Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here is a list of frequently asked questions about MDBR. We hope you find this information helpful. If you have more specific questions that you would like answered, please contact us at

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Day of the Event

Can I pre-register before June 8th?

Yes, pre-registration will be available. Details will be posted soon.

Can I register to be a cyclist on the day of the event?

Yes, but walk-up registration on day of the event will be cash or check only.

Can I tow a child trailer on the ride?

Sadly, due to safety concerns, no trailers are permitted.

Do I need to be able to change my own flat tires?

While being able to change your own flat will prevent you from having to wait for assistance, it is not necessary. However, be sure to stop at your local shop and pick up 1-2 inner tubes that are the proper size for your bike. Additionally, if you carry CO2 or a frame pump, don’t forget it!

I’m from out of town. Where can I eat in University City?

For a list of restaurants around University City, please go to

Should I take food and water with me on my ride?

We suggest you have two full water bottles, as well as an easy to eat snack. While rest stops will provide food and water, they will not have extra water bottles at them, and it can never hurt to have an extra snack to keep you fueled in between aide stations.

Water will be available at the ice rink/start line to fill your bottles before the ride.

What happens if I choose the 72 mile route and I don’t make the time cut offs?

Riders who don’t make the first time cut off will be sent onto the 34 mile route. Riders who don’t make the second one (which is at mile 26) will be able to pick the route up and ride back to the start/finish, giving them a total of 52 miles. Riders who don’t make the last time cut off will be picked up by SAG support and brought back to the start/finish area. Please note – this is to ensure everyone’s’ safety and make sure all riders are off the course before signage has to be taken down.

What happens if I get too tired to finish the route I’ve selected?

Riders will be given a SAG support number to call before they leave the start/finish area. Anyone who needs a ride can simply call the number and a member of our SAG support crew will be happy to pick you up and get you back to the start/finish area.

What happens if there is inclement weather on the day of the ride?

This is a rain or shine event. Cyclists assume their own risk if they chose to ride in inclement weather. We ask that all cyclists please use best judgment when deciding whether or not to ride. In the event of thunder or lightning, first seek shelter then call for SAG support to pick you up (number to be provided) or wait until the thunder/lightning stops to continue riding. There will be no refunds granted.

What is a good time to arrive?

We recommended arriving and parking your car by 6:30am to ensure ample time for registration, bike tune-ups and team photos.

Where can I park during the event?

Parking is free during the day of the event, courtesy of Penn Parking, at the following locations:

Download Parking Lot Map

31st & Lower Walnut Sts.
GPS Coordinates:39.95129,-75.185232
To access Penn Park parking lot, travel east on Chestnut Street, turn right onto 31st Street, proceed to the end of the block and turn left, then parking lot entrance is immediately on the right. Handicapped parking will be available in Penn Park lot and at limited capacity in a private lot adjacent to the event.

Ludlow St. (south side) between 33rd and 34th Sts.
GPS Coordinates: 39.954819,-75.189972

N.E. corner of 34th and Chestnut Sts. (Enter from Chestnut St.)
GPS Coordinates:39.95439,-75.191345

Which route do you recommend if I am new to cycling or haven’t ridden a bike in several years?

We recommend the 13 mile route, which will still provide you with great views, good company, and a great sense of accomplishment.

Will there be food available?

Yes, we will have food and beverage available in the ice rink for all cyclists and volunteers.


How can I add check, bank wire, or stock transfer donations in my Giving Page?

For any check, bank wire, or stock transfer that’s sent directly to the University, the fundraiser managing their Giving Page should add the transaction manually to the page by logging into their Giving Page and clicking on “Enter Donation by Check” in the upper right corner to reflect check donations in the honor roll and thermometer.

How can I donate via wire transfer?

To wire a donation to the Million Dollar Bike Ride, please send to:
Wells Fargo Bank N.A.
420 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94101

ABA Routing #: 121-000-248
CHIPS: 0407

Account Name: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania – Gifts Accounting
Account Number: 2000030009956
Reference: MDBR – Disease Team Name – Donor Name
(ex. “MDBR – PSODR – Ben Franklin”)


How can I generate donation reports for my campaign?

Log in to your Penn Giving Pages account. Under Donation Reports, fill in the appropriate parameters to generate reports about donations made towards your campaign.

How do I find out if my company will match a gift to Penn?

Your donation to Penn may multiply in value with a gift match. Many employers will match charitable contributions made by an employee, or an employee’s spouse or partner. Consult your employer’s HR office to find out your company’s matching gifts policy and obtain forms. Penn’s matching gifts database contains data on many companies that match gifts. You can also call the Matching Gifts Program at (215) 898-5069 or e-mail for information on matching gifts eligibility and procedures.

Visit this page for details on Matching Gifts: If your company only uses paper matching gift forms, please complete the form and send it with your donation check to:

Matching Gifts Program
433 Franklin Building
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6285

Please note: some matching gift companies only match quarterly. Many of these funds will come in after the ride is completed.

How do I see who is registered for the bike ride?

To see the cyclist registration list, browse to the registration page. Click “Riders List.” This will open a new window with the names of the registered cyclists who did not check the “Please do not show name on the rider list” option during registration.

How many Giving Pages can I make?

Cyclists are free to create as many Giving Pages as desired. For example, a team captain might want to make a Giving Page for his entire team, as well as an individual Giving Page for a specific group of donors to access.

If I have an existing Penn Giving Page from last year’s MDBR, do I still have to create a new one?

If you have an existing Giving Page from last year’s MDBR, you are free to update that page and use it for this year. Alternatively, you can start fresh and create a new Giving Page.

What forms of payment are accepted by the Penn Giving Page?

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We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.

For any check, bank wire, or stock transfer that’s sent directly to the University, the fundraiser managing their Giving Page should add the transaction manually to the page by logging into their Giving Page and clicking on “Enter Donation by Check” in the upper right corner to reflect check donations in the honor roll and thermometer.

What is Penn’s federal Tax ID number?

The University of Pennsylvania’s Tax ID Number is 23-1352685.

Where can I find the custom URL for my Giving Page?
Step 1: Log in to your Penn Giving Pages.

Step 2: Click the fourth tab, Edit (Campaign Name)

Step 3: On the top right corner, click Edit descriptions and goals

Step 4: A popup will appear with your custom URL

Who do I write my check to?

All donations via check for the Million Dollar Bike Ride should be made payable to:

Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations
3535 Market Street, Suite 750
Philadelphia, PA 19104
ATTN: Brian Lewis

All checks must be mailed with this form. If donors are writing checks on a cyclist’s behalf, those checks should be mailed directly by the cyclist, and listed on this form.