Am I required to fundraise?

Fundraising is required unless you are participating in the virtual ride only. Funds raised by CowaLUNGa riders support RHA’S mission to promote healthy lungs and clean air through education, research, and policy change. We’ve set reasonable minimums and have many past participants who’ve raised well above that amount. Review the requirements and deadlines and explore our fundraising support resources to help you reach your fundraising goals.

Please note: If you do not meet your fundraising minimum by the fundraising deadline, August 19, 2022, the credit card number provided at the time of registration will be charged the difference between the current amount raised and the minimum required.  If the credit card information is not current when we charge, you will be notified to provide a valid credit card number. You are not allowed to participate in this year’s ride if you have not fulfilled the minimum pledge requirement from a past event.

I don’t own an expensive bike. Will I have to purchase a new one for CowaLUNGa?

No. It’s not important to own an expensive bike. What is important is your bike fits you, you are comfortable on it, and you have trained on it. Also, it’s important your bicycle is in good condition. We suggest a tune-up at one of our sponsoring bike shops, Never Ending Cycles or Wheel & Sprocket’s eleven locations. CowaLUNGa participants ride different types of bikes – road bikes, hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, recumbents and even tandems. Rode bikes are suggested rather than mountain bikes.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

All participants are required to wear helmets at all times while on their bikes. Your safety is our number one concern so no helmet = no ride.

Will I need to carry identification during the event?

All participants MUST carry a current driver’s license, state-issued ID, or student ID with them at all times. It’s important each rider is easily identified if necessary. We also require each participant to submit emergency contact information upon registration. This information will be used only if necessary.

I’ve never been on an organized ride before and I’m a little nervous.

Your nervousness is completely understandable! Respiratory Health Association (RHA) has hosted 25 successful bike tours and will be there to help you along the way. You’ll receive lots of support throughout the ride. Safety and Gear (SAG) drivers patrol the route in case you need a ride or other assistance. Mobile bike shops are available for on-the-road repairs. Medical volunteers keep an eye on our riders and remind everyone to stay hydrated. Veteran Cow riders will also support you every mile. As a new rider, your custom fanny flag (like a bike license plate) will identify you as a first time rider with one large Bessie Cow sticker.  Likewise, all fanny flags will be marked with Bessie Cow stickers to represent each year ridden. We supply food, arrange overnight accommodations, transport your gear, and get you and your bike back to the start line location. RHA even provides pre-ride training opportunities and fundraising coaching. We make available the tools you need for a successful and enjoyable experience.