Bike Rally Readiness at a Glance

The following will help you plan what you should do each month, to prepare for the Bike Rally.

  • Register – make sure your web site (pledge page) is up and running; add personal touches – remember donors don’t give to causes, they give to people with causes – start your fundraising now! The earlier you register, the more time you have to prepare yourself and fundraise. Registering before year end provides an opportunity to make an ask for support at a time when many people look to make a year end charitable donation.
  • Sign up for e-News: this newsletter and the website are two important sources of information in addition to the  Bike Rally Facebook page and Twitter feed
January & February
  • Book your Bike Rally Seminars
  • Start your indoor training
  • Continue training: spin classes or wind trainers, cross-country skiing, running, weight lifting, yoga
  • Book your Bike Rally Seminars
  • Continue fundraising! Let people who have donated to you know how your fundraising and training is going. Revisit your list and add more names.
March
  • Continue training
  • Avoid the spring rush take your bike in for a tune up and fitting; if you need a new bike or gear, now’s the time to get a good deal on last year’s models whether at a bike shop or at the Toronto Bike Show, Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre
  • Book your Bike Rally Seminars
  • Continue your fundraising. If you are considering a fundraising event, start planning early!
  • Check your gear: seams on bike shorts not unraveling and chamois still in place; biking shoe cleats have all their screws and helmet (mandatory) doesn’t have any cracks – even a small crack can compromise a helmets effectiveness
April
  • Training Rides start – the key to enjoying the ride itself is to train as much as possible
  • Attend the bike rally seminars you booked
  • Continue cross-training and stretching for muscle balance
  • Check your camping gear and start stocking up on what you need for the ride – look for deals on last year’s models
  • Continue fundraising
May
  • Continue training and stretching for muscle balance
  • Continue fundraising. Connect with everyone who has donated and let them know how your training and fundraising is going. Follow up with everyone who has not yet responded.
  • Training rides continue
  • By mid-Mayyou must have completed one 50 km training ride
June
  • Continue cross training and stretching for muscle balance
  • Continue fundraising – you should be at or near your minimum of $2,500 – if you’ve surpassed it, congratulations but don’t stop there – there’s never too much money.  The deadline for raising $2,500 (6-Day Riders) or $650 (1-Day Riders) is June 30.
  • Training rides continue
  • If you plan to make any changes to your equipment do it now so that you have time to adapt – DON’T make major changes three weeks out from the bike rally – that’s a bad time to realize the changes you made aren’t working
  • Attend the BIG Meeting – this is where you’ll hear the final details and see everyone all in the same place – you’ll be blown away!
  • By mid-June you must have completed one 90+ km training ride
July
  • Continue fund raising
  • Check the Packing List (twice) and make sure you have everything that you need – practice packing so that you’re sure everything will fit – practice setting up your tent if it’s new. You don’t want to be setting it up for the first time on the first night of the rally
  • By July you must have completed two 90+ km back-to-back training rides
  • Mid-July: Team Ride, the last ride before we depart for Montreal. Each team rides together on a route of their choosing – something easy, perhaps followed by brunch and last minute tips and plans.
  • Packing Day – bring all your gear to the Monsignor Fraser College – you’ll have two bins in which to fit all your gear – remember whatever you bring to Montréal you’ll have to lug home with you so pack light! This is also the day that you can hand in any last minute pledges.
  • Departure Day – hooray!! You’ve made it. This is when all that training pays off. Enjoy the day. Revel in the feeling that you’re doing an amazing thing!
  • Arrival into Montreal – Celebrate your incredible accomplishment – even the most seasoned veterans get a little misty eyed – but it’s not all fun and games – after the arrival ceremony you have to get to the residences to pick up your gear and hand in your bike which will be transported back to Toronto – get your room key and take a shower, get changed and get ready to party
August
  • Pick up your bike (location TBD), Monday (2 p.m. to 6 p.m.) and or Tuesday, (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) following your return to from Montreal. If you are staying in Montreal longer and can’t pick up your bike during the designated times please make arrangements with a friend to pick it up for you
September
  • Reunion party – this is the fix we need to get rid of the post Bike Rally blues – date and location will be announced in the e-News.
  • REGISTER FOR BIKE RALLY!
October & November
  • Attend the Bike Rally Reunion party
  • Draft your story: write a few paragraphs that speak to why you’ve committed to this amazing event and cause
  • Start fundraising! Write a list of all the people you know and send them each a personal message letting them know you’ve signed up for the Bike Rally. Ask them to support you.
  • Looking for a great deal on cycling gear – bikes, bibs, helmets, etc. – consider the annual Fall Blowout – Toronto International Bike Show
December
  • Attend the Bike Rally Holiday party
  • Continue fundraising! Revisit your list and follow up with everyone on your list.