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  • 15 Year Rider Peloton Information

     

    Since 2008, our community has come together to raise money for cancer research while challenging ourselves to ride further than we thought possible.

    For our 15th anniversary, we are recognizing the dedicated Riders with a special guided peloton ride from Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to the Exhibition Place.

    The timeline, will look as following.

    • A bike transport truck and Rider shuttle will leave from New Brunswick Ave & Lakeshore Blvd at 6:30am. Alternatively, Riders can go directly to the Princess Margaret and drop their gear bags there.
    • Jersey exchange, survivor flag mounting will be done at the Ex. This can also be done Friday afternoon.
    • Arrival at The Princess Margaret 6:50am. Arrive with your Diamond Helmet (limited inventory available on site - see pick-up times and locations below)
    • Breakfast available at The Princess Margaret
    • 7:20am Steve Merker addresses the group, then arranges a group photo.
    • 7:30am: 15-year Anniversary peloton rides to Ex Place start line.

  • Meet The Pros

    Meet George Hincapie and Bobby Julich, Tour de France legends and Olympic medalists, who are riding with Team Les Domestiques. They will be on hand for a meet and greet at Camp.
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    (Photo credits: https://hincapie.com/our-story/george-hincapie http://www.bobbyjulich.com

 


WEEKEND OVERVIEW 

All the information you’ll need for Ride weekend!
 

  • Wednesday June 8, 2022

    11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Ride Ready Kits (for riders that did not do their online check in) and Helmet pick-up at Enercare Centre, Salon 101, Toronto ON

  • Thursday June 9, 2022

    7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ride Ready Kits (for riders that did not do their online check in) and Helmet pick-up at Enercare Centre, Salon 101, Toronto ON

  • Friday June 10, 2022

    2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    Ride Ready Kits (for riders that did not do their online check in), Helmet pick-up and Bike drop-off  available at Toronto start-line, Exhibition Place, Parking Lot 2, 200 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3. Available to all registered Riders.

    Last Minute adjustments and Yellow Flag pickup and installation will be available at the D’Ornellas Bike Shop located in front of Bike Parking at the Exhibition Place.


    Also available: Jersey exchange, last minute event check in, Ambassador patch pick up/exchange, helmet pick-up.
     
    Your bike must have saddle tag and frame plate properly attached prior to drop off  

  • Saturday June 11, 2022

    Helmet Pick-up available at the helmet pick-up tent before opening ceremonies Exhibition Place, Parking Lot 2, 200 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3 

    • 6:30 a.m. Check-In services and breakfast available. 
    • Last Minute adjustments and Yellow Flag pickup and installation will
      be available at the D’Ornellas Bike Shop beside Bike Parking at Exhibition Place.
    • Drop off your gear/luggage at the Mackie Gear Transport Trucks for transport to Camp  
    • 7:30 a.m. All participants on-site 
    • 8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies begin  
    • 1:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.  Camp Festivities - open to Riders, friends and family family (snacks and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available)
    • 4:00 p.m. Dinner service begins   
    • 6:00 p.m. Camp Celebrations  
    • 7:30 p.m. One Day Rider shuttle returns to Toronto  
    • Gear Pick-up available at McMaster University between 11am - 5pm, don't forget to pick up your luggage!  

    See Map of Camp at McMaster University.

  • Sunday June 12, 2022

    • 4:30 a.m. Breakfast available
    • 6:00 a.m. Route opens  
    • 7:30 a.m. All Riders must be on route  
    • Gear pick-up available on Sunday June 12, 10am - 5pm, don't forget to pick up your luggage!  
    • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Finish-line Festivities - open to Riders, friends and family in Niagara Falls  
    • 12:00 p.m. Shuttle service begins back to Toronto  
    • 12:00 p.m - 5:00pm. Professional Bike Transport provided by our Official Mover and Partner of the Ride to Conquer Cancer ''Mackie Transport '' taking your bike carefully back to Toronto.  
    • 5:00 pm Route closes  
    • 5:00 p.m. Last Shuttle departs back to Toronto   

 


PARKING
For parking details at McMaster, please see CAMP section.

  • Toronto Start Parking at the Exhibition Place

    Underground Parking at Enercare Centre.

    Parking cost: $16 per vehicle for 1 day; $22 per vehicle for 2 days (Sat – Sun); $35 per vehicle for 3 days (Fri – Sun).
    Parking Lot Access Hours: Please park overnight in the underground parking lot which will be available during the following times:
    Wednesday 6/08 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    Thursday, 6/09 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Friday, 6/10 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    Saturday, 6/11 4:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
    Sunday, 6/12 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
    Monday 6/13 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

    NOTE: Vehicles with bikes on roof racks will not be permitted in underground overnight parking lots.
    Packet Pick up Wednesday 11am – 7pm, please park in Lot 851 at a reduced rate of $11
    Packet Pick up Thursday 7am – 5pm, please park in Lot 851 at a reduced rate of $11
    Packet Pick up Friday 2pm – 7pm, please park in Lot 851 complimentary
    Saturday $16 short term parking in lot 851 and 853

    See Map of Toronto Parking

  • McMaster Camp Parking
  • Niagara Finish Line Parking at Niagara Falls

    Upper Rapids Parking Lot C - located between Upper Rapids Blvd and Portage Rd

    Parking cost is $10 per vehicle/day
    All volunteers, participants, and spectators are asked to park at the Upper Rapidsview Parking Lot for the duration of their event visit. From this location, we have a charted WEGO Shuttle in service to transport you to the events site and back up to the Upper Rapidsview Parking Lot.
    Note: There is no VIP parking located at this site. Please follow instructions as above.

    See Map of Niagara Parking

 


GEAR
 

  • Gear drop-off and luggage tags

    Use the luggage tag you will find in your Ride Ready Kit: Please include your first and last name (and team name if applicable) on the provided luggage tags.  
     
    Gear drop-off: Occurs Saturday morning at the North end of Lot 851. Also open Sunday morning before you get back on the route. Our amazing Gear Teams will collect your gear and transport it to your destinations. Don't forget to pick up your gear before you get on your shuttle bus back to Toronto!  

  • Bike preparation tips for a successful Ride

    1. Get your bike fitted and tuned by a professional prior to arriving at The Ride. See our lists of outfitters here

    1. Check your tires, fill them up, and pack spare tubes and patch kits  

    1. Bike mechanics may charge for anything above a minor adjustment. Avoid extra fees and the lines by arriving prepared  

 


SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

*All Riders will start at the Exhibition Place on Saturday morning June 11th
 

  • Saturday

    Shuttles will run between the Start Line Host Hotel in Toronto to the respective Start Line.  
     
    Toronto  

    • Pick-Up Time: 6:00 a.m. – 6:45 a.m.  
    • Pick-Up Location: Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown - 30 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 2E9  
    • Drop-Off Location: Exhibition Place (Enercare), Parking Lot 2 – 200 Princes’ Boulevard – Toronto, ON  

  • One day Rider shuttle (Hamilton – Toronto)

    There will be a complimentary, one-day Rider Shuttle and a separate truck for your bike for those returning to Toronto on Saturday evening from Camp in Hamilton.  
     
    There will be one departure time: 7:30 p.m.  

    • Pick-Up Location: McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West , Hamilton, ON  
    • Drop-Off Location: Exhibition Place (Enercare), Parking Lot 2 – 200 Princes’ Boulevard – Toronto, ON  

  • Sunday

    A luxury coach for you and separate truck for your bike, provided by Mackie Group, will depart from the Finish Line in Niagara Falls and take you back to Exhibition Place in Toronto. Shuttles will repeatedly run throughout the day beginning at 12:00 p.m. and depart when full.  
     
    NOTE: The Sunday Shuttles Will Only Run from Niagara to Toronto (Exhibition Place). There will be NO shuttles to host hotels on Sunday.  

 


WHAT TO PACK
 

  • Essentials

    • Personal identification, money and credit card 
    • Comfortable clothing for both days of the event that suit the weather (a sweater, warm  pants for camp, pyjamas, extra socks, change of shoes, etc.)  
    • Sunblock and hat 
    • Water bottle 
    • Sleeping bag and pillow  
    • Towel soap, shampoo and conditioner (hot showers available at camp) 
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste 
    • Charging cords and extra battery packs for electronics 
    • Health Card 
    • Ziplock bag: to carry small items, in case of wet weather 
    • Larger plastic bag to keep your clothing dry in case of rain. 

  • Optional

    • Rain gear and rain boots 
    • Sleeping pad for tent 
    • Flashlight 
    • Earplugs 
    • Toiletries (a small mirror, hair ties, razor, lotion, etc.)

 


RULES AND SAFETY
 

  • Always start with safety

    • Watch our short safety video
    • Remember: this is a ride, not a race!  
    • Wear a helmet and carry a patch kit, tire levers, spare tube, and pump at all times.  
    • Know and obey all traffic signals, signs, markings, laws and regulations, unless otherwise instructed by a Police Officer on route.  
    • Always ride predictably and in control. Ride in a straight line, and consciously try to avoid excessive weaving back and forth. In most vehicle-bicycle accidents, motorists say they never saw the bicyclists, or didn’t see them in time to avoid the collision.  
    • Always use hand signals to indicate that you are going to make a right or left turn or are about to stop; motorists and cyclists need to know what you intend to do. If your hands aren’t free as you slow or stop, call out “SLOWING” or “STOPPING”. When stopping, pull to the right edge of the road. Move completely off the road to rest or make repairs.  
    • Call out, “ON YOUR LEFT!” when passing at all times. Also, don’t stop or slow down without letting other cyclists and drivers know your intentions in advance. Call out, “STOPPING!” or “SLOWING!”  
    • Cycle with traffic, never against it. When moving from one lane to another, always give way to traffic.  
    • Keep to the right of the road at all times and leave other Riders plenty of room to pass on your left. The exception to this rule occurs when preparing for a left turn or avoiding unsafe road conditions (potholes, construction, etc.).  
    • Always stop at stop signs and look right, left, then right again before entering the road.  
    • Always make left turns from the appropriate left-turn lane.  
    • Ride single file when cycling with a group. Do not ride side by side.  
    • Always be on the lookout for a person in the driver’s seat of any parked car you may pass. Parked drivers are notorious for swinging their doors open suddenly or pulling out into traffic without checking for bicyclists.  
    • Drafting behind other cyclists can be dangerous and leaves very little room for error. These techniques should never be used in high traffic areas or on roads with frequent intersections.  

 


THE ROUTES

*Please note that there will only be one start line in Toronto on Saturday June 11th.

  • The Classic

    Toronto to Niagara Falls: Our historic 200-plus-kilometres route that kicks off at the Exhibition Place start line. 
     
    Click here to view a map of all three routes together 
    Click here to view the 2022 map of The Classic Day One.  
    Click here to view the 2022 map of The Classic Day Two.  

    Day 1 Classic: In order to import your route to your GPS or phone, view the elevation on your route and more route details, visit the Strava Route page here: https://www.strava.com/routes/2966352444289322852

    Day 2 Classic: In order to import your route to your GPS or phone, view the elevation on your route and more route details, visit the Strava Route page here: https://www.strava.com/routes/2966352608293010680

    Riding with a team?  Meet at Kingsbdge Park before riding your last 1KM together across the finish line.  

  • The Hammer

    This is a 260-plus-kilometre Ride experience for Riders looking for an additional challenge. Riders will have the chance to lead out the pack from the start line in Toronto, before splitting towards the Halton Region. Along the way riders will be privileged to an elevated lunch experience as a reward for those extra kilometers and hills!  
     
    Click here to view the 2022 map of The Hammer. This route follows the Classic on Day Two.  

    In order to import your route to your GPS or phone, view the elevation on your route and more route details, visit the Strava Route page here: https://www.strava.com/routes/2966352700608605608
     

  • The One Day Ride

    Not able to ride for the full two days? Not a problem! The One Day Ride* on Saturday, June 11, 2022 is the perfect alternative and is great way to get involved and raise vital funds for The Princess Margaret.  
    *Limited to 500 spots. The route will follow the same as The Classic Day One.  
     
    Click here to view the 2022 map of The Classic Day One.  

    In order to import your route to your GPS or phone, view the elevation on your route and more route details, visit the Strava Route page here: https://www.strava.com/routes/2966352444289322852

 


BIKE DROP OFF
 

  • Bike parking and gear drop off

      Secured overnight Bike Parking will be available on Friday evening. Riders are encouraged to drop off their bicycles between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., to avoid the difficulty of arriving on Day 1 with both bike and luggage in tow.  
     
    Gear drop off will not be available Friday evening, this service will only be available Saturday morning in the event parking lots.  

    At the end of your Ride, you can drop off your bike at the finish line and it will be safely transported back to the Toronot bike lock-up for you.  Trucks leave Niagara as soon as they are full.

 


OPENING CEREMONIES
 

 


CAMP
 


HOTELS
 

 


FINISH LINE