3 & 6-Day Rides
Participants of all fitness levels and a love of cycling and the outdoors will truly love their Bike Rally experience. The 6-Day Ride is a week-long adventure. You will establish new friendships and be part of a community who are committed to collectively contributing to providing positive change for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Riders cycle through beautiful towns and cities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Every day is another beautiful experience. The Bike Rally has been doing this for so long that it is not uncommon for residents along the route come out and cheer us on as we pass through their communities.
6-DAY RIDE SCHEDULE
Saturday, August 8th, 2020, 9:00 AM – NOON* (new end time)
Msgr. Fraser – Isabella Campus Secondary School, 146 Isabella St., Toronto
Download a pdf of the 6-Day Ride packing list
Packing Day occurs the day before we depart and is MANDATORY for all 1-Day, 3-Day and 6-Day Riders and Crew. During Packing Day, you will be able to complete any final paperwork, and receive your event packages. If you’re a 1-Day Rider, you’ll be able to load onto a designated truck a knapsack or small bag packed with your street clothes and everything else you’ll need in Port Hope. If you’re a 3-Day or 6-Day Rider or Crew and your final destination is Montréal, you’ll pack your gear into your Rubbermaid bins and load them onto the Rustler trucks. 6-Day Riders will get access to their gear the following day in camp, and 3-Day Riders will get their gear when they arrive in Kingston the evening of Day 3.
MORE ABOUT PACKING DAY
Give yourself at least an hour to complete the process.
During registration you will:
- Sign in and pick up a check-list to ensure that you complete the entire registration process. You will receive a name tag. Please wear your name tag at all times during the Bike Rally.
- Hand in any outstanding pledges. In order to participate in the Bike Rally, PWA must have received the minimum fundraising required by June 30:
- $2,500 if you’re a 6-Day Rider
- $1,750 if you’re a first year Montreal Rider and opted for this minimum before March 31.
- $650 if you’re a 1-Day Rider
If you have any last-minute pledges you can submit them during Packing Day.
6-Day Riders and Crew: Pick up your personalized labels for your bins.
All participants: Complete medical forms and waivers and a copy of your Health Card (front and back) or proof of travel insurance if you have not dropped them off at PWA already. We strongly recommend that you complete this prior to Packing Day as it will save you time. Please note Crew are also required to submit a copy of their driver’s license if they have not done so.
All Participants: Pick up your Rider jerseys or Crew T-shirt.
1-Day Riders: Proceed outside to deposit your bag in the assigned truck
6-Day Riders: Proceed outside to pick up your Rubbermaid bins and load them onto the trucks.
Loading the Trucks Bring your packed bins or small bag to your assigned truck letter where you will meet the Rubbermaid Rustler Crew members responsible for your truck. They will help you load your bins or bag securely and be responsible for transporting, loading and unloading your gear in Port Hope and all week long. Remember which truck your bins are in – they are marked alphabetically. If you’re with us to Montréal, your bins will be on the same truck every day of the Rally. Please note that once your belongings are loaded onto the trucks, they will become inaccessible as other bins or bags are loaded in behind them. You will not have access to them until our arrival at the campsite in Port Hope, so do not pack items you need for Day 1 such as the Official Bike Rally jersey or Crew T-shirt, sunscreen, and medications.
Essentials Market Donation On Packing Day, we ask all Participants to contribute to PWA Essentials Market. This weekly program provides much needed food and was accessed over by over 1,100 individuals last year alone. We will have collection bins on site to collect any food items you can bring in. Useful donations include: grocery store gift cards, Ensure or Boost meal replacement, canned meat, fish, vegetables, beans, pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, rice, baby food, peanut butter, powdered/canned milk and any other non-perishables, and pet food. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Day 1 - Departure Day
Sunday, August 9th, 2020 – Location TBD
Toronto to Port Hope 110 km
This is the day you have been waiting for! All those months of training and fundraising have led to this day, the start of our journey to Port Hope or Montréal for our 1-Day or 6-Day Riders.
- 7:30 AM Participant Sign in
- 8:00 AM Group Photos
- 8:30 AM Speeches
- 8:45 AM Group Stretch
- 9:00 AM Departure
Coffee, beverages and snacks will be available.
All Participants must wear the Official 2020 Bike Rally Jersey or Crew T-shirt which was provided on Packing Day.
23 km: East Point Park, Scarborough, ON
LUNCH – NEW LOCATION
60 km: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, ON
84 km: Bond Head Parkette, Bond Head, ON
110 km: The Haskills’ Farm is a gorgeous location, high atop a cliff overlooking Lake Ontario just before Port Hope.
Swimming is available, but the shore is rocky so use appropriate footwear.
Starting at 3:00 PM, buses will depart every 30 minutes to take Participants to the local sports complex for showers or a swim in the newly renovated pool, there is a $5.50 fee for using the pool. The sports complex closes at 8:00 PM with the last bus returning to camp at 8:00 PM, so plan accordingly.
Our emotional departure, a scenic afternoon ride, and a gorgeous arrival overlooking Lake Ontario, as we cheer in our 1-Day Riders.
Bike Rally Departure and the Official 1-Day or 6-Day Bike Rally Jersey / Crew T-shirt
If you’re a 1-Day Rider – congratulations! After months of training and fundraising, you made it to Port Hope! After being cheered into Haskills’ farm, 1-Day Riders, their friends and family, 6-Day Riders and Crew will join in a celebration dinner!
1-DAY RIDER RETURN TO TORONTO
Thank you for a great day! We hope you had a fantastic experience and hope you will join us for the 6-Day Ride next year!
1-Day Ride participants and their bikes will be transported back to Toronto following dinner and the Evening Programme.
Participants must have their bikes loaded on to the assigned truck(s) by 5:30 PM.
Following the evening program, participants will meet the bus near the road at the entrance to Haskills’ farm. The bus and truck(s) will depart at 8:30 PM sharp.
The bus is scheduled to arrive in Toronto at Barbara Hall Park (beside The 519) on Church Street, at or before 10:00 PM. If you are arranging to have someone pick you up in Toronto, parking is available on the street and at the Beer Store (across the street from The 519).
The Rubbermaid Rustlers and a Bike Rally Assistant will be on hand in the Beer Store parking lot with your bike. All Riders are required to pick up their bike that evening. PWA will not store or hold your bike until a later date.
Day 2 - The Longest Day
Monday August 10th, 2020
Port Hope to Adolphustown 130.9 km
While this is the longest day of cycling, it is one of the most beautiful. Cycling through small towns and villages you will get to see the beautiful Prince Edward County countryside. Communities along this route regularly come out to cheer us on.
MORE ABOUT DAY 2
HIGHLIGHTS Being cheered through the main streets of small town Ontario, lunch at the Legion in Consecon, the ride along Lake Ontario after lunch, the Glenora Ferry and riding through downtown Picton. THEME The Bike Rally Sponsor Jersey EVENING ACTIVITIES Bike Rally’s Got Talent!
Day 3 - Welcome to Kingston
Tuesday August 11th, 2020
Adolphustown to Kingston 51 km
After the previous days long and adventurous ride, Day 3 is the shortest and quite possibly the most entertaining day of the week. Dress In Red day has become an annual favourite and the most significant attention-grabbing theme. The colour red is synonymous with the HIV/AIDS. Everyone is encouraged to dress in whatever red clothing they have – some people get really creative, you could even say competitive! Passers by can’t help but stop and ask what we’re doing and why. It’s a wonderful opportunity to share our reason for riding and raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.
MORE ABOUT DAY 3
HIGHLIGHTS Cycling along the bay, Buffet Lunch at Queen’s University, having the afternoon off, laundry facilities, showers…and a bed. THEME Dress in Red Day Tuesday is the oh-so-fabulous Dress in Red Day so make sure you air out your dresses, jerseys or any other red clothing! As in past years’ Rides, Dress in Red Day will be a sight to behold, so plan to take lots of photos. EVENING ACTIVITIES All participants have the afternoon and evening off, will be responsible for their own dinner arrangements, and are free to entertain themselves in the great city of Kingston.
SCHEDULE IN KINGSTON
Queen’s University is about a 20-minute walk to Kingston’s downtown core along Princess Street where you will have access to restaurants, pubs and shopping.
Day 4 - Launching the 3-Day Ride & Remembering Why We Ride
Wednesday, August 12th, 2020
Kingston to Johnstown 109 km
On this day, Day 4, we celebrate and honour our purpose and reason for the Ride and launch the 3-Day Ride. The day begins with a celebration and acknowledgement of the Top Fundraisers and ends with a moving and powerful tradition – the Candlelight Celebration. BIKE RALLY BREAKFAST AND GATHERING 7:00 AM Top Fundraisers will don their jersey and t-shirt to wear with pride, and the top fundraiser Riders will lead us out of Kingston. We will also announce this year’s recipient of the David Linton Spirit of the Rally Award. This award, named after one of the founders of the Bike Rally, is presented each year to the person that demonstrates, through their actions, a generosity of spirit, caring and passion in supporting others in the Bike Rally. In the morning, we ask that all Participants return bins and gear to the truck-letter designated rows BEFORE breakfast begins at 7:00 AM. Announcements, Top Fundraisers and Awards will go from 7:30-8:00 AM, followed by stretching. Since there is no designated area to store bikes securely while you eat, we recommend you leave them in your room until after breakfast. Do not forget to drop off your room key in the bins at Leggett Hall as you will be charged $100 for un-returned keys. Photos of Top Fundraisers and the David Linton Award winner will take place at 8:00 AM outside the breakfast hall. All cyclists then gather at 8:45 AM at Leonard Hall for a 9:00 AM departure. If you are staying off-campus, you must be back at Queen’s ready to ride (dressed, breakfast eaten, bins packed and ready to be loaded) by 8:00 AM at the latest.
MORE ABOUT DAY 4
HIGHLIGHTS CELEBRATING TOP FUNDRAISERS!, Hot breakfast at Queens University cafeteria, Gananoque, cycling through the Thousand Islands Parkway, Brockville and the best swimming spot of the week, the Candlelight Celebration. THEME Wednesday is the day we recognize our top fundraisers who will be wearing their 2018 Top Fundraiser jerseys. It’s also Pimp Your Helmet Day. Bring out your baubles and streamers, your pom poms, your kupie dolls or whatever. Just make sure everything fastens well to your helmet so that nothing falls off and nothing is poking into your head while you ride! EVENING ACTIVITIES Candlelight Celebration – a Bike Rally tradition when we commemorate those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS and celebrate the advances we’ve made, and continue to make, in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the stigma associated with it.
Day 5 - Our Last Night Together
Thursday August 13th, 2020
Johnstown to Lancaster 108 km
After an emotional and powerful Candlelight Celebration the previous evening, today, we reflect on the meaning of the ride. Think of the physical challenges and accomplishments thus far. Who are you riding for? Take a moment and find out why others are on this journey with you. Today is also our last night together. Tonight we light up the night and rest up for grand finale – Arrival in Montréal!
MORE ABOUT DAY 5
HIGHLIGHTS The stunning Long Sault Parkway, Cornwall’s bike paths, Dairy Queen in Lancaster, and tenting amongst the tall trees. Everyone loves Dairy Queen! What could be a better way to celebrate our arrival into Lancaster than with a great Blizzard treat? $0.50 from every Royal treat, Blizzard or milkshake purchased will be donated to the Bike Rally. THEME Today, those wishing to, can disclose their HIV status in a safe and welcoming environment by wearing a POZ jersey. POZ jerseys can be picked up the night of Day 4 from PWA Staff at a designated area. For others, ride and crew today in solidarity and support of our courageous friends for life. Red ribbons will be distributed by your Team Leaders and attach it to your helmet, hat, shirt or vehicle. EVENING ACTIVITIES
Day 6 - To Montreal!
Friday August 14th, 2020
Lancaster to Montréal 101 km
Lancaster to Montréal is 101 km.
Morning Announcements will take place at approximately 7:30 AM and Departure will be at 8:00 AM.
Break one is at the 30km mark (Parc Shamrock, Coteau-du-Lac, QC).
Lunch is at the 53km mark (Parc Bellevue on L’ile Perrot, QC).
Group Photos will take place in the morning before departure.
All Riders must meet at the rendezvous point by 1:30. At 2:00 PM, Riders will then travel together into Montréal. For many, this is the highlight of their journey – a long line of Bike Rally jerseys stretching as far as the eye can see.
As with departure, safety is paramount. Riders will be without any support crew along the bike path. Ride single file, leave a bike length between you and the next bike, and signal any moves. Stay to the right to leave plenty of room for local oncoming or passing cyclists.
Arrival ceremonies – August 16 – 3:30 PM
Location – We are excited to be arriving at Parc des Faubourgs, the centre of Fiérté Montréal. All Crew should be parked by 2:30 pm and in the Parc des Faubourgs by 3 pm.
As we’re riding through the city streets and to our arrival area in the park, it is important to remember the rules of the road. All riders must ride in the designated bike lane in single file and obey all traffic signals and signs.
Have some cash on-hand for the concession stands – you might want to celebrate your arrival with a cold beer. The lines get long quickly with 300 people all suddenly in the park, so be patient!
Friends and family can enter the park to await the cyclists’ arrival from rue Dorion, Entrance D. It is the closest entry from Ontario St. East.
Congratulations! After six incredible days, you made it!
On Friday, August 16th, riders and crew have the option of staying at the accommodation provided by the Bike Rally at McGill, UQÀM, Concordia, or making their own arrangements. Accommodations are provided for all crew until our return trip to Toronto on Sunday, August 18th.
If you are a rider and wish to stay an additional night (Saturday, August 17th), you must reserve your own accommodations, and you will not be reimbursed for staying a second night in the student residences.
Keep in mind that this is Montréal Pride weekend and everything books up fast, so act fast!
The Rustlers are celebrating too, so there will be no access to the Rustler trucks during the ceremonies. Access will be from 5:00 – 6:15 PM only.
After the celebration, participants are to proceed to the bin-pick-up/bike drop-off located east at the JTI MacDonald building where the trucks are parked. Riders stop at the trucks first to load their bikes into the trucks to be returned to Toronto.
Please ensure you take all your personal belongings with you (except your bicycle) and ensure your license plate is still attached before it is loaded onto the truck. Like we’ve said before, it’s your responsibility to get your stuff back to Toronto/ Kingston, except your bikes.
Once loaded on the truck, you will not be able to access your bicycle or forgotten items until you pick up your bicycle in Toronto Monday, August 19th or Tuesday, August 20th.
Please note that although the Rubbermaid Rustlers will treat your bikes with
care, they are not responsible for any loss or damage.
All Participants will be directed to the bin/bike exchange location to unpack
their Rubbermaid bins. While the Rubbermaid Rustlers supervise the unpack-
ing process, please help by stacking your empty bins and lids in the specified stacking locations.
After unpacking and reloading, all trucks will be locked and the contents will not be accessible again until first pickup day back in Toronto Monday, August 19th.
Please note there will be free transportation from Parc des Faubourgs to the residences.
Please pick up any medication that was stored in the RV before 6:00 PM from the Wellness Lead. You will not be able to pick up your meds after 6:00 PM. Medical supports end at our arrival in Montréal. In case of a medical emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
Celebration Party at Club Unity Montréal! 1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E.
Join us between 9:00 – 11:00 PM on the rooftop terrace to celebrate a successful journey and congratulate each other, family and friends welcome!
Return to Toronto
There is a bus departing Montréal for Toronto which will stop in Kingston on Sunday, August 16th.
12:15 PM – First pick-up: McGill University – La Citadelle (Riders staying at UQÀM are to meet here)
12:45 PM—Second pick-up: Condordia’s Grey Nun on 1190 Rue Guy
For your convenience, three stops will be made:
Queen’s University at approximately 4:30 PM
Scarborough Town Centre at approximately 7:00 PM
Yonge and Bloor at approximately 8:00 PM
All Crew Members will drive back in the rental vehicles on Sunday, August
18th at 8:00 AM. Return to Toronto on Sunday is mandatory for all crew members.
If crew stays in Montréal for Pride, their second night will not be reimbursed.
Bike Pick-up in Toronto
Bikes will be available for pick up at Msgr. Fraser – Isabella Campus Secondary School during the following times:
Monday, August 19th: 2:00 – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, August 20th : 4:00 – 7:30 PM
Please bring photo ID to reclaim your bike. Riders MUST pick up their bikes by 7:30 PM August 20th. We have to remove all bikes by the end of that day and we are unable to store them. If you cannot pick up your bike, please arrange for a friend or family member to pick it up for you. Riders who return back to Toronto on Saturday and have volunteered to assist with unloading on Sunday can pick up their bikes at that time.