Bike for Hope


13th Annual George Thanhauser Bike for Hope

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Each spring, our cycling community takes to the streets of Raleigh to raise funds for mental health. The Bike for Hope offers three routes: 15 miles, 30 miles, and 47 miles. 100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2016, 245 participants raised over $21,500!

The 2017 Bike for Hope will be held at TLC for Bikes in Raleigh’s beautiful Lafayette Village.

  • Post-ride celebration on Lafayette Village Green
  • Raffle, prizes, and t-shirts
  • Lunch provided by Jersey Mike’s Subs and PDQ

And, ALL NEW for 2017: fundraising incentives to get you pumped to ride!

Raise $250 and you’ll receive a commemorative Bike for Hope
Giordana Vero Pro Short Sleeve Jersey

Raise $1,000 and you’ll be entered to win our drawing for
Domestic Air Travel for 2 on Delta Air Lines

Sponsor a rider:

When is the Bike for Hope?

Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Where is the Bike for Hope?

TLC for Bikes, Lafayette Village
8480 Honeycutt Road
Raleigh, NC 27615 | map>>
Tel: 919-324-4966

How long is the ride?

The Bike for Hope offers 3 ride routes:

47-MILE RIDE: A challenging ride offering a series of hills and curves with two rest stops. Not recommended for a beginning rider. |47 Mile Cue Sheet
30-MILE RIDE: An average ride offering a series of hills and curves. There will be one rest stop on this ride. | 30 Mile Cue Sheet
15-MILE RIDE: An average ride offering a series of hills and curves. There will be no rest stops on this ride.| 15 Mile Cue Sheet

SAG (support and gear) vehicles and EMTs will be stationed along the routes for any issues or emergencies. Rest stops will be equipped with water, Gatorade, and snacks to keep cyclists hydrated and fueled.

What time does the Bike for Hope start?

47-mile ride | RIDE STARTS 8AM (Onsite registration at 7AM)
30-mile ride | RIDE STARTS 9AM (Onsite registration at 8AM)
15-mile ride | RIDE STARTS 9:30AM (Onsite registration at 8:30AM)

Where can I park?

Parking for cyclists and volunteers is available off Walton Commons Drive, across from Lafayette Village. Overflow parking is available off Honeycutt Road, across from Lafayette Village:

2016 BFH parking

How much does it cost to participate in the Bike for Hope?

The earlier you register, the better!

February 15–April 6: $35
April 7–May 5: $45
May 6/Event Day: $50

All participants receive t-shirts, breakfast, refreshments, and lunch. Riders will also qualify for dozens of great prizes. A post-ride lunch celebration will be held on the Village Green at Lafayette Village Shopping Center (directly in front of TLC Bikes).

What can I win in the raffle?

Enter our raffle for a chance to win one of these great prizes:

  • Domestic Air Travel for 2 from Delta Air Lines
  • Norco Indie 2 Hybrid Bike
  • $250 Angus Barn Gift Card

Raffle will be drawn on May 6th. All raffle tickets must be turned in by noon on May 6th to be eligible. (Raffle awards over $600 are subjected to 1099 reporting requirements.)

Our favorite way to raise money is selling raffle tickets!  

Raise BIG MONEY for you or your team. Call our office at 919-781-9255 or visit us at 3108 Glen Royal Road to pick up your packs of tickets.

  • Single Raffle Tickets: $1
  • 6 Raffle Tickets: $5
  • 25 Raffle Tickets: $20

Who was George Thanhauser?

George Thanhauser was an avid cyclist and owner of Town & Country Bike Shop in Wake Forest. The Bike for Hope started in 2004 as a bike and hike for family and friends in memory of George, who had recently lost his battle with cancer.

What happens if it rains?

You’ll get wet. The Bike for Hope is on rain or shine!

What is your policy on pets?

Please leave your pets at home.

Support our 2017 Bike for Hope sponsors!

Learn how to become a Bike for Hope sponsor.

Download the 2017 Bike for Hope brochure.