join the nation
Cycling is great for your health. But when you join the CycleNation movement, you aren’t just doing it for yourself—you’re impacting future research, prevention and treatment for the entire nation.
1. Sign Up
2. Get Supporters
3. Ride for Life
4. Save Lives
Step 1. Sign Up
Start a Team
Want to start a health revolution? Become a team captain and start your own team. Check out the available locations, pick a time slot and register your team. We make it easy to invite members to your team with our email tools. Each bike has a $1,000 fundraising minimum and can have up to eight riders. You can sponsor as many bikes as you want.
Join a Team
Know someone that’s started a team? Join their team now. If you don’t know anyone who’s participating and you still want to join a team—we can refer you.
Step 2. Get Supporters
Get the Word Out
We make it easy to drum up support with our tools and tips. Get the word out early with our templated email tools. You’ll find social media suggestions in Resources. Get momentum with our fundraising tips. Friends and family will want to be part of your mission and help you reach your goal.
It Starts With You
Make a gift to yourself and set the example! It shows your heart is into it and that you’re off to a great start.
Tell Your Story
Customize your personal fund-raising page with the reason why you’re riding. Chances are, you know someone that has been affected by heart disease or stroke. The power of your personal commitment will inspire others. The more your page reﬂects you, the better!
Step 3. Ride for Life
Get psyched for CycleNation
These high-energy, celebratory events will be held at CycleBars around the country. Each session is four hours long. Get ready for your heat—your team rides in a relay and every team member gets their hour to shine. Teams can sponsor as many bikes as they want with up to eight members. There’s power in numbers—so enlist friends, family and co-workers to your cause. On your marks, get set—and go see locations, dates and times.
Step 4. Save Lives
Last year, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association funded nearly 1,000 new research projects — but we had to turn down just as many. Over the years, we’ve funded the work of 13 Nobel Prize-winning scientists. Your fundraising efforts will enable us to fund more groundbreaking new research aimed at better prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
About 80 percent of strokes are preventable. And though stroke is the No. 5 killer and a leading cause of disability in the United States, the vast majority of Americans aren’t aware of how serious a health issue it is in our nation.
These are some of the important areas where we are driving change:
Child heart defects:
More than 40,000 infants are born each year in the United States with congenital heart defects. Your efforts will help improve early detection and treatment.
Stroke symptom awareness:
Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke quickly and getting treatment can improve survival rates and lessen the effects of long-term disability. The American Stroke Association promotes awareness of the acronym F.A.S.T. (Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time to Call 911) to help spot symptoms early.
The American Heart Association advocates for mandatory CPR training in high schools. As a result of many states following our lead, more than 1.5 million teens were trained last year. Effective bystander CPR can double or triple the chance of surviving a heart attack.
Fighting obesity in America:
Education is our best tool to help fight this dangerous condition that’s rampant in America. The American Heart Association is committed to helping people live heart-healthy—and we actively advocate for better nutrition in schools.