The Air Canada Vacations 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 and the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
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 19, 2020 and arrive at the Montreal Children’s Hospital on Friday, August 21, 2020, travelling a total of 580 km over 3 days!
Our riders have all made a personal commitment to raise a minimum of $2,500 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 and the Montreal Children's Hospital: 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 fundraised 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 and Montreal Children's Hospital.
We, the members of the ACV 401 Bike Challenge Committee, would like to express our shared concern about the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Like all of you, we have been monitoring its evolving global impact, as well as its potential impact on our event.
While we have considered multiple options, we have decided that the 16th edition of the 401 Bike Challenge will still go on as planned from August 19, 2020 to August 21, 2020.
However, the swiftly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic may eventually cause us to reschedule or even cancel the event altogether, as the health and safety of our participants and volunteers is our utmost priority. Should the event be cancelled, all registration fees will be reimbursed. In contrast, donations to a participant’s 2020 ride will not be reimbursed and will go directly to the hospitals we support as scheduled. Participants who choose to register for the 2021 ride will have the amount they raised credited to their 2021 fundraising commitment.
Despite these uncertain times, we encourage you to join this cause. We believe our mission to help improve the care and treatment of children battling cancer, as well as to support their families, is more important than ever.
Stay safe and healthy.
The Air Canada Vacations 401 Bike Challenge Committee