Info for Riders

Note: Due to the level of interest, and limited space, we anticipate having a wait list for the 2016 ride.

This year the ride can accommodate a maximum of 40 riders.  Each rider must register, pay a $50 fee, and come to an info session (dates pending registration opening).

Riders carry basic supplies with them during the day and should have a bag/saddle bag/backpack for water, snacks, meds, and extra layers.

All other supplies will be carried in support vehicles, including tents and sleeping bags for camping, food for all meals, medical supplies, bike repair tools, and of course, the kind folks who will be providing support for the ride.

What NOLA to Angola provides for riders:

  • Spots to camp for 2 nights
  • 8 meals (lunch and dinner on Friday, 3 meals on Saturday and Sunday)
  • water
  • support vehicle in case of injury (in the emergency sense), to carry camping supplies and assist with bike repairs
  • basic first aid
  • basic bike repair tools

What you’ll need to carry as you ride:

  • a helmet (required)
  • snacks
  • a water bottle
  • patches / spare tubes.
  • rain gear

What we’ll carry for you, but which you’ll need to pack:

  • a sleeping bag
  • a tent (if you so desire)
  • toiletries
  • changes of clothing

a note from our cook:

The plan is to make all meals vegetarian.  If enough riders request we can also include fish alongside the meals, but otherwise animal products will be kept to a minimum.  Please let us know if you have food allergies, or other dietary preferences or restrictions.

Vehicle Support

The ride only goes one way. It leaves from New Orleans on Friday morning, and arrives at Angola on Sunday afternoon.  Vans and trailers will drive riders and their bikes from Angola back to New Orleans.

Smaller support vehicles will also be available for assistance along the way.  They will be on call to provide first aid, carry equipment, assist with bicycle repairs, and guide the ride through traffic if needed.

Fundraising Responsibilities

NOLA to Angola hopes to raise enough money to cover a year’s worth of bus trips through both direct sponsorship of riders and fundraising events.

Each rider is responsible for raising AT LEAST $250 before the start of our ride.

Intimidated by asking for money?  Take a look at this fantastic letter written by one of this year’s riders to their family and friends asking for support.  (letter) We also have a fundraising guide (nolatoangola) and script (script) that may assist you.

Download and use our sponsorship form for each of your sponsors, to assist our paperwork team in accounting.  Or have your sponsors fill out an online version of the form.  Both versions can be found on our sponsors page.

Sponsorship / Donation checks should be made out to: Second Zion Baptist Church Prison Bus Project

Please register to ride.  Registration checks should be made out to: Nola to Angola

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