Illini 4000 Rider Application

Join the 2015 Trek Bike America Team!

Riding with our team is a life-changing experience. Not only will you make a difference in the fight against cancer as you help to raise over $150,000 dollars for cancer research and support programs, but you will also have the opportunity to see America in a way that you have never seen it before. You will see every side of American life, from the largest of America’s cities to its most desolate areas. Along the way you will act as an advocate for cancer awareness as you interact with the members of the communities we pass through and record their experiences with cancer for the Portraits Project.

As a prospective rider, you should be aware that a project of this size requires an equally large commitment. The ride will take place over the majority of the summer of 2015, and it is expected that riders be able to participate for the entire length of the program. Riders will also be expected to help with the planning of the ride as well as participate in training throughout the academic year.

In addition to the time commitment, riders will also be expected to pay a program fee (exact amount TBD), and raise an additional $3,500 through personal pledges, fundraisers, and support from local businesses. The purpose of the program fee is to insure the success of the ride, and will help the organization to cover basic expenses including team apparel, airfare, and food.

Furthermore, as a representative of the Illini 4000 for Cancer, you will be expected to maintain the highest standards of behavior. Our purpose is to serve the cancer community and, as a charitable organization, we must protect our integrity, credibility, and accountability. We ask that you read and understand our rider behavior policy before submitting your application. Our rider behavior policy as well as all other expectations of you can be found in our sample rider contract.

Is it worth it? We know that as students it is difficult to set aside an entire summer, and that helping to raise over $150,000 dollars can be kind of intimidating. Don’t be discouraged! The Illini 4000 is a once-in-a lifetime experience, and an unforgettable way to spend a summer. If you’re ready to take the next step, fill out the following application. Expect to take about hour to fill out this application. If need be, write out your paragraph responses on Word before pasting them into the text field.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email our Director of Team Development at

We look forward to reading your application and appreciate your interest in joining the 2014 Illini 4000 Bike America Team!

- The Illini 4000 Board of Directors