Make an Impact
The dollars you raise for the Closer to Free Ride will directly support patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Smilow is Southern New England’s premiere cancer hospital and the Ride is our signature fundraising event. You can learn more about Smilow and Yale Cancer Center by clicking here.
Join Our Community
Our riders and volunteers are passionate about our cause and the incredible work that’s done every day at Smilow Cancer Hospital. And they’re passionate about cycling, health and fitness and being a part of a supportive and motivated community. From our training rides to social gatherings, you’ll meet amazing people who will ultimately come together for one spectacular day on September 8.
See the Sights
All three of our routes (25, 65 and 100 miles) have been designed for safety and the best rider experience. But they’ve also been designed to help you see the beauty of Southern Connecticut from the best seat in the house: your bike. From rolling hills to old growth forests, scenic farmland to seaside villages, the Closer to Free Ride will astound you with its unique beauty and diversity.
Get a Little TLC
The Closer to Free Ride has been called the “best organized ride in Connecticut.” And for good reason: our caring Staff, Volunteers and Road Crew will take excellent care of you from mile one through the finish line. Clear route cues and signage, lots of food and drink and efficient SAG when you need it will help you leave the worrying behind and focus on the miles ahead.
From the stirring Opening Ceremony to the triumphant Finish Line at the Yale Bowl, you’ll be inspired at every turn. You’ll ride with people who have survived cancer and those riding in honor of someone they’ve lost to the disease. Laughter, tears, cheers and a true feeling of accomplishment all come standard on the Closer to Free Ride.
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