How Cycle for Survival Works

  • Team

    1. Register

    Become a team captain and start a team—or register as a member of an existing team that you've been invited to join. Teams have 4-8 riders per bike.

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  • Raise Money

    2. Raise Money

    Each bike has a minimum fundraising requirement of $1,000, but the average team raises $5,000 per bike.

    Get Fundraising Tips

  • Ride

    3. Ride

    Each ride includes four back-to-back 50-minute sessions. Team members ride relay-style sharing a stationary bike.

    View all 2018 rides

  • Research

    4. Research

    100% of every dollar raised goes directly to rare cancer research led by MSK within six months of the events.

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How Cycle for Survival Works - Step 1

You can ride on a team or you can go Extreme. Whichever you choose, ask friends, family, and colleagues to join too. You’re riding for an important cause!

Start a Team
Every team needs a strong captain to lead the charge. Simply pick a location and shift, register your team, and then recruit friends, family, and colleagues to join you. Each bike has a minimum fundraising  requirement of $1,000, and a minimum of four and maximum of eight riders. Team members will register individually by using the team password provided to them by the team captain, who is also responsible for assigning specific event day ride times.

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 him or her for the team password so you can register. If you don’t have a team to join, contact us.

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

10,181 participants rode on corporate teams in 2017. Get your company involved!

Raise Money

Aim high! 100% of the money raised funds cancer research, so every dollar benefits patients. If you need help asking for support—our tips will get you started. And we’re always available to help!

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
Edit your personal fundraising page in your Participant Center right away. The fight to beat rare cancers is personal to each of us, and we highly recommend that you replace the standard message with a personal story about why you're riding. You can also take it a step further by adding a personal photo or video.

The average team raises $5,000 per bike. Our fundraising tips will help!


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!

Ride at Cycle for Survival
Thanks to our founding partner, Equinox, rides are held across the country every February and March. Team captains pick a location, a four-hour shift, and reserve anywhere from 1-4 bikes for their team. Team members ride relay-style, sharing a stationary bike for four 50-minute cycling sessions. Top Equinox indoor cycling instructors lead each session. You can pedal hard or hardly pedal—no experience necessary! (But you must be 18 to participate.)
See event locations, dates and times  >

Create Your Own Fundraiser
If you’re unable to join us at a Cycle for Survival ride, you can create your own event anywhere in the world. You can cycle or choose any activity, any time of year. For more information, please contact

Equinox is Cycle for Survival’s founding partner.


100% of every dollar raised goes directly to rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering within six months of the events.

Every Dollar Fights Back
Cycle for Survival is determined to beat rare cancers by powering groundbreaking research. Over 100 clinical trials, research studies, and major research initiatives have been funded by Cycle for Survival.

Memorial Sloan Kettering
MSK is one of the top cancer hospitals in the country and a world leader in research. The strong collaboration between MSK physicians and researchers uniquely positions the hospital to provide the most effective and impactful treatment options to cancer patients around the world, while changing how we treat and understand cancer.

More than $180 million has been raised for rare cancer research.

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 Memorial Sloan Kettering.