How Cycle for Survival Works

We can’t all be doctors or cancer researchers, but riding with Cycle for Survival can raise the money that makes their work possible.

  1. 1. Register

    Become a team captain and start a team –– or register as a member of an existing team. Another option is to go "Extreme" and ride the entire four hours on your own bike.

    Take action against rare cancers.

    Join the Battle
  2. 2. Raise Money

    Set an ambitious goal and start fundraising. It’s easier than you think, and we’ve got helpful tips to get you started. Remember: 100% of the donations directly fund rare cancer research, so every dollar counts.

    Get fundraising tips
  3. 3. Ride!

    Cycle for Survival is an indoor team cycling event that’s both emotionally and physically exhilarating. Be part of an amazing day while knowing you are making a tangible impact for cancer patients and their loved ones.

    Find out where to ride

Step 1


You can ride on a team or you can go Extreme. Whatever you choose, you’re riding for an important cause. Thank you!

Start a Team

Every team needs a strong captain to lead the charge. Simply pick your location, register your team, and then recruit friends, family, and co-workers to join. Each team member will register separately as part of your team by using the password you give them. You can recruit up to eight riders per bike (minimum of four riders). Team captains are responsible for who rides when during the team’s four-hour session.

Join a Team

To join a team, you have to be invited by a captain. If someone you know has started a Cycle for Survival team, ask them for the team password so you can register.

Go Extreme

Rather than ride with a team, you have your own bike for four hours! The minimum fundraising requirement for Extreme riders is $4,000.


Get your company involved too! Check out Corporate for Survival.

Step 2

Raise Money

100% of the money raised goes directly to cancer research, so every dollar benefits patients. To help each team raise and surpass the required $1,000 per bike, we created tips to help you reach your goals. Aim high!

Start Early

The earlier you start fundraising, the more time you’ll have to reach (and surpass) your fundraising goal!

Make a Gift to Yourself

Lead by example and give your fundraising thermometer an immediate boost by making a gift to your ride!

Customize Your Fundraising Page

Once you register, edit your personal fundraising page in your Cycle Center. Replace the standard message with a personal story about why you're riding. Add an inspirational photo or video.

Step 3


There is nothing like Cycle for Survival. Experience the tremendous energy, unity and determination at our rides. We’re in the fight to beat rare cancers together. Join the Battle.

Ride at a Cycle for Survival Event

Rides are held at Equinox, Cycle for Survival’s Founding Partner, at locations across the country. Team captains pick a location and reserve enough bikes for their team. Team members share the four-hour session, which is led by top Equinox indoor cycling instructors. You can pedal hard or hardly pedal—no experience necessary! All events take place in February and March.

See the event locations, dates and times
Create Your Own Event

If you’re unable to make it to one of our Cycle for Survival rides, you can create your own satellite event. You can cycle or choose any activity anywhere, anytime you want.

For more information, please contact Ashton Hospodar at


50% of people with cancer are battling a rare cancer.

$51.5 million has been raised by Cycle for Survival since 2007 to beat rare cancers.

400 subtypes of cancer are treated at MSKCC.

Cycle for Survival makes a difference


of people with cancer are battling a rare cancer.


has been raised by Cycle for Survival since 2007 to beat rare cancers.


subtypes of cancer are treated each year at MSKCC.

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