Crew and Volunteer

CREW TEAMS

Registering as a Crew Member is a great way to make a difference and use your expertise to help others. When you serve as a Crew Member on The Ride, you will be executing Canada’s largest cycling fundraiser event and will be rewarded in ways that you’ve never imagined.

Before registering as a Crew Member, it is important to know that the hours can be long, things can change at the last minute and some teams are physically demanding.   As a Crew Member, you’ll attend the entire event in a service capacity, but you will not participate in The Ride itself.

OUR SUPPORT

Crew Members receive the same support and fundraising advice as Riders. Crew Members should always feel free to call our Ride Guides at [877] 699-BIKE [2453] for fundraising support. As a Crew Member, you are not required to fundraise, but you are strongly encouraged to reach a $500 goal so that more funds can be invested into cancer research.

Crew Members are the foundation of The Ride, and we work hard to make sure you have all the support you need.

You must be at least 16 years old to be a Crew Member.

VOLUNTEER TEAMS

Volunteers contribute their time, skills and creativity to bring The Enbridge® Ride to Conquer Cancer® to life. Volunteers help us to produce the powerful Opening Ceremonies in Toronto, build our Main Campsite in Hamilton and manage the busy Finish Line in Niagara Falls. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference, whether you are a registered participant or not.

There are many different opportunities on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday to volunteer as an individual or as a group and we look forward to working with you to find a good fit.

Call us at [877] 699-BIKE [2453] to find out more about volunteer teams in your area or Sign Up to Volunteer online. There is no registration fee to participate as a volunteer.

CREW

The Ride to Conquer Cancer is not just for cyclists — it’s for the entire community. Can’t ride the 200+ kilometers? Join one of our Crew teams and make a different kind of impact.

You’ll join us for the full weekend and experience the production side of Canada’s largest cycling fundraiser event. As crew, you too will get to join in on the celebrations at camp in Hamilton and at the finish line in Niagara Falls. All your meals are included for the weekend as well as transportation back to Toronto.

In order for us to support you to work and travel with us for two days, there is a $25 fee to help us cover the cost of these amenities. There are many teams to choose from and whichever one you pick, you’ll be the heart of our event, creating a life changing experience for everyone involved.

Ready to join the Crew? Register today by clicking on the Join Crew Button

YOUR CREW COACH

Your Crew Coach is your leader and will be there to inform you, guide you and share in this experience with you. As the event date approaches, you will have a Team Captain to help support you through the experience but feel free to reach out to your Crew Coach any time.

ontarioridecrew@conquercancer.ca  or call 416-729-5358.

FUNDRAISING

We give all Crew members a goal of $500 and encourage everyone to do the best they can to help us raise record funds. Since 2008 the Ride has raised over $175 million dollars towards cancer research and we won’t stop there. You never know who has been touched by cancer and may want to contribute to your efforts in supporting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.  Call us at 1-877-699-2453 to get your personal page set up today.

FAQS

 

What kind of Crew teams are there?

New to Crew?

Click below to review all the Crew teams for the 2018 event.

Teams Doc PDF

Already registered?

Review the 2018 teams, download your Crew Assignment form and then send it back to us completed to secure your preferred team.

Assignment Doc

 

My friends and family are riding as part of a team. Can I still be a part of that team as a Crew member?

Definitely! Your fundraising can be added to a rider team total and you can join them at camp for the festivities, just make sure you let your Crew Coach and Team Captain know so we can schedule your shift accordingly.

 

How old must I be to join Crew?

You have to be 16 years old or older to join our Crew teams. Anyone between ages 16 to 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the same role and area during the event weekend.

 

Do you accept groups?

Absolutely. We encourage groups of friends, classmates and colleagues to join us for an incredible experience. Whether you’re looking for a team building opportunity or a chance to give back to the community, we’ve got it all.

 

Do you provide food for crew?

We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks both Saturday and Sunday for our Crew members. Alternatively, we also provide a vegetarian/gluten free option. Please note however that for all other allergies or preferences to please bring your own lunch and snacks.

 

How many volunteer hours am I credited with?

Crew members are credited with 40 volunteer hours for the full two day commitment.

 

Do I have to fundraise as a crew member?

Crew members get all the same support as the Riders so we encourage all our Crew to help us raise funds. It’s easier than you think and you never know who has been touched by cancer and may want to contribute to your efforts.

 

Do you provide camping accommodations for crew?

We have tents already set up for Crew joining us at Main Camp in Hamilton. Drop off your overnight gear with us on Saturday morning and we’ll make sure it’s waiting for you at Camp when you arrive.

 

Do I need to drive myself or have access to a car?

We take care of your transportation on event, from the start line to camp on Saturday and from the finish in Niagara Falls back to Toronto.   As long as you can meet us at the start line, we’ve got you covered from there.

 

I would like to bring my own vehicle to help offset the event costs. How does this work?

Many Crew choose to bring their own vehicles on event to help offset costs. If you are on a Road Team and you decide to bring a personally owned vehicle, please keep your gas receipts for Saturday and Sunday so we can reimburse you.

VOLUNTEER INFO

There are many different opportunities on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday to volunteer as an individual or as a group and we look forward to working with you to find a good fit. We have lots of teams to choose from and all volunteers are provided with snacks and hydration.

Call us at [877] 699-BIKE [2453] to find out more about volunteer programs in your area or Sign Up to Volunteer online. There is no registration fee to participate as a volunteer.

What are some of the VOLUNTEERS opportunities?

  • Camp Volunteers: Meet us in Hamilton on Friday, Saturday or Sunday to help us build the Main Campground for the overnight stay. We’ll set up and take down sleeping tents, tables and chairs and more over the course of the event weekend.
  • Friday Event Volunteers: Join us onsite the day before to help with opening ceremonies set-up, bike parking and more.
  • Saturday Event Volunteers: Come out on Day 1 of the event weekend to help with Rider check in, water stations, tear down and more.
  • Finish Line Volunteers: Join us in Niagara Falls at the finish line to welcome riders and help them prepare for their travel back to Toronto
  • Sunday Afternoon/Evening Volunteers: Join us on Day 2 downtown and help us welcome back all the riders, unload bags and bikes from Niagara Falls.

WHO IS MY VOLUNTEER COACH?

Your Volunteer Coach is your cheerleader and main information resource. They are there to communicate event details and listen to your feedback and questions whole helping you on your journey. As the event date approaches, you will have a Team Captain to help support you through the experience but feel free to reach out to your Volunteer Coach any time.

ontarioridecrew@conquercancer.ca  or call 416-729-5358.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION/FAQS

What is the difference between Crew and volunteer?

Crew members commit to helping us out all day Saturday and all day Sunday for the full duration of the event and travel along with us from Toronto to Niagara Falls. Because of this large commitment, Crew members pay a registration fee to secure their meals for two days, a tent at Camp for the overnight stay and transportation back from Niagara Falls.

Will I get my meals provided as a volunteer?

Since volunteers commit to short shifts, we provide hydration and snacks for all event volunteers. If you are available to commit to supporting us for the full two day weekend, we encourage you to register as Crew to join us for both days of the event. Register here

Do you offer volunteers a letter confirming hours?

If you require a letter of volunteer hours, please let your Volunteer Coach know in advance. We can email you a letter post event, or sign off in person if you can bring forms with you. Crew members receive an automatic 40 hours and volunteer hours are based on the hours worked.

Can I help fundraise as a volunteer?

Absolutely! Since 2008 the Ride has raised over $175 million dollars towards cancer research and we won’t stop there. You never know who has been touched by cancer and may want to contribute to your efforts in supporting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Let your Volunteer Coach know you want to help raise funds to make a plan today.

Event Locations & Parking

 

Toronto Start Location

Exhibition Place, Parking Lot 2
200 Princes’ Boulevard
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Toronto Upload & Parking Lot

Toronto Port Lands Company – Parking Lot C
51 Commissioners Street
Toronto, ON M5A 1A6
*Toronto Route Crew Busses will leave from this location!

 

Camp Location

McMaster University (Athletic / 10-acre Field)
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

Camp Upload & Parking Lot Location

Upload / St. Mary Catholic Secondary School (Parking Lot)
86 Rifle Range Rd
Hamilton ON L8S 3B4
*Shuttle will run every 5MIN between Upload and McMaster University on both Saturday & Sunday.

 

Niagara Falls Start & Finish Location

7200 Niagara Parkway
Niagra Falls, Ontario
(across from the Niagara Floral Showhouse)
*Niagara Route Crew Busses will leave from this location!

Niagara Falls Upload Lot Location

7200 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario
(across from the Niagara Floral Showhouse)
*Niagara Route Crew Busses will leave from this location!

Niagra Falls Parking Lot Location
Upper Rapids Parking Lot located off of Upper Rapids Blvd and Portage Rd

  • $10 per vehicle/day
  • $20 per vehicle/overnight Sat/Sun
  • $30 per vehicle/overnight Fri – Sun

Details: Ticket booth Attendants at both sites issuing day passes

 

NOTE: For easier travel, please access parking lot from Portage Rd instead of Niagara Parkway. Once you have parked your vehicle, proceed to the WEGO shuttle stop in the parking lot for a complimentary shuttle ride to the ceremonies site.

All Crew Meetings

 

The All Crew Meeting is your opportunity to receive important event weekend information, meet your Team Captain, fellow Crew Members if you haven’t already, get excited for the weekend and get your Crew Kit. Your Crew Kit will include your t-shirt along with your wristband that gives you full event access to meals, and two free drinks when you arrive at Camp!

If you can’t make it to this meeting or are a returning crew member, you can request your Team Captain to pick up your shirt/credentials for you.

 

Toronto All Crew Meeting

All Crew Meeting Date and Time:
Friday, June 8th at 6:00pm

Team Captains Meeting Date and Time:
Friday, June 8th at 5:00pm

All Crew Meeting Location:
Enercare Centre Salon 103
100 Princes’ Boulevard
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

All Crew Meeting Parking Details:
Free Parking available underground – Access from the West Entrance.
Please let the attendant know that you are a crew member with the Ride to Conquer Cancer.

NOTE: Vehicles with bikes on roof racks will not be permitted in underground overnight parking lots.

 

Niagara Falls All Crew Meeting

All Crew Meeting Date and Time:
Friday, June 8th at 6:00pm

Team Captains Meeting Date and Time:
Friday, June 8th at 5:00pm

All Crew Meeting Location:
Marriot on the Falls Hotel (Host Hotel Niagara) – Salon B (3rd floor)
6755 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3W7

All Crew Meeting Parking Details:
On-site parking, fee: 29 CAD daily
*Free Shuttle available from Toronto to Niagara on Friday, please refer to Bus Schedule!

Crew Bus Schedule

Official 2018 Crew Bus Schedule

FRIDAY SHUTTLES FOR NIAGARA CREW ONLY!

Pick-Up Location:
Exhibition Place (Enercare), Parking Lot 2 – 200 Princes’ Boulevard – Toronto, ON

Drop-Off Location:
Marriott on the Falls, 6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3W7

Departure Times: 1:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

NOTE: The Friday Shuttles Will Only Run from Toronto To Niagara. Overnight parking will be available for the entire weekend. Please note that these shuttle buses will take you directly to our Event Host Hotel, Marriott on the Falls. You MUST reserve your spot on this Friday afternoon/evening shuttle during Online Check In (OCI). Only CREW with their name on the roster will be guaranteed a seat on the shuttle; all other participants will be placed on standby.

(For Bike Tech & First Responders only): Your bike will be handled safely by our Official Bike Transportation Partner, Mackie Group, and taken directly to the Start Line in Niagara Falls. It will be placed in our secure overnight bike parking area.

 

SATURDAY MORNING SHUTTLES

A complimentary shuttle service will run from the Host Hotel to the Upload lot on Saturday morning in both Toronto and Niagara. There will be no shuttle service back to the Host Hotel on Sunday.

Toronto Shuttles from Host Hotel (Intercontinental): Loading at 5:00am and departs at 5:15AM

Niagara Shuttles from Host Hotel (Sheraton on the Falls): Loading at 5:00am and departs at 5:15AM

**Please note, Toronto Crew Shuttles for teams along the route will be departing from 51 Commissioners Street, Toronto, ON M5A 1A6 Saturday morning. Complimentary overnight and weekend parking will be available at this location. Be sure to check the Crew Shuttle Schedule for departure times**

 

SUNDAY SHUTTLES

A luxury coach bus will depart from the Finish Line in Niagara Falls and take you back to Exhibition Place and the Upload Lot in Toronto. These Shuttles will repeatedly run throughout the day beginning at 12:00pm and depart when full.

NOTE: The Sunday Shuttles Will Only Run from Niagara to Toronto. There will be NO shuttles to host hotels on Sunday.

Hotels

 

Please refer to our Event Schedule for Hotel information:
https://ride.conquercancer.ca/toronto/about/event-details/

The Routes

NOTE: Routes are subject to change. Please note that there will only be one finish line in Niagara Falls on Sunday June 10th.

THE CLASSIC

Toronto to Niagara Falls: Our historic 200-plus-kilometres route that kicks off at a new start line continues to sell out year after year.

Click here to view the map of The Classic Day One.

Click here to view the map of The Classic Day Two.

THE CLASSIC PLUS  

Toronto to Niagara Falls: The approximate 250-kilometres route leaves from Toronto and offers an elevated route experience with an extended 30 kilometres. This route will take you through the scenic regions of Peel, Halton Hills, Hamilton and Niagara.

Click here to view the map of The Classic Plus Day One.

Wondering where to meet your team before the finish line?

This year we have introduced your very own team meet up point located in Kingsbridge Park on the Niagara Parkway and 2 km away from the finish line.  Join your fellow teammates and cross the finish-line together. The stop will close at 5pm sharp. For more details, please view the interactive route link.

THE NIAGARA TURNAROUND

Niagara Falls to Niagara Falls:  Click here to view the map of The Niagara Day One.

Faqs

What kind of Crew teams are there?

Download the list of Crew teams from our Crew Kit!

Register by clicking the register link below and be sure to download the Crew Assignment Form from the Crew Kit and email it to Crew Coordinator Alexandra Vrzovski at avrzovski@conquercancer.ca

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TODAY!

My friends and family are riding as part of a team. Can I still be a part of that team as a Crew member?

Definitely! You can be a Crew member as well as part of your favourite team. Your fundraising can be combined and you can join them at camp for the festivities

How old must I be to join Crew?

You have to be 16 years old or older to join our Crew team. Anyone 16-18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the same role and area during the event weekend. We also encourage groups of friends or classmates to join us with the accompaniment and supervision of a school teacher or parent.

Register today and fill out the assignment form and mail or email it to the Crew & Volunteer Coordinator Alexandra Vrzovski at avrzovski@conquercancer.ca or mailed to 101-460 Richmond Street, Toronto, ON M5V1Y1.

Do you accept groups?

Totally! If you and some friends want to crew together, let our Crew Coordinator know on your assignment form!

What Should I bring on event weekend?

Here are some suggestions of what to pack:

  • Personal Identification, Money and Credit Card
  • Comfortable Clothing for both days of the event that suite the predicted weather
  • Rain gear and Rain boots
  • Change of footwear (optional)
  • Sunblock and hat
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Change of shirt
  • Sweater/ long sleeve
  • Warm long pants/comfy pants for at camp
  • Pyjamas/Pajamas
  • Extra socks
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping Pad for tent
  • Towel
  • Flashlight
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Soap/Shampoo and Condition (showers available at camp)
  • Small mirror, hair ties, earplugs
  • Charging cords for any electronics

** These are suggestions. Please pack according to your needs.

Do you provide food for crew?

We provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks both Saturday and Sunday for our Crew members. Alternatively, we also provide a vegetarian/gluten free option. Please note however that for all other allergies or preferences to please bring your own lunch and snacks.

 

Is there an orientation beforehand?

We are holding a mandatory All-Crew meeting Friday June 8th in both Toronto and Niagara Falls. See below for information on both meetings.

Toronto All Crew Meeting

Friday, June 8th at 6:00pm

Enercare Centre Salon 103, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Niagara Falls All Crew Meeting

Marriot on the Falls Hotel (Host Hotel Niagara) – Salon B (3rd floor)
6755 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3W7

 

How many volunteer hours am I credited with?

Crew members are credited with 40 volunteer hours for the full two day commitment. A letter can be provided for you.

 

Do I have to fundraise as a crew member?

There is no fundraising minimum to join Crew, however we recommend setting a fundraising goal of so that more funds can be invested into cancer research.

 

Do you provide camping accommodations for crew?

We have tents already set up for Crew joining us at the camp site. Bring your own sleeping bag!

 

Do I need to drive myself or have access to a car?

We take care of your transportation on event, from start line to camp and from the finish in Niagara Falls back to Toronto, we have you covered! Our Sweep team is encouraged to bring their own cars for the entire event.

 

WHERE DO I GO ON SATURDAY MORNING?

 TORONTO Crew TEAMS

Bike Parking/ Gear Team/ Food Service/ Bike Tech/ First Responder/ Moto Safety

Exhibition Place, Parking Lot 2
200 Princes’ Boulevard
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Camp Setup & Takedown / Massage/ Camp Medical/ Pitstops/Snack Support/Sweep/Green Team/ Bus Liaison/ Caboose/ Taxi

Toronto Port Lands Company – Parking Lot C
51 Commissioners Street
Toronto, ON M5A 1A6

 

NIAGARA Crew TEAMs

Bike Parking/ Gear Team/ Bike Tech/ First Responder/ Moto Safety Food Service/ Camp Setup & Takedown / Massage/ Camp Medical/ Pitstops/Snack Support/Sweep/Green Team/ Bus Liaison/ Caboose/ Taxi

7200 Niagara Parkway
(across from the Niagara Floral Showhouse)
Niagara Falls, Ontario

 


WHERE DO I GO ON SUNDAY MORNING?

*All Crew busses will depart from our Crew Upload Location located below:
McMaster University –1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8 McMaster Off-Campus Resource Centre Complimentary shuttle from McMaster to Upload running both days.

Important Volunteer Information/Faqs

WHERE DO I GO AT THE START OF MY SHIFT

Please always check in with the local Volunteer Check In tent on our event sites.

Depending on where you are from, please find the event site locations below:

TORONTO (EXHIBITION PLACE)

Exhibition Place, Parking Lot 2
200 Princes’ Boulevard
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

CAMP (MCMASTER UNIVERSITY)

McMaster University (Athletic / 10-acre Field)
1280 Main St W
Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

NIAGARA FALLS (ACROSS FROM THE FLOWER SHOWHOUSE)

7200 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Your volunteer coach will provide you with a volunteer letter. You will fill in your name and the number of hours that you worked. If you forgot to get your letter on event, contact your volunteer coach Alexandra Vrzovski at avrzovski@conquercancer.ca

HOW DO I VOLUNTEER AT MORE EVENTS?

Your volunteer coach can provide you with more information about other volunteer opportunities throughout the year. These include other events and office volunteer opportunities.

Contact Alexandra Vrzovski at avrzovski@conquercancer.ca

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