The Victory Ride to Cure Cancer: It’s more than a joy ride.

Whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, casual or first-time cyclist, we’ve got you covered with a distance and route that’s right for you. No matter what distance you choose, we all ride united toward victory over cancer.

Overview map of the 100-, 60- and 30-mile routes.

Start Times and Age Requirements

The Start and Finish lines, as well as the Festival site, are all located at one site on the NC State Centennial Campus. Rider check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. Please note that all Riders should be checked in by 7:45 a.m. to be ready for the Opening Ceremony by 8:00 a.m. We recommend that riders arrive at the site no later than 7:00 a.m., if you still need to check in. If you go to Packet Pick-Up on Wednesday, May 16, and are ready to ride, we recommend you arrive no later than 7:30 a.m. to park, check your gear and be at the start line on time.

Event Day Schedule

6:30 a.m. – Rider Check-In/Registration Opens
8:00 a.m. — Opening Ceremony

Following the Opening Ceremony, riders will be released in waves in the following order: 100-mile riders, 60-mile riders, 30-mile riders, Family Ride riders.

The 1-mile Family Ride course, which is closed to traffic, will remain open until 10:30 a.m. so riders can do multiple loops.

All riders and guests are invited to relax and enjoy food and beverages at the festival site.

10:30 a.m. – Festival site opens
11:00 a.m. – Food & beverage tents open for meal & alcohol service
4:30 p.m. – Route closes and last call for drinks and food at the festival site
5:00 p.m. – Festival site closes

Family Ride: Is cycling a family affair? All ages can enjoy the fun on the Family Ride. The Family Ride is a 1-mile closed course that starts and ends at NC State University’s Centennial Campus.

Virtual Ride: If you want to put an end to cancer, but can’t join us on ride day, or if you love a spin class more than you do riding your bike on the open road, or if you want to ride across the U.S. on your stationary bike, then the Virtual Ride was made just for you!

Virtual riders train on their own schedule and determine their own mileage, but they don’t plan to join us on Ride Day. Even so, they are an integral part of the Victory Ride community, and they are heroes taking a stand against cancer. If your plans change, and you want to be with us on Ride Day, let us know by contacting us at info@thevictoryride.org.

Are you age 13-17? We would love to have you join us! You will need to be accompanied by a registered adult riding the same distance during the Victory Ride, so this is a great chance to recruit your parents or an older relative.

Are you age 12 or younger? If you are 12 or younger, we would love to have you join us on the Family Ride or the Virtual Ride!

For information about fundraising minimums, view our Fundraising Basics.

Route Overview

Victory Ride 100-Mile Route and Elevation Gain*
The 100-mile route takes us on a scenic tour of the Triangle, starting in the heart of NC State University’s Centennial Campus. From there, we’ll head west through the campus toward Umstead State Park, where we’ll track north in a slow, steady incline along a tree-lined route. We will head west with long stretches of smooth riding through Research Triangle Park that will lead to the best climb of the day as we reach “The Hill” and take a quick spin around Chapel Hill. Next is a cool ride through the woods and a brief cruise through Durham. In the latter half of the ride, we will tour gorgeous Falls Lake State Recreation Area, where we’ll enjoy miles and miles of uninterrupted peddling featuring the best of North Carolina’s scenic beauty. In the home stretch, we’ll ride through the old, secluded neighborhoods and slightly undulating hills along the northern and eastern edges of Raleigh before heading back into NC State’s Centennial Campus for a post-ride celebration including food, drinks and music.

Victory Ride 60-Mile Route and Elevation Gain*
The 60-mile route takes us along the beautiful by-ways of greater Raleigh, starting in the heart of NC State University’s Centennial Campus. We’ll head west through the campus toward Umstead State Park, where we’ll track north in a slow, steady incline along a tree-lined route. From there, we will travel farther north to the gorgeous Falls Lake State Recreation Area, where we will enjoy miles and miles of uninterrupted peddling featuring the best of North Carolina’s scenic beauty. In the home stretch, we’ll ride through the old, secluded neighborhoods and slightly undulating hills along the northern and eastern edges of Raleigh before heading back into campus for a post-ride celebration including food, drinks and music.

Victory Ride 30-Mile Route and Elevation Gain*
The 30-mile route features forested riding, modest inclines and beautiful, old neighborhoods. We’ll begin in the heart of NC State University’s Centennial Campus. We’ll head west through the campus toward Umstead State Park, where we will track north in a slow steady incline along a shaded, tree-lined route. Turning back toward the east, we’ll ride through the old, secluded neighborhoods and slightly undulating hills along the northern and eastern edges of Raleigh before heading back into campus for a post-ride celebration including food, drinks and music.

*Routes are not yet final and are subject to change; route distances may vary. The minimum age for the 100-, 60- and 30-mile rides is 13.