Frequently Asked Questions
Every year, we decide where to direct the funds. The first year, JDRF was the beneficiary. The second year, we decided to help the clinic that was instrumental in helping us and our son Lukas understand, learn, manage, function and progress with this disease. The 2020 Ride benefitted the Youth Diabetic Clinic at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre. The 2021 Ride directs funds to the same clinic again.
In honour of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, we are eliminating the registration fee and replacing it with a $100.00 entrance fee that will be a direct charitable donation to the Youth Diabetic Clinic at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and eligible for a tax receipt. As we are trying to raise funds, this amount is a minimum entry fee and participants can elect to donate more at their discretion. It eliminates the request we have had in the past for participants to fundraise individually.
- Volunteers will guide you to the parking lot.
- We are allowed entry to the chalet but here are the requirements:
- Proof of double vaccination no later than September 12th.
- If not double vaccinated or later then the 12th, proof of negative Covid test after September 24th.
- Your ID.
- Registration is inside with the above requirements. If you do not have the above requirement, you will be registered outside the main door of the chalet.
- Masks are optional outside unless you are unvaccinated then it is mandatory at all times unless cycling on the road.
- We will have group starts at dedicated times for each route. Please maintain social distancing from those not in your immediate familiar circle.
- Riding groups limited to 8 riders.
- At the Rest Stop (55+ and 100K routes) the volunteers will handle the water pumps and food to provide to the riders.
- Truck drivers will wear masks if riders are in the vehicles.
As we are planning within potential restrictions, each participant will receive a lunch bracelet upon registration. The Heights kitchen will prepare individual boxed lunches to be handed to participants at the finish.
This is NOT a race. Riders are obligated to ride respecting traffic rules including stop signs, slowing down for railroad crossings, maximum 2 riders abreast (if more than 3 riders), wearing a helmet. We highly recommend having a white light on the front and a red light on the back of your bike at all time, even if the event takes place during daytime.
Ontario Cycling Association guidelines for sanctioned mass cycling participation events dictates cycling groups should be limited to 8 cyclists.
There will be a sweep vehicle driving behind the last rider of each route in case a rider cannot continue due to physical / health issues or a mechanical problem unable to be fixed on the road.
Odyssey Medical will provide first aid services for the event this year. They will have a crew at the Heights chalet and another to head to an injured rider on course.
Friends and family members are highly encouraged to come and support riders. Along the routes, on the climbing sections, at rest stations and at the finish line, the more energy and cheering supporters the better atmosphere it is for all participants.
Sunday September 26th 2021.
It will start and finish at the Heights Ski and Country Club, 1106 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Barrie, Ontario.
The road routes are challenging. The shortest road route, the 25K, is still quite hilly. Please be assured all riders can ride hilly roads for up to 2 hours.
Yes they are.
You can use the change rooms at the Heights Ski Club.
There is only one rest station available to the 50K and 100K riders. Unfortunately, due to limitations in route volunteers, we have taken the 25K rest station away for this year. Only the volunteers at the rest station will handle the water pump and electrolyte powder for the riders.
There will be a port-a-potty at the rest station.
Each route will have a well identified vehicle following the last rider until that rider rolls in at the finish. They can pick you up and give you a ride back with your bike.
Enjoy your time out there. There is a sweep vehicle behind the last rider. However, you should be back before 2pm to enjoy lunch.
25K: Although not too long, it still has a few hills that will take some effort. Plan approximately 1 to 2 hours depending on individual pace.
55+K: That's last year's 50K but returning on 15-16th Sideroad to get people off Old Barrie Road. Plan about 2-3 hours depending on individual pace.
100K: Same route as last year. Some elite riders were finishing in under 4 hours but plan 3:45-5.5 hours depending on individual pace.