2021 Gear Up Florida & Journey of Hope

Regional Team Training

What is RTT?

Regional Team Training is a weekend to put your skills to the test, meet other team members from nearby chapters, and learn even more about your trip from our network of Pi Alpha facilitators.  Every cyclist is required to attend a Regional Team Training weekend. We host locations around the country between late February, the month of March or early April to accommodate everyone. 

Please check back on this page as more details will be announced in November . (Updated: 09/02/20)

COVID-19 and RTT’s

Our traditional Regional Team Training structure has been modified to follow federal, state, and local guidance for each weekend. Cyclists will be required to attend one of the weekends and complete the necessary online material to satisfy the Regional Team Training requirement. This decision was made in support of multiple universities’ guidance and as a preventative measure with our students’ health and safety being a top priority.


Where and When?

Florida- FEBRUARY 26-28


Colorado- MARCH 12-14


California- MARCH 12-14


North Carolina- MARCH 19-21


Texas- MARCH 19-21


Ohio- MARCH 19-21


Alabama- MARCH 26-28


Connecticut- MARCH 26-28 


Indiana- MARCH 26-28


What should I expect?

  • Start: 7 p.m. on Friday  |  End: 1 p.m. on Sunday  |  Schedules may vary depending on location and available arrival times.
  • Final instructions and details will be emailed to attendees approximately two weeks prior to each event.
  • All RTTs will be led by an experienced cycling coach/facilitator
  • On the Bike Learning:
    • Bike inspection and simple maintenance techniques
    • Skills & Drills to navigate various riding situations
    • Saturday Group Ride: Practice the situational awareness concepts learned in the classroom (30-40 miles)
    • Sunday Group Ride: Continued concept practice with distance (30-40 miles)
  • Group discussions/ride debriefs with cycling coaches
  • Team members are responsible for own travel expenses, but lodging is provided.
  • The following meals will be provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own snacks:
    • Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • Sunday: Breakfast and Lunch to-go
  • Crew members are encouraged to attend, but not required.

Record your rides at RTT to get credit for verified miles in TrainingPeaks

General Schedule (Will vary by location)

*Schedule will be posted in October

How should I prepare?

  1. Train! When you show up to RTT, you should be confident on the bike and ready to demonstrate your fitness and skill. Visit the Training Center for help.
  2. Complete your League of American Cyclists Traffic Safety 101 Course and Safety Test, as well as other all other requirements listed in your Participant Center.
  3. Confirm your attendance to your Regional Director during your January monthly call.

What should I pack?

Lodging Requirements (Accommodations will vary at each location)
  • Bedding (sleeping bag or blanket)
  • Pillow
  • Towel (Showers provided)
  • Toiletries
  • Sandals and/or Athletic Shoes
  • Appropriate clothing for dinner and evening programming
Cycling Requirements
  • Road Style Bicycle
  • Clip-In Pedals & Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle (1 required, 2 preferred)
  • Saddle Bag
  • Multi-tool
  • Tire Irons (2 preferred)
  • Extra Tubes (2 preferred)
  • CO2 Cartridge or Frame Pump
  • Cycling Computer
  • Cycling Shorts
  • Cycling Jersey or Athletic Shirt
  • Pack your own snacks for bike rides!
Cycling Recommendations
  • Check the weather!
  • Outerwear (Long sleeves, compression leggings, gloves, ear covers, etc.)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Bicycle Floor Pump
  • Cycling Gloves
  • Snacks

What if I can’t make it?

Notify your Regional Director that you will NOT be able to attend and provide a valid excuse. The following excuses are not acceptable: Campus or fraternity events, upcoming exams, transportation, vacations or other travel plans. Any cyclist who is unable to attend must complete the following items instead.

Alternative RTT Requirements

Attend a Live Virtual Training

  1. Sign up for one of the three live training dates. This training will last 2 hours.
  2. You must attend live and have access to a laptop/phone with a camera to participate in video discussion. (This is separate from the regular monthly training videos)

Tire Change (Take a photo of each step using rear wheel) – Due TBD

  1. Use tire lever(s) to loosen one side of the tire
  2. Completely remove the tube from tire/wheel
  3. Put the tube back in and begin to reseed tire in the wheel without pinching the tube
  4. When complete, inflate to recommended PSI indicated on your tire

Need help? You can use this video for instructions.

2 20+miles Rides outside – Due TBD

  1. Due to Covid-19 updates, we have adjusted the group ride requirement.
  2. Cyclists must complete two outdoor rides of 20+ miles (and submitted on TrainingPeaks) to gain credit for this requirement.
  3. Record each ride, take a screenshot of ride map/data, and upload file to TrainingPeaks

Recap – How To Get Credit

  1. Sign up and Attend Live RTT Virtual Training Session
  2. Submit photos of tire change and group rides HERE (Due TBD)
  3. Complete 2 outdoor rides of 20+ miles and upload data to TrainingPeaks (due TBD).

Questions or concerns? Please contact teamservices@abilityexperience.org.