Brooks Ralph

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the tragic loss of Brooks Ralph, who lost his life while backcountry skiing at Stowe, Vermont on Feb 20, 2024. Brooks was a vibrant soul, full of youthful energy and passion for life.

Brooks rode the 401 for several years and was known be all as that fast kid who always pushed the limits up front.  He and his Dad would be in the hotel well ahead of the rest of the riders.   

Brooks will be deeply missed by his loving family, and the entire 401 extended family, who cherished him dearly.

In his pursuits, Brooks exemplified courage, determination, and a zest for life that inspired everyone he encountered. Whether carving through fresh powder, zooming on his favorite road bike, or sharing laughter with friends, he lived each moment to the fullest, leaving behind a legacy of unforgettable memories.

As we mourn the loss of Brooks, let us also celebrate the light he brought into our lives.  May his adventurous spirit continue to guide us, reminding us to embrace each day with passion and gratitude.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Brooks' family and loved ones during this difficult time. May they find comfort in the cherished memories they shared and the love that will forever surround them. Brooks' spirit will live on in our hearts, inspiring us to live boldly and cherish every moment.

The 401 family

 401 Bike Challenge

Please join us to announce the 2024 ride on Feb 15th.  Click on the following link for details: 

401 official launch cocktail for 2024 ride

The 401 Bike Challenge is a charity bike ride from Toronto to Montreal. Our mission is to help improve the care and treatment of children battling cancer, as well as to support their families and the dedicated people who care for them at the Toronto SickKids, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and Ottawa's CHEO.

With three different ride options, we welcome cyclists of all levels! The 3-day Classic Ride is for the most experienced, while the two 1-day rides are for beginners to intermediates. For more information, check out our Ride Info page

This year, our committed group of cyclists and volunteers will depart from the Toronto SickKids on Wednesday, August 14, 2024 and arrive at the Montreal Children’s Hospital on Friday, August 16 2024, travelling a total of 580 km over 3 days!

Our riders have all made a personal commitment to raise a minimum of $3,500 each for the 3-Day Classic Ride, and $1,000 each for those doing the 1-day Ride Out or Ride In. Our combined goal is to raise a total of $250,000.

To support the fundraising efforts of one of our riders, please make your charitable donation here. You will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your donation, as 100% goes to helping children fight cancer.

To become a rider and directly make an impact on the lives of children battling cancer, register here.


Make a donation and rest assured that 100% of the funds raised are donated to the Toronto SickKids, the Montreal Children's Hospital, and Ottawa's CHEO:  No admin fees, no operating fees, all costs associated with putting on the event are funded by the riders and our corporate sponsors. 

The cyclists, having fund-raised for many months before the event, will make the inspired ride linking these two renowned pediatric institutions and make a difference in the lives of the children and families these iconic institutions serve. The funds raised are divided between the pediatric oncology departments at Toronto SickKids, the Montreal Children's Hospital, and Ottawa's CHEO.