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. All future rides benefit the Youth Diabetic Clinic at the Royal Victoria Health Centre.
The registration fee is $75 this year. This allows us to coordinate, organize and deliver a fantastic event to all participants. It allows us to make it safe and fun.
Participants will receive a branded water bottle, event t-shirt, and a great boxed lunch to enjoy after the event at the Heights or can be taken at home and will benefit from detailed route signage to guide along all routes. Logistics and volunteers will make sure everyone is aware of where to go and make participation seamless.
Fundraising is different. All funds raised are directed to the Youth Diabetic Clinic at the Royal Victoria Health Centre. We have not made fundraising mandatory but we would hope every participant recognizes this is primarily a fundraising cycling event. At this time, still the only one of its kind in Canada! We encourage everyone to set up their own donation page via Canada Helps (click the “Donate” button on the first page) and distribute it to their network to increase the visibility of the event.
We would hope a minimum of $250 is raised by every participant.
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. They were a highlight last year! They can be enjoyed at the Heights inside or outside or some may wish to take their meal home if they are tight on time.
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 25th 2022.
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.
This year, for those uncomfortable with the roads or the hills, we have added a Trail route! Gorgeous 6.5KM route in the Copeland Forest easily accessed from the parking lot of the Heights. It can be ridden on any bike (gravel, hybrid, mountain) or people may wish to walk it!!
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You can use the change rooms at the Heights Ski Club.
There is one rest station for the 55+K and the 100K route (at around 25K and 67K respectively) on the 10th line of Oro.
For the 25K, here is one rest station in Edgar’s Community Centre at Old Barrie road and the 4th line. The riders on the 55+K could stop there as well as they roll by that intersection heading north on the 4th.
All stations will have water, electrolyte powder, Cliff bars and a toilet facility (portable on the 10th).
There is a portable toilet at the rest stop on the 10th line (55+K and 100K) and the Edgar Community Centre will have their bathroom available.
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.