Hope this note finds you all well, and looking forward to the event. I'm sure we will all have a wonderful time all the while making a difference in the lives of children battling cancer.
With only one week to the start of the 2019 edition of the Air Canada Vacations 401 Bike Challenge, please read the following information carefully as this note will likely be one of the last ones before the event.
1 ) TRANSPORTATION TO TORONTO:
We will be flying Air Canada departing from Dorval to Toronto Island Airport.
We will all meet at the Air Canada gate, 20 minutes prior to departure. Upon arrival, the airport shuttle will be taking us to Union Station. From there it is about a 20 minute walk to the Chelsea Hotel located at 33 Gerrard St. West . After check-in, we will be holding a brief information meeting at 6:00pm in the hotel conference room. Dinner is on your own that night, and typically riders are free to go to any of the restaurants across from the hotel. I have made a reservation for 25 at Scaddabush Italian Kitchen and Bar right beside the hotel for those who would like to join.
2) BIKE DROP OFF AND LOOT BAG:
Bike drop off will take place anytime Monday the 20th to Tuesday morning before 10:00am at Martin Swiss Cycles – 313 Victoria Ave, Westmount. Sorry, there can be no exceptions to this as there will be no other vehicle that can accommodate bikes. https://www.martinswiss.net/copy-of-velo (Hours 10:00 - 17:30)
Loot bags will be distributed at the information meeting being held at 6:00pm at the Chelsea Hotel.
3) WHAT TO BRING:
This is a fully supported ride ( various snacks, bars and Gatorade provided) however, if there are any special products that you are used to having, please feel free to bring them.
PLEASE don't forget your HELMET, you will not be permitted to ride without one!
We have new team kits this year. For photo-ops, we ask that all riders wear the 2019 kit at the departure ( Wed morning ) and at the arrival ( Friday afternoon ). Riders have traditionally been free to wear kits of their own choice on Thursday.
Each peloton will have a motorcycle escort at the FRONT of it, and a support vehicle at the BACK of it.
The purpose of the motorcycle at the front is as follows;
A ) they normally ride just inside the solid center-line, so as to protect the peloton from oncoming traffic and make it more visible.
B) they have the GPS route all mapped out, so riders don’t have to worry about directions or detours.
C) These are the same motorcyclists who do the World Tour in Montreal, as well as most of the FQSC races in Quebec; they are very experienced and their primary function is to keep riders safe and riding in a disciplined manner. In the country, with little traffic, we could find ourselves double file. However, often, the motorcyclists will direct us to go single file when traffic conditions necessitate it. They are the ULTIMATE authority when we are on the road.
As well, each peloton with have a van following it very close. The van will have water, Gatorade, snacks, bars, etc., so riders will always be hydrated and fed the entire route. As well, the vehicles can transport any rider who encounters difficulty at any point along the ride.
There are clearly defined rest stops along the route for each day. These rest stops are planned for approximately every 50 kilometers, usually coinciding with a strip mall for restroom access.
It is HIGHLY recommended that you set your trip computer to 0 kilometers at each of the three start days. Experience has clearly shown that knowing exactly where you are before each scheduled stop removes a lot of the stress during the ride. Keep it positive, enthusiasm is infectious!
That’s it for now!
Thanks again for joining us on the event and for helping to make the lives of children battling cancer a little brighter!
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO JOT DOWN MY TELEPHONE NUMBER IN THE EVENT THAT YOU NEED TO REACH OUT. 514-475-5051
The ACV 401 Bike Challenge is a charity bike ride from Toronto to Montreal. A committed group of cyclists and volunteers will depart from the Toronto SickKids Hospital on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 and arrive at the Montreal Children’s Hospital on Friday, August 23, 2019, travelling 580 kms over 3 days!
Toronto to Montreal, 580 kms, $2500 fundraising minimum.
$400 registration fee by Apr 30, $500 registration fee after April 30th.
The Ride Out
SickKids Hospital (Toronto) to Port Hope one-day ride option (105 kms).
Fundraising minimum is $1000. Registration fee is $100.
Riders will meet in Cornwall on Friday for Breakfast for this one-day ride option (130 kms).
Fundraising minimum is $1000. Registration fee is $100. OR Registration fee is $200 and includes hotel (double occ) , dinner, breakfast
You will be contacted by Angie Lemmo for registration fees