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

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.

The Red Dress Ball @ The 519 - Ballroom
Apr 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Red Dress Ball

On Saturday April 14th, we’re turning the 519 Ballroom into the Red Dress Ball for one night only! Come out and celebrate with international superstarDJ Kitty Glitter, and some of Toronto’s finest drag talent, as we raise funds and awareness for the 20th year of the PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally.

Whether you dress in red, or wear a red dress, the Red Dress Ball is a celebration of the creativity of Day Three of the 6-day ride, and a symbol for raising funds and HIV/AIDS awareness!

The Red Dress Ball is an independent fundraiser in support of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation (PWA) through their sustaining fundraiser, PWA’s Friends for Life Bike Rally.

Oh My God Make It Stop @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Oh My God Make It Stop is a cabaret styled variety show in support of PWA’s 20th annual Friends For Life Bike Rally, raising funds and awareness for Toronto’s People With AIDS Foundation.

Oh My God Make It Stop @ Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Oh My God Make It Stop is a cabaret styled variety show in support of PWA’s 20th annual Friends For Life Bike Rally, raising funds and awareness for Toronto’s People With AIDS Foundation.

Silent Auction & Tennis Social @ Dentonia Park Tennis Club
May 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Silent Auction during a tennis social organized by Bike Rally participant Dianne Hind. All are welcome to come to the club as Dianne’s guest if they want to join in the tennis, or just come for the silent auction.

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.
Ian and Dave’s Friends for Life Fundraiser @ The Drink
Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ian Toone & Dave LeBlanc are having a Friends for Life Fundraiser at “The Drink” on Saturday July 14th from 3pm to 6pm, music by DJ SAMM!
Please come support us, we will be having 50/50, live spinning (pants optional/Jock straps maybe?), and a silent auction! Look forward to seeing everyone out!
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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.