The 2017 ride is OCTOBER 13th-15th.


We’re excited to reach out with some important news and big changes about this year’s registration process. Due to overwhelming interest in Nola to Angola, we have decided to implement a lottery registration process this year, which we believe will make participation in the ride more accessible and fair for everyone.

Registration will open July 1st and will close on July 9th at 11:59pm. In order to register, you must fill out the registration form at www.nolatoangola.org. For more details on the lottery registration process, please see below.

We truly wish that we could accommodate every single person who is interested in doing the ride. We increase our total number of riders gradually each year, yet retain a cutoff number because of the logistical work and safety concerns entailed in running a large, three-day, supported ride as a small, all-volunteer group. In order to better accommodate all interested riders, we are excited to announce that we’ll be planning a spring 2018 one-day ride event in New Orleans! Please stay tuned for those details later in the year.

Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns at info@nolatoangola.org.

How the lottery process will work:
–Anyone who is directly affected by incarceration will be given first priority.
–Placement on the ride will be determined by a random lottery, with spots reserved for first-time or returning riders, proportionate to the numbers of each group who register.
–You will be notified on July 11th if you were selected in the lottery, and then you will have three days to submit your $50 registration fee and sign up for an info session (to be held in July and early August).
–If you do not submit your $50 registration fee within three days, you will lose your spot.
–If you were not selected in the lottery, you will be randomly assigned a position on our waiting list, and we will notify you as we get to your name.
–For some, the ride is a challenge that only feels possible with a close friend or loved one riding alongside you. If you are planning to do the ride with another person, and only want to do the ride if that other person is also accepted, you both can register as one person. You will see this option on the registration form. The two of you together will have the same chances in the lottery as one person.
–Thanks for your support and interest!

You can read some coverage of last year’s ride from the Advocate, NOLA.comThe Gambit, and WWNO.

Want to volunteer? You can help Nola to Angola by donating to our riders, driving a support vehicle, or helping to prepare food.  Contact info@nolatoangola.org if you are interested in volunteering in any capacity!


An e-mail from a formerly incarcerated gentleman which explains how important the project is.

“Hi Duane,

No, I’m not sponsoring a particular rider. A friend of mine shared a link about it on facebook and I just wanted to contribute. As someone who’s spent a decent bit of time in jail, I know how important having a visit is. I was fortunate to never have to do real time in prison and was only incarcerated in New Orleans, where my family and friends all live. Seeing those from other parts of the state who’d been in OPP for years awaiting trial with no one able to visit because it was too far away, I support what you’re doing on a personal level. There is nothing more soul crushing than hoping to see someone you love while behind bars only to have your name go uncalled for visitation.
The fact that the majority of people in this country don’t give a shit about inmates and a lot of those same people think they should all just be exterminated altogether makes me want to move to Antarctica.
I could go on and on about this, but I’m sure you probably feel the same and therefore don’t need to hear it from me.
Thanks for doing something that can actually make a difference for these people because not many people will or care to.

He who forgets will be destined to remember.”


NOLA to Angola is a bicycle fundraiser established in 2011 to benefit the Cornerstone Builders Bus Project. Cornerstone provides free bus trips for families in New Orleans to visit their incarcerated loved ones.  For information about the bus project, please visit our page about Cornerstone.

In 2011, 25 riders cycled the 160 miles to Angola Prison over a three-day period.  The riders raised approximately $7,000 for Corner Stone, which covered the cost of six months worth of bus trips. This effort allowed roughly 400 people to travel from New Orleans to five state prisons in southeastern Louisiana.

In 2012, 34 riders biked over 168 miles to Angola over a weekend.  We raised over $14,000 for Cornerstone which covered an entire year of bus trips and has helped to increase the number of buses visiting each prison.

Here are selected photos from the 2011 ride:



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  1. Hello!

    I think this is a great fundraiser. Congratulations on doubling your funds between 2011 and 2012! I am interested in attending an information session later this summer. Please keep me updated at the email agrosslein2007@gmail.com for information sessions. Fair Grinds Cafe is highly convenient for me if there are any plans to have them there again.

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you!


    • Hello!

      Thank you very much. We had one at the park there last year due to a scheduling conflict, and we may actually go with the park again for at least one session. Do you mind if we add you to our list?

      • Yes, please add me to the list. I realized the other day that it’s August, and if I’m going to do this I need to start seriously training. Is there an information session coming up?

        Thank you!

  2. Hi I donated but it didn’t ask for which rider, not sure if it matters but wanted him to know that we support him and this rad cause.

  3. Hi,

    I donated to Marie Kerrins campaign for 25 dollars but i didn’t see a place to enter her name, could you credit it to her fundraising goals. thanks very much

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