Mandatory Flat Fix Seminar @ The 519
Jun 4 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

It doesn’t matter how experienced a rider you are. At some point you will get a flat tire. And if you don’t know how to fix a flat, it’s a complete game changer, leaving you at the mercy of riders or drivers around you or forcing you make a desperate phone call. Don’t let a flat ruin your ride. Knowing how to change a flat and the tools you’ll need will give you the confidence that you won’t ever be stranded. Come out and learn how. Bring your bike and tools for this hands-on seminar.

This is mandatory for anyone who has yet attended a Flat Fix clinic.

20th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration @ Toronto People with AIDS Foundation
Feb 10 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Coming home. Celebrating together.

Join your Friends For Life Bike Rally family on Saturday February 10th and celebrate our history and connection to the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation.
Drop in, say hello, relive some of the early Bike Rally days, and celebrate our 20th year!

Cash bar will be available, plus entertainment, photo collages from years past, and some big announcements about this year’s Rally! PLUS a lucky SHIFT UP! ticket holder will find themselves with $1250 towards their fundraising goal! SHIFT UP Tickets are $10 and available by contacting

Please enter through the first floor essentials market: 194 Gerrard St E. Can’t wait to see you!

Outdoor Training Kick-Off at Sweet Pete’s @ Sweet Pete's Bike Shop
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Our good friends at Sweet Pete’s will be hosting a training kick-off evening for Bike Rally participants on Saturday, April 7, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at 1204 Bloor Street West. They will run short 15 minute sessions on:

  • fixing flats,
  • how to estimate a good bike fit, and
  • advice on gear and apparel.

Whether you’re new to the Bike Rally or a seasoned veteran, there’s something for everyone to get you ready to hit the road. Sweet Pete’s will also be providing 20% off parts and accessories (excluding Garmin), and 10% off bikes.

Sweet Pete's Bike Shop logoSweet Pete’s Bike Shops have been long-time supporters with over 10 years of engagement with the Bike Rally. From amazing support the week of the Ride from Road Support mechanics to lots of in-store discounts on cycling merchandise. Sweet Pete’s is there to support you on your Friends For Life Bike Rally journey.
t: (416) 533-4481

Outdoor Training Kick-Off: F4LBR Cycle Solutions Social @ Cycle Solutions - Parliament Street
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In conjunction with the Bike Rally’s Kick-Off to the outdoor training season, our friends at Cycle Solutions are hosting an F4LBR Social.

Join us for:

  • Food and drink – beer provided by our friend Dwayne from Highlander Brew Co.
  • Door Prizes
  • Specialized Bike Fundraising Incentive draw!

Cycle Solutions        Highlander Brew Co. logo

See event flyer here

Bike Rally Expo! @ PWA
Apr 14 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm

A one day event to check off some of those required seminars: the First Year Orientation and the Flat Fix Seminar. There will also be a speaker from HEAL Nutrition to talk about how you should manage your diet as you increase your training, as well as what to eat and drink on the bike. The First Year Orientation and Flat Fix Seminars will be run twice each, at 10:45 and 12:30, and the Nutrition Seminar at 2pm. This will also be an opportunity for riders to try on the jerseys to make sure you get the sizing right. This all goes down at PWA at 200 Gerrard Street East on Saturday, April 14.

Convo with a Chiro @ Toronto PWA Foundation
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Endurance training is a vital aspect of your Bike Rally preparation, as well as a great way to stay active. But sometimes it can cause muscular imbalances that may lead to aches and pains, or worse, a full-blown injury. During this interactive session, Dr. Donald Littlewood will speak to the common issues he’s treated on the Bike Rally, and offer some great suggestions for injury prevention and conditioning.

Proactive injury prevention is a commonly overlooked aspect of training, and it applies equally to first-time participants and veterans. Be sure to attend this valuable seminar as a way to support and enhance your Bike Rally training!

Dr. Donald is a chiropractor and acupuncturist practicing in downtown Toronto. He has been a Bike Rally Wellness Crew volunteer twice (2016 and 2017), the first time as a member of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Team (CMCC) providing care to riders and crew.

The BIG Meeting @ The 519
Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Attention all Bike Rally Crew, 1-Day and 6-Day Riders! Come to The 519 on June 4th and learn all about this year’s 20th Anniversary Friends for Life Bike Rally – things like our new Departure location, arrival plans for Port Hope, what will be on offer in Kingston, new Montreal accommodations, and much, much more.
You’ll be able to complete any outstanding paperwork, meet your Team Leads and team mates (if you haven’t yet), pose questions to Steering Committee members, and hear directly from a PWA speaker about how your commitment and hard work is making a huge difference in the lives of so many.
Additionally, from 8:30PM we’ll be at The Lodge at O’Grady’s (518 Church Street at Maitland) for a post-meeting social.
Bike Rally Reunion Party @ The Tilted Dog
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The best way to cure the Bike Rally blues is to join us at the Tilted Dog for the 20th Anniversary Bike Rally reunion!

The Tilted Dog Pub

First Year Orientation Seminar @ Toronto People With AIDS Foundation
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

If you’re a first year Rider to the Friends For Life Bike Rally, this seminar is for you. Come learn about the work done by PWA, the support available to you as a new Rider, and the logistics to start thinking about for the Ride.

Invasion of the Santas @ Church Street
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm