About 2nd Annual Bridges of Hope

The 2nd Annual UHCCF Bridges of Hope Ride, presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies 


July 2nd, 2021 Announcement: Event Postponed to 2022

The 2nd Annual UHCCF Bridges of Hope Ride, the Official Chairman’s Ride of the Maryland Cycling Classic (MCC), is being postponed until 2022 to align with the MCC postponed announced earlier today.


“From the beginning, our aspirations have been a world-class professional cycling race in the state of Maryland,” said event Chairman John Kelly, a Baltimore-area business leader and President of Kelly Benefits Strategies. “You only have one chance to make a first impression, and we want to do things right. There are multiple factors in this difficult decision, mainly hinging on challenges post COVID from course development to guarantees of international athletes into the country. We will be back in 2022.”

All riders will be fully refunded, including the registration fee.

Details about the Maryland Cycling Classic postponement announcement can be found here.

Stay tuned for details on how to sign up for the 2022 event.


With any questions regarding the 2nd Annual UHCCF Bridges of Hope Ride postponement, please email

thanh_t_christianson@uhg.com

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Join the 2nd Annual UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) Bridges of Hope Ride presented by Kelly Benefits Strategies on Saturday September 4, 2021. The ride will start and end at Kelly Benefits Strategies, headquarters in Sparks, Maryland. Riders will have the option of choosing the 100 kilometer (62.5miles) course or the 50 kilometers (31 miles) course.  The Bridges of Hope Ride is also the “Chairman’s Ride” for the Maryland Cycling Classic (MCC) presented by UnitedHealthcare, a one-day international cycling race sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling. As a key part of the MCC weekend, the UHCCF Bridges of Hope Ride provides cycling enthusiasts with the opportunity to ride some of the course to be used by the MCC pros. 


For more information on the Maryland Cycling Classic and Weekend Festivities visit the
 Maryland Cycling Classic website.

REGISTER HERE


  • In-Person Rider (100k or 50k options):
    • Registration fee is $100 (non-refundable).
    • Each rider is required to fundraise a minimum of $500.
    • Please note: if you are unable to raise the full amount by Tuesday, August 24, 2021, the credit card you registered with will be run for the remaining balance. 
    • Register by July 1, 2021 to receive a specially designed Athlos Jersey (to be shipped direct to you) to wear on the event date. Registering after July 1, 2021 does not guarantee your jersey will be shipped and received by the event date. 
  • Virtual Rider:
    • Registration fee is $50 (non-refundable).
    • Fundraising is not required but is encouraged.


Final Routes:

50K (54.8K/34.1mi) 817m/2682ft of climbing

Rest Stops at

  • 21k/13mi (Monkton Refillery)
  • 41k/25.8mi (Veloccino)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35912429

100k (99.5k/61.8mi) 1591m/5220ft of climbing

Rest Stops at

  • 21k/13mi (Monkton Refillery)
  • 41k/25.8mi (Veloccino)
  • 64k/40mi (Prettyboy Boat landing)
  • 86k/53.5mi (Veloccino)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35912644


Rider Fundraising Appreciation Levels: 

All levels include a guest to attend the UHCCF Bridges of Hope Ride After Party featuring food, drink, music, and more. Additional guests are available for $50/person. Click here for more information on Appreciation Levels. 

  • Standard Level ($500 - $999): Specially designed Athlos Jersey, one (1) ticket to the Maryland Cycling Classic Saturday Night Prologue.                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Tier I ($1,000 - $2,499): Specially designed Athlos Jersey, two (2) tickets to the Maryland Cycling Classic Saturday Night Prologue, two (2) tickets to the General Admission Hospitality area at the Maryland Cycling Classic on Sunday. 

  • Tier II ($2,500 - $4,999): Specially designed Athlos Jersey, three (3) tickets to the Maryland Cycling Classic Saturday Night Prologue, three (3) tickets to the General Admission Hospitality area at the Maryland Cycling Classic on Sunday, one (1) ticket to Maryland Cycling Classic Friday Night Prologue Team Presentation.

  • Tier III ($5,000 - $9,999): Specially designed Athlos Jersey, four (4) tickets to the Maryland Cycling Classic Saturday Night Prologue, four (4) tickets to the General Admission Hospitality area at the Maryland Cycling Classic on Sunday, two (2) tickets to Maryland Cycling Classic Friday Night Prologue Team Presentation, and an Official Maryland Cycling Classic Cycling/Weather Jacket. 
     
  • Tier IV ($10,000+): Specially designed Athlos Jersey, six (6) tickets to the Maryland Cycling Classic Saturday Night Prologue, six (6) tickets to the General Admission Hospitality area to the Maryland Cycling Classic on Sunday, four (4) tickets to Maryland Cycling Classic Friday Night Prologue Team Presentation, an Official Maryland Cycling Classic Cycling/Weather Jacket, and a two (2) night stay (9/3/21 -  9/4/21) at the MCC Headquarters Hotel, Marriott Baltimore Waterfront. Additionally, the top three fundraisers over $10K+ are eligible for the VIP Caravan Ride Experience (2-3 hours) in the Maryland Cycling Classic on Sunday.


COMPANY MATCH:

Did you know that as an employee of UnitedHealth Group, your donation (not including registration fees) to UHCCF is eligible for matching? That means your fundraising dollars will help make TWICE the impact for helping fund medical grants for kids. To request a match, visit the UHG Request a Match tool (note: you will be asked to upload your donation receipt). IMPORTANT!! Please ensure you indicate UHCCF Bridges of Hope Ride 2021 in the note field at the bottom of the match donation request as this will ensure your match is applied to the appropriate event. Once the match has been requested, to have your match applied to your fundraising page, please send a request with documentation to thanh_t_christianson@uhg.com or paruj.acharya@uhc.com.

After submitting your match request, an Employee Giving Administrator will review the submission and provide confirmation of approval or request additional information.

Non-UHG employees - Does your employer match your contribution to UHCCF? Check Here! https://doublethedonation.com/uhccf

The safety of guests is of utmost priority to UHCCF and we are committed to doing all we can to assure an enjoyable, safe event for all. UHCCF will adhere to state guidelines on gatherings and is partnering with our venue to apply appropriate safety and health precautions around social distancing and food service.  We appreciate your continued support.

Date

Starts at:  September 4, 2021 6:00 AM
Ends at:  September 4, 2021 3:00 PM

Location

Kelly Benefits Strategies
1 Kelly Way
Sparks,MD 21152 USA

Contact

Thanh Christianson
thanh_t_christianson@uhg.com

Founder's Story

Launched for the first time in 2019, the Bridges of Hope Ride is an annual cycling event that raises funds for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, which improves the lives of children by helping families gain access to the care they need through medical grants. Taking place on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend (September 4, 2021), the Bridges of Hope Ride is also the “Chairman’s Ride” for the Maryland Cycling Classic (MCC) presented by UnitedHealthcare, a one-day international cycling race sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling. As a key part of the MCC weekend, the Bridges of Hope Ride provides cycling enthusiasts with a chance to ride some of the course to be used by the MCC pros, gain access to special MCC perks, and support a national charity. Set in picturesque Northern Baltimore County, the course takes riders on quiet roads over scenic bridges, streams, and waterways. This challenging ride offers routes of 50 and 100 kilometers, is supported and gently led by both pro and amateur cycling teams, and closes with a post-ride celebration featuring food, drinks, and live music.

Salma's Story - 2021 UHCCF Grant Ambassador, Northeast

Meet Salma:

Salma was diagnosed with spastic paraplegia at the age of three.  Since then, Salma has been involved in extensive physical and occupational therapies to help her to improve her neurological functions and as well as to help her to adjust to life in a wheelchair.

UHCCF’s multiple medical grants have helped pay for the costly therapy copays, the wheelchair and injections to treat spasticity in her legs. Alongside of the financial impacts, the grant has also helped Salma’s confidence. She has developed great relationships with the therapy staff and her community, a hugely impactful and empowering feeling for this five-year-old.

Thanks to our generous sponsors