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It's Never Too Early to Think about 2016!

Please take 5 minutes to read this page (and also our FAQ if you haven't already) prior to starting the application process.

  • Rider Applications for 2016 riders will be available on November 1, 2015. 
  • Applications for Trip Leaders will be available on October 15.
  • For the 2016 year, we'll accept applications for riders that are no older than 26 as of May 1st, 2016.  We accept leaders as old as 29 as of May 1st. Here's why. The minimum age for riders is 18 by the first day of Trip Orientation. Please note: we have raised the age limits by one year for 2016. This will allow more young adults to participate in B&B.
  • Interested in being a Trip Leader? Bike & Build is always on the lookout for exceptional young adults to fill our leadership positions, four per route. Learn more on the Leadership Opportunities page.
  • Please allow 2-3 business days for us to process your application when you apply. We're a small staff that stays pretty busy.
  • BIKE & BUILD IS NOT A PROFESSIONALLY LED CYCLING TOUR.  Some days you will have amazing overnight accommodations and meals.  Some days you will not.  Some days you will shower with a hose.  Some days you will get lost.  Some days are going to be absolutely amazing.  Others will not be.  In the end it is all worth it though.  Trust us (and 2500+ other alums).
    • Keeping this in mind, please understand that ANY sort of special diet (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc) will be harder to accomodate. Not impossible, but it will take extra work, understanding and flexibility on your end.
  • Trips fill at different rates each year. It's best to get your application in during the lottery period in early November to maximize your chances of getting the trip you want.
  • Dates for future years are not yet finalized until the spring before trips begin. Dates will change slightly from year-to-year, though most likely not very significantly. 
  • YES! You can apply with friends. After you create your account and login you will an option to select your partners (up to 2). Please note they need to already have created a current application to appear in the system.

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How To Apply 

This is a wicked easy 3 step process. **The online section for Leader applications opens 10/15, rider applications opens 11/1 @ 12:00:00 AM ET.**  Apply as a rider between 11/1 and 11:59PM ET on 11/9 to be entered in the lottery for your first choice trip.  After that time trips are first come, first serve.

  1. Download the 2015 Rider Applicaton (pdf, 115kb) to see what last year's application looked like. Fill out the forms, print and sign.
  2. Create your online account in our system. 
    • Have you ever applied with us before or done a trip? Even if you did nothing besides the online form we already have your info! Login to your account here, and look for the "Apply for a Summer Trip" link. If you forgot the password for your previous account you can reset it here.
    • For completely NEW registrations (never registered in our system before at all) use this link: B&B Online Application.
  3. Login to our website with your handy new B&B account and upload the forms to the appropriate sections. Don't forget to write a short 400ish word bio and upload a picture for your future rider profile page! 
  4. This step doesn't exist. It was a 3 step process, remember?

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