Charlotte Cranksgiving


About Cranksgiving

Cranksgiving is an annual event occurring in many USA cities around Thanksgiving. Beginning in New York at the turn of the century, Cranksgiving is a charity bicycle ride to collect food for our neighbors in need. We started hosting Cranksgiving in 2013.

Cranksgiving 2020

This year is different. No rules, no manifests, no races….

Due to COVID-19 , this will be a drop off event instead of the group event it has been in years past.  Ride your bike to drop off your food donations on Saturday, Nov. 14 or Sunday, Nov. 15. Cash/check donations also accepted. Every $1 buys 4 lbs of food. Make checks payable to Loaves and Fishes. Your employer may match your donation.

How much food can you collect?
  • Sat, Nov 14 – Sun, Nov 15
  • Benefitting Loaves and Fishes
  • Drop off your food Sat or Sun at Charlotte Cycles – 337 Baldwin Ave. Sat from 11-5 or Sun from 1-4.   Sign up for a drop off time.

The ride is free!  You’ll need to buy your food donations.
Remember to bring a backpack, reusable bags, or some way to transport your food.  Bring your waiver.  

When you get to Charlotte Cycles, weigh your food and give us your email if you want to be entered to win a prize. We’ll have a few raffle prizes and a few prizes for fun social media posts and maybe another for most food collected (by weight). If you want to be on a team, just write in the team name and we’ll tally up the results.

Here’s the fb event.  Please share it with your friends!

#CLTCranksgiving2020 on Instagram

See past events below.

Cranksgiving 2017

  • Save the date: Sunday, Nov. 19th, 2017
  • Benefiting Loaves and Fishes
  • Time: Registration at 1:30pm, Ride/race starts at 2 pm
  • Start: Legion Brewing – 1906 Commonwealth Ave.;  Charlotte, NC 28205
  • End: Charlotte Cycles – 337 Baldwin Ave.

The ride is free!  You’ll need to bring your own cash* to buy food donations at each checkpoint.  Remember to bring a backpack or some way to transport your food and a reusable bag (if you want some bonus points).

 

Cranksgiving 2016

  • Save the date: Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2016
  • Benefiting Loaves and Fishes
  • Time: Registration at 1:30pm, Ride/race starts at 2 pm
  • Start: Legion Brewing – 1906 Commonwealth Ave.;  Charlotte, NC 28205
  • End: Charlotte Cycles – 337 Baldwin Ave.

The ride is free!  You’ll need to bring your own cash* to buy food donations at each checkpoint.  Remember to bring a backpack or some way to transport your food and a reusable bag (if you want some bonus points).

*Please note: you can apply for a sponsor to pay for the food.  We just need a couple of willing riders.

Check in at Legion, gather your manifest and set off on your bicycle on your journey to gather items to donate. You will have a two hour time limit to complete your ride or race.  Watch the Cranksgiving facebook page for updates and details.

Riders may choose to compete individually or as a group.  There will be prizes for both!

Or we’ll ride around as a group collecting the food and weigh it all at the end.  I’ll post a route shortly.

Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1135835546506334/

 

Rules:

You can choose to race (alleycat) or ride.

You can race as an individual or on a Team (up to 4).

Everyone is welcome to ride and donate food.

Our goal is 2,000 lbs of food!

 
  • Go to at least 5 stores.

  • Donate at least 5 items.

  • Earn 1 point for each item.

  • Keep all receipts

  • Return before 4 pm.

  • Remember: bring your own bags.

(1 bonus point per store).

 

Alley Cat Race Rules:

Individuals: Earn the most points (at least 15 points) within 2 hrs

 

Teams: (maximum of 4 riders):

Donate the most food (by weight) within 2 hrs

Bonus points for donations

(7 lb credit for each dollar)

 

Shopping List:  (No Glass or perishables)

  • Canned protein (peanut butter, tuna, beans, canned ham)

  • Pasta

  • Dried Beans

  • Rice

  • Lentils

  • Cereal

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned vegetables

 

About Cranksgiving

Cranksgiving is an annual event occurring in many USA cities around Thanksgiving. Beginning in New York at the turn of the century, Cranksgiving is a charity bicycle ride to collect food for our neighbors in need.

 

Cranksgiving 2015

 

November 8th, 2015

Benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank

Time: Registration at 1:30pm, Ride/race starts at 2 pm

Start: Gumbo: The Store, 1916 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 [map]

End: TBA

2014 Cranksgiving

It rained all day but a small group of 8 riders collected about 300 pounds of food.  Let’s hope for sunnier skies next year.

November 23rd, 2014

Benefiting Loaves & Fishes

Time: Registration at 1 pm, Ride/race starts at 2 pm

Start: Ecolicious, 1916 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 [map]

Finish: Comet Grill, 2224 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203 [map]

Join up on the Facebook Event page:  j.mp/crankycat

The ride is free!  You’ll need to bring your own cash to buy food donations at each checkpoint.

Check in at Ecolicious, gather your manifest and set off on your bicycle on your journey to gather items to donate to a local charity. You will have a two hour time limit to complete your tasks and finish at The Comet Grill.

Riders choose to compete individually or as a group.  There will be prizes for both!

Rules

[They’re still being updated to keep it exciting for everyone!]

Sponsors

Prizes provided by:  The Common Market, Ecolicious. Espada Bicycles, Okra Yoga Studio, & Queen City Bicycles.

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Additional donations provided by:

Beneficiary

This year, the Charlotte Cranksgiving is benefiting Loaves & Fishes, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides a week’s worth of nutritious groceries to individuals and families in a short-term crisis.

 

2013 Cranksgiving

2013 Cranksgiving Charotte Photo by WCCB
2013 Cranksgiving Charotte Photo by WCCB

The 2nd annual Charlotte Cranksgiving was organized in 2013 by Charlotte Spokes People and collected 834 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and Food Not Bombs-Charlotte, NC.

More from: Urban Velo, and WCCB.

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