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
Msgr. Fraser – Isabella Campus Secondary School, 146 Isabella St., Toronto
Packing Day occurs the day before we depart and is MANDATORY for all 1-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 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, ready for departure the next 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
- $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
Allan Gardens (Sherborne and Carlton)
Toronto to Port Hope 108 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.
- 7:30 AM Participant Sign in
- 8:00 AM Group Photos
- 8:30 AM Speeches
- 8:45 AM Group Stretch
- 9:00 AM Departure
Street parking is available along Carlton St. between Jarvis St. and Sherbourne St. In addition, paid parking is available on Sherbourne St. just north of Carlton St.
MORE ABOUT DAY 1
Coffee, beverages and snacks will be available.
All Participants must wear the Official 2016 Bike Rally Jersey or Crew T-shirt which was provided on Packing Day.
23.3 km: East Point Park, Scarborough, ON
LUNCH – NEW LOCATION
60.8 km: Lakeview Park, Oshawa, ON
84.2 km: Bond Head Parkette, Bond Head, ON
105.6 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
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 2
38.7 km: Wicklow Beach Park, Wicklow, ON
68.1 km: Brighton Road Swing Bridge, Murray Canal, Lovett, ON
82.3 km: The Henderson’s, Consecon, ON Heather Marr and her wife, Chantal Grondin, owners of Henderson’s House have been long-time champions of the Bike Rally and have hosted us at their home in Consecon for Day 2 lunch for many years. Shortly after our visit in 2015, Heather suddenly passed away. To commemorate Heather’s generosity of spirit and kindness, the route from Consecon to Break 3 will be dedicated in her memory. Please pick up a purple ribbon on the way out of lunch and wear it in honour of Heather.
102.7 km: Schroedter’s Café and Bakery at Huff’s Corners (just outside Picton, ON)
130.9 km: U.E.L. Heritage Centre/Park Adolphustown is a lakeside retreat, a short ferry ride on the Glenora Ferry.
Swimming and showers are both available; however, showers are limited and may have long wait times. We recommend taking an ecoshower on the beach. Note: Showers take $0.25/$1.00
Being cheered through the main streets of small town Ontario, Henderson’s House in Consecon, the ride along Lake Ontario after lunch, the Glenora Ferry and riding through downtown Picton.
The Bike Rally Sponsor Jersey
At night, we will host our own Bike Rally’s Got Talent. Either with your Bike Rally team, another group of friends or on your own, this will be the night to showcase your amazing talent. This will also be followed by a Bike Rally dance party!
Day 3 - Welcome to Kingston
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 3
21.6 km: Finkle Shore Park, Bath, ON
51 km: No campsite! We will be staying at Queen’s University. Laundry facilities are available, bring money to buy laundry cards or take your clothes to a local “fluff & fold”.
A Buffet Lunch will be available from 11:30 AM -1:30 PM.
Cycling along the bay, Buffet Lunch at Queen’s University, having the afternoon off, laundry facilities, showers…and a bed.
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.
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. 48
The Keg and Highlander Brew Co. have again collaborated to provide us a special Bike Rally Prix Fixe menu. Proceeds from the sale of Highlander beer will be donated back to PWA. We also highly recommend what has become a tradition – Harvey Malinsky’s Grizzly Grill and Stages Night Club fundraiser. This annual event has raised thousands for PWA. This year, a portion of the proceeds will support the HIV/AIDS service organization in Kingston. See bikerally.org/daily-themes for more information.
SCHEDULE IN KINGSTON
Schedule of Activity
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Relax in some shade, make use of a complimentary therapy and enjoy a snack from the snack truck before Lunch.
Room Check-In opens. Participants will be able to pick up their room key. NOTE: Rooms will not be available until 1:00 PM
If you are staying off-campus, you will still need to check-in to pick up your meal tickets.
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Buffet Lunch, Leonard Hall, Queen’s University (just to the north of our arrival location)
Please bring the lunch ticket you were given at check-in.
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wellness Treatment available.
Participants can pick up their bins and access their rooms. Arrival in Kingston presents a new challenge for the Rubbermaid Rustlers –trucks are unloaded together, but is done one truck at a time into the building, often around tight corners and through narrow halls. Bins will be stacked in neat rows according to truck designations, as usual.
Participants must wait until after 1:00 PM when ALL bins have been unloaded and accounted for before they can access the bin storage area.
Once the Rubbermaid Rustlers confirm they have completed the unloading of the trucks and opened up access to the bins, you may take one or both of your bins up to your room, or simply take out the things you need. Please do not drag your bins along the floor. Bicycles should be taken up to a participant’s room. Queen’s University, PWA and the Bike Rally Crew are not responsible for any loss or damage of property. Please note that oversized tent bins are not taken off the trucks in Kingston. If you want to air out an oversized tent, please pack it in one of your personal bins that morning.
Please pick up any medication stored on the RV
The RV will be inaccessible after 2:00 PM until the next morning at 7:00 AM. The Wellness Crew Leader and Wellness Crew Team will be off duty in Kingston after 2:00 PM until 7:00 AM the next day. IN CASE OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY please call 911 or go to the nearest hospital (a block from Queen’s University) if you require medical attention.
The Bike Mechanics go off duty.
The Bike Mechanics have been working very hard and have the afternoon off in Kingston. If you are having mechanical trouble, please make a trip to one of the local bike shops.
FUN 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 - Remembering Why We Ride
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Kingston to Johnstown 109.9 km
On this day, Day 4, we celebrate and honour our purpose and reason for the 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 8:00AM
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. 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. Morning announcements and stretching will take place at 8:00 AM in Ban Righ Hall.
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
31.2 km: Gananoque Town Park, Gananoque, ON
66.7 km: Brown’s Bay Park by Thousand Islands (Beautiful for swimming.)
83.8 km: Armagh S. Price Park, Brockville, ON
110km: Grenville Park Campground is located just past Prescott at the foot of the bridge to the USA. Swimming and showers are both available. Please note you will need quarters to operate the showers at this campsite.
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.
Wednesday is the day we recognize our top fundraisers who will be wearing their 2016 Top Fundraiser jerseys. It’s also Pimp Your Helmet Day. Bedazzle your helmet and dress it up with feathers, streamers and jewels!
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, July 28, 2016
Johnstown to Lancaster 108.5 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
29.8 km: – Morrisburg Beach Park, Morrisburg, ON
60.6 km: Milles Roches Island
78.7 km: Cornwall Aquatic Centre, Cornwall, ON
108.4 km: Glengarry Park Campground is a beautiful wooded campground nestled along the shore of the St. Lawrence.
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.
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.
Light the Night – celebrate the journey you’ve accomplished to this point and the friends you’ve made during this adventure, by illuminating the campground into a forest of colours. Decorate your tent and campsite with glow in the dark tape, glow sticks and other items. There will be prizes for the best decorated campsite.
Day 6 - Montreal Arrival
Friday, July 29, 2016
Lancaster to Montréal 100.2 km
It has all come down to this day. Today, with excitement and anticipation, we face the last leg of our adventure – the ride in to Montréal. For 5 days we have travelled together, shared thousands of special moments – some of triumph, some surprise, all unforgettable.
We begin our final day with the circle – an annual tradition – standing together and give one final cheer for what we have collectively accomplished.
Morning Announcements will take place at approximately 7:30 AM and Departure will be at 8:00 AM
NOTE: Put a pair of shoes or sandals in the Bike Rally bag issued to you on packing day to change in to at the Arrival. Take your bag to your truck and put it in the assigned ‘Shoe Bin’. DO NOT PACK THIS BAG IN YOUR BIN. Your shoes will be at the Arrival for you to change out of your cycling shoes making the walk following the Arrival Ceremonies much more comfortable!
MORE ABOUT DAY 6
30km: Parc Wilson, Coteau-du-Lac, QC
LUNCH – NEW LOCATION
53km: Parc Bellevue on L’ile Perrot, QC
87km: Lachine Canal
Group Photos will take place in the morning before departure.
Crossing the border into Quebec, the long line of PWA’s Friends For Life Bike Rally jerseys as we ride into Montréal, and of course, our arrival.
Today we all wear our Official 2016 Bike Rally jerseys and Crew T-shirts as we arrive in Montréal.
All Riders must meet at the rendezvous point at Lachine Canal (at the beginning of the canal) by 1:30 PM. 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 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.
As the Riders make their way towards their final destination, the Crew will begin to leave the route to unload their gear and prepare the arrival area.
July 29 – 3:30 PM
Location – Place Émilie Gamelin
Located in the heart of Montréal’s Gay Village, riders will be greeted by cheers from crew, friends, family and locals. This will be an arrival with cheers, tears and beers!
As we’re riding through the city streets and to our arrival area in the park, remember the rules of the road. While we may have a police escort, all Riders MUST ride in the designated bike lane in single file and obey all traffic signals and signs.
Don’t forget to pick up your shoe bag when at our arrival!
Congratulations! After six incredible days, you have finally made it.
Riders and Crew have the option of staying at the accommodation provided by the Bike Rally at Concordia University or making their own arrangements on Friday, July 29. Accommodations at Concordia are provided for all Crew until our return trip to Toronto on Sunday, July 31 at 8:00 AM. Riders wish to stay have the option of purchasing one additional night.
Shuttle transportation is provided to Concordia University from our unpacking location, CBC Radio Canada.
As the Rustlers will be celebrating and taking part in the Montréal Arrival ceremony and need to prepare for your arrival, 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 CBC Radio Canada located a 10-minute walk along the famous pedestrian street – Ste-Catherine St. E. in the heart of Montreal’s Gay Village – (see map) 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 from your bicycle and saddle bag (helmet, wallet, ID, keys, etc.) and ensure your license plate is still attached before it is loaded onto the truck.
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 1 or Tuesday, August 2.
Please note that although the Rubbermaid Rustlers will treat your bikes with care, they are not responsible for any loss or damage. If Riders are concerned about the paint on their bicycles, we recommend using newspapers, foam pipe insulation or bubble wrap to protect your bicycle frame before loading it into the trucks.
All Participants must unpack their Rubbermaid bins at the CBC parking lot. While the Rubbermaid Rustlers supervise the unpacking 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 1.
Once you’ve unpacked your bins, a shuttle bus will transport Participants to Concordia University’s Grey Nuns Residence.
REMINDER: 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 if you require medical attention.
Participants who requested rooms will be staying at Concordia University’s Grey Nuns Residence at 1185 Rue Saint Mathieu, located on the north side of Boulevard Rene-Levesque Ouest between Rue Saint Marc and Rue Guy. Please note THERE IS NO AIR CONDITIONING at Grey Nuns Residence.
The Arrival Party at Club Unity Montréal! 1171 Rue Sainte-Catherine E.
Join us between 9:00 – 11:00 PM at to celebrate a successful journey and congratulate each other!
Friends and family are welcome.
Return to Toronto
Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31
Concordia University’s Grey Nuns Residence – 1185 Rue Saint Mathieu
Bus coach return transportation for Riders will depart from Concordia University’s Grey Nuns Residence located at 1185 Rue Saint Mathieu (north side of Boulevard Rene-Levesque Ouest between Rue Saint Marc and Rue Guy). Buses will depart from the Grey Nuns Residence entrance on Rue Guy at 1:00 PM. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. A Bike Rally representative will be there to check you in before departure.
For your convenience, two stops will be made:
- 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, July 31 departing from CBC Radio Canada parking lot promptly at 8:00 AM. Return to Toronto on Sunday is mandatory for all Crew Members. A shuttle bus will begin transporting Crew to CBC starting at 7:15 AM on Sunday, July 31.