISTER with the buttons above to have a rider page.



If you register for an event and reach your required fundraising commitment, you automatically qualify to participate. Just make sure you reach your fundraising minimum before the commitment deadline of October 1. Although we will no longer be making selections to determine who will be participating in Challenge Rides, it’s important that you stay connected with your local HUBs to support your training efforts.


Minimum Fundraising Commitments: 

Wounded Warrior - $1,000

Non-injured Active Duty or Veteran - $2,000

General Public - $4,000

Single Day Riders - $150/day (2 day max)


If on the COMMITMENT DEADLINE (October 1, 2021):

You meet and/or exceed the goal:

Way to go! You’re all set to participate. Any extra funds raised help cover the cost of getting staff and volunteers to the event. Funds can also help another rider registered for the SAME event reach their fundraising requirement.


You meet the goal but cannot attend:

If canceling BEFORE the fundraising deadline, funds can be: transferred to another multi-day event within 12-months, transferred to another rider for the SAME event, or donated to Project Hero. For cancellations AFTER the fundraising deadline (or no shows), funds raised will be considered a donation and will not be transferable.


You have not met the goal:

There are several options to ensure every participant has the opportunity to ride:


1. Pay (or raise) the difference within 3 business days.

2. Transfer funds to another event within a 12-month period.

3. Transfer funds to a rider registered for the SAME event.

4. Donate funds to Project Hero.


If options 1-3 are not completed by the deadline, funds will automatically be considered a donation (option 4) and will not be transferable.

*Note: Credit cards will NEVER be automatically charged.



To safely conduct this event and follow local COVID-19 requirements and guidelines, we will be implementing various COVID-19 safely protocol.



Please visit the FAQ page with any questions, or contact us at info@weareprojecthero.org.

RIDE GUIDE will be sent via email to all registered participants.


October 17

Santa Cruz (Registration Day) 


October 18

Santa Cruz to Carmel


October 19 

Carmel to San Simeon


October 20

San Simeon to Pismo Beach


October 21

Pismo Beach to Solvang


October 22

Solvang to Santa Barbara


October 23

Santa Barbara

Project Hero Partners — Who make it all possible

  • American Red Cross
  • Pritzker Military Foundation
  • Boeing
  • U-Pack
  • Pactimo
  • Macy's
  •  Shimano
  • Perfomance Bicycle
  • Fuji
  • Strohman Enterprise Garmin
  • Camelbak
  • Rocktape
  • Parktool
  • Scott USA
  • Saris
  • Chamois Butt’r
  • Kenda
  • Gatorade
  • Soldier Fuel
  • ICC
  • R4 Alliance
  • Save Our Soles
  • K-Edge
  • Pro-Shift
  • Speedplay
  • Garmin
  • Law Firm of Joseph A. Low