Pick a cause and saddle up. We’ve rounded up our top picks of local charity bike events worth supporting.
Becel Ride for Heart
June 4, Toronto
The Becel Ride for Heart is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and your fundraising will support life-saving heart and stroke research. Join 15,000 other cyclists and ride along the car and traffic-free Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. It’ll just be you and your fellow riders, runners and walkers.
Ride to Conquer Cancer
June 10 - 11, Toronto
The Ride to Conquer Cancer is a 2-day event and has been going strong for 10 years. 10 years of cycling, fundraising and being epic, all to conquer cancer in our lifetime. The event is fully supported and riders will be able to enjoy several pit stops along the way stocked with water, sports drinks, high-energy snacks and other helpful supplies to keep them going. Oh, and did we mention that participants can take advantage of free massages post-ride?
If you needed another reason, we're also a Premium Outfitter for this year's event. We'll be there for the ride providing road side support and discounts in store on bikes, accessories and bike fitting.
Cycle for Sight
June 24, Creemore
Cycle for Sight is an event in support of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and also encourages low-vision or non-sighted riders to participate by joining a team or riding tandem. Taking place in Creemore, you can choose between distances of 50 and 150 kilometres and will receive an array of goodies included in your registration. An exclusive Cycle for Sight jersey, complimentary indoor training rides, a rider gift bag, bike mechanics along the way and of course a proper finish line celebration are only some of them.
Friends for Life Bike Rally
July 30 - August 4, Toronto
Originally a 6-day and 600 kilometre ride from Toronto to Montréal, the Friends for Life Bike Rally introduced a 1-day option with 110 kilometres from Toronto to Port Hope last year. The Bike Rally is engaging hundreds of riders each year to raise funds for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. Bonus: in addition to making a positive difference, participants will enjoy complimentary breakfasts and dinners and daily wellness treatments at lunch and in the evenings.
Tour for Kids
August 18 - 20, St. Catharines
The Tour for Kids aims to help children and their families live with and beyond cancer. None of the organizations being supported receive government funding and are relying on private contribution to continue their great work. In addition to make a positive difference and the offered road side support during the ride, the Tour for Kids is packed with morning and evening programs during the 3-day event. Stroll through the Tour for Kids market with family and friends, enjoy local beer and wine tastings or get some of the farm fresh foods at one of their numerous booths.
MS Bike Tour
September 17, Toronto
Established in 1989, the MS Bike Tour is the largest fundraiser in Canada. Cyclists of all ages and fitness levels get together to raise money to battle Multiple Sclerosis. Choose a distance of either 30 or 50 kilometres and be part of a fun and engaging event. Mingle with fellow cyclists and enjoy the ride while being part of an event that supports a great cause. The ride is fully supported, so you’ll enjoy multiple stops along the way with free snacks, fruit, unlimited drinks and volunteer staff to make sure you and your bike are in top shape to keep on going.