2023 California Challenge

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We are currently at event capacity. If you would like to ride or volunteer and are not registered, you are welcome to add yourself to the waitlist by emailing hannahs@weareprojecthero.org. We will notify you if a spot becomes available.


2023 California Challenge

October 15 - 21, 2023

Fundraising commitment deadline: August 30



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



Commitment Deadline for the 2023 California Challenge:  

The final day for fundraising to qualify for registration for the California Challenge will be Wednesday, August 30. Riders who have not raised enough funds to qualify for registration in the 2023 California Challenge on that date are eligible for donation to Project Hero or transferability to a 2024 Challenge event.


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



There is a $75 (non-refundable and non-transferable) registration fee for all rider types for all 2023 Project Hero Challenge Rides.



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 15, 2023. ABSOLUTELY NO "DAY OF EVENT" REGISTRATION.

Single day riders must pay the non-refundable/non-transferable $75 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 August 30. 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 - $700

Non-injured Active Duty or Veteran - $1,500

General Public - $4,000

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


If on the COMMITMENT DEADLINE (August 30, 2023):

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.



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 15

Santa Cruz (Registration Day) 


October 16

Santa Cruz to Carmel


October 17 

Carmel to San Simeon


October 18

San Simeon to Pismo Beach


October 19

Pismo Beach to Solvang


October 20

Solvang to Ventura


October 21

Ventura to Port Hueneme

Project Hero Partners — Who make it all possible

  • American Red Cross
  • Pritzker Military Foundation
  • Boeing
  • U-Pack
  • Pactimo
  • Macy's
  •  Shimano
  • 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
  • Raymond James Veterans Inclusion Network (VALOR)
  • Veterans Village
  • Raytheon Technologies
  • Champion X
  • Dover
  • Aladdins
  • Jack Kushner
  • RockBridge
  • The Junto