Event Details

Weekend Snapshot

Here you can find all the information you’ll need for Ride weekend! This event is truly an epic experience for Riders… From taking part in the inspirational Opening Ceremonies to setting out on your 200 kilometre journey to enjoying our overnight camp filled with delicious food, great music and wonderful company, The Ride is unlike any other cycling challenge. Check back to this page often, as we’ll be continually updating it with more details!

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

  • 1:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. Niagara Shuttles will depart from Exhibition Place to Niagara Falls
  • 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Bike Drop Off and Packet Pick Up available in Toronto
  • 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Bike Drop Off available at Niagara Start
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Packet Pick Up available at the Marriott on The Falls Host Hotel in Niagara

Saturday

  • 6:30 a.m. Check-In Services and Breakfast Available
  • 7:30 a.m. All participants On-site
  • 8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies Begins
  • 1:00 p.m. 9:00 p.m.  Camp Festivities Open to Riders, Friends and Family
  • 6:00 p.m. Camp Show

Sunday

  • 4:30 a.m. Breakfast Available
  • 6:00 a.m. Route Opens
  • 7:30 a.m. All Riders Must Be on Route
  • 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Finish Line Festivities Open to Riders, Friends and Family in Niagara Falls
  • 12:00 p.m. Shuttle service begins back to Toronto

Fundraising Commitments

In order to participate in The 2019 Ride, you must reach the Minimum Fundraising Commitment based on your registration option.

One Day Rider

$2,000.00
if registered by
April 5, 2019

$2,500.00
if registered after
April 5, 2019

Two Day Rider

$2,500.00
if registered by
April 5, 2019

$3,000.00
if registered after
April 5, 2019

The Hammer

$4,000.00
if registered by
April 5, 2019

$4,500.00
if registered after
April 5, 2019

Not quite at the fundraising finish line? You can also choose to make an instant or delayed self-pledge during Online Check-In*:

  • Instant Self-Pledge: Make a self-donation during Online Check-In to complete the minimum fundraising goal.
  • Delayed Self-Pledge: Or simply commit to raising the minimum fundraising goal by August 7, 2019 with a $2 donation on your credit card. Your credit card information will then be securely stored until August 7, when the balance will be charged to your account.

*Online Check-in will begin on April 16, 2019.

Gear

Included in your packet you will receive luggage tag(s) to use for your gear. Please include your First Name, Last Name and Participant I.D. on this luggage tag.

Gear Drop Off will be available Saturday morning at any of the event parking lots associated with our event. Our amazing Gear Crew Teams will be there to collect your gear and transport it to Camp for you. Gear Drop Locations are also available on-site for those participants taking a shuttle from the event host hotel.

Gear Drop Off will be open Sunday morning before you get back on the route. Once again, our amazing Gear Crew Teams will collect your gear and transport it to the Finish line for you. Don’t forget to pick up your gear before you get on your shuttle bus back to Toronto!

SHUTTLE SCHEDULE

Friday

  • 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. – (The Shuttles will leave promptly at each time)
  • NOTE: The Friday Shuttles Will Only Run From Toronto To Niagara
    A shuttle bus and truck for your bikes will be waiting for you. Overnight parking will be available for the entire weekend. Please note that these Ride shuttle buses will take you directly to our Event Host Hotel, Marriott on the Falls. You MUST reserve your spot on this Friday evening shuttle during Online Check In (OCI). Only riders with their name on the roster will be guaranteed a seat on the shuttle; all other participants will be placed on standby.
  • 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

Shuttles will run between 6:00 am and 6:45 am from each start line Host Hotel in Niagara and Toronto to the respective start line.

Toronto

Niagara

One Day Rider Shuttle (Hamilton – Toronto)

There will be a complimentary One Day Rider Shuttle and a separate truck for your bike provided to those returning to Toronto on Saturday evening from Camp in Hamilton. More information to come soon. There will be two departure times: 7:30 p.m. and 9:00p.m.

  • Pick-Up Location: McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West , Hamilton, ON
  • Drop-Off Location: Exhibition Place (Enercare), Parking Lot 2 – 200 Princes’ Boulevard – Toronto, ON

Sunday

A luxury coach for you and separate truck for your bike, provided by Mackie Group, will depart from the Finish Line in Niagara Falls and take you back to Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Shuttles will repeatedly run throughout the day beginning at 12:00 p.m. and depart when full.

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

Always start with safety

 

  • Remember: this is a ride, not a race!
  • Wear a helmet and carry a patch kit, tire levers, spare tube, and pump at all times.
  • Know and obey all traffic signals, signs, markings, laws and regulations, unless otherwise instructed by a Police Officer on route.
  • Always ride predictably and in control. Ride in a straight line, and consciously try to avoid excessive weaving back and forth. In most vehicle-bicycle accidents, motorists say they never saw the bicyclists, or didn’t see them in time to avoid the collision.
  • Always use hand signals to indicate that you are going to make a right or left turn or are about to stop; motorists and cyclists need to know what you intend to do. If your hands aren’t free as you slow or stop, call out “SLOWING” or “STOPPING”. When stopping, pull to the right edge of the road. Move completely off the road to rest or make repairs.
  • Call out, “ON YOUR LEFT!” when passing at all times. Also, don’t stop or slow down without letting other cyclists and drivers know your intentions in advance. Call out, “STOPPING!” or “SLOWING!”
  • Cycle with traffic, never against it. When moving from one lane to another, always give way to traffic.
  • Keep to the right of the road at all times and leave other Riders plenty of room to pass on your left. The exception to this rule occurs when preparing for a left turn or avoiding unsafe road conditions (potholes, construction, etc.).
  • Always stop at stop signs and look right, left, then right again before entering the road.
  • Always make left turns from the appropriate left-turn lane.
  • Ride single file when cycling with a group. Do not ride side by side.
  • Always be on the lookout for a person in the driver’s seat of any parked car you may pass. Parked drivers are notorious for swinging their doors open suddenly or pulling out into traffic without checking for bicyclists.
  • Drafting behind other cyclists can be dangerous and leaves very little room for error. These techniques should never be used in high traffic areas or on roads with frequent intersections.

We encourage experienced Riders to join our Rider Safety Team, click here for more information or if you wish to join.

Parking

More information to come soon!

The Routes

 

NOTE: Routes are subject to change and the 2019 routes are currently in development. Please note that there will only be one finish line in Niagara Falls on Sunday, June 9th.

THE CLASSIC

Toronto to Niagara Falls: Our historic 200+ kilometres route that kicks off at the Exhibition Place start line continues to sell out year after year.

Please note, the route displayed below are our 2018 routes. 2019 Routes are in development!

Click here to view the 2018 map of The Classic Day One.

Click here to view the 2018 map of The Classic Day Two.

THE CLASSIC PLUS

Please note, the route displayed below are our 2018 routes. 2019 Routes are in development!

Toronto to Niagara Falls: This 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 2018 map of The Classic Plus.

THE NIAGARA TURNAROUND

Please note, the route displayed below are our 2018 routes. 2019 Routes are in development!

Niagara Falls to Niagara Falls: This 230 kilometre route showcases beautiful views from the top of the escarpment in the Niagara and Hamilton Region. Along the way, participants will enjoy Ontario’s picturesque countryside and discover that Niagara is home to many beautiful vineyards.

Click here to view the 2018 map of The Niagara Turnaround.

THE ONE DAY RIDE

Please note, the route displayed below are our 2018 routes. 2019 Routes are in development!

Not able to ride for the full two days? Not a problem! The One Day Ride* on Saturday, June 8, 2019 is the perfect alternative and is great way to get involved and raise vital funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
*Limited to 500 spots. The route will follow the same as The Classic Day One.

Click here to view the 2018 map of The Classic Day One.

THE HAMMER

New for 2019 comes this two-day, 260+ kilometre Ride experience for Riders looking for an additional challenge. Riders will have the chance to lead out the pack from the start line in Toronto, before splitting towards the Halton Region. Along the way Riders will be privileged to an elevated lunch experience as a reward for those extra kilometers and hills!

Click here to view the preliminary map of The Hammer.

Rider & Crew Packet Pick-up

Rider & Crew Packet Pick-Up Information

Toronto

Wednesday, June 5

  • 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Rider Early Packet Pick-up at Enercare Centre, Salon 101

Thursday, June 6

  • 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rider Early Packet Pick-up at Enercare Centre, Salon 101

Friday, June 7

  • 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Rider Early Packet Pick-up at Toronto Start Line (Exhibition Place bike parking)
  • 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Crew Packet Pick-Up at Enercare Centre, Salon 101

Note: Packet Pick-Up will also be available at the Toronto Start Line beginning at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019. It is strongly encouraged that you retrieve your packet before this date.

Niagara

Friday, June 7

  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Rider Early Packet Pick-up at The Marriott on the Falls in Niagara
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Crew Packet Pick Up at The Marriott on the Falls in Niagara

Note: Packet Pick-Up will also be available beginning at the Niagara Start Line 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019. It is strongly encouraged that get your packet before this date.

Additional Pick-up Information

Here are some additional items available for pick-up before and on event weekend:

Ride jersey, Ambassador jersey, Ambassador patch, Gold helmet and Platinum helmet pick-up

  • Wednesday, June 5: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Enercare Centre, Salon 101 (100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3)
  • Thursday, June 6: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Enercare Centre, Salon 101 (100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3)
  • Friday, June 7: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Toronto Start Line (bike parking) & 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Marriott on the Falls in Niagara

Gear Up Challenge prizing and Ride Badge pick-up

  • Friday, June 7: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Toronto Start Line (bike parking) & 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Marriott on the Falls in Niagara
  • Saturday, June 8: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Toronto Start Line (information tent) & 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McMaster Camp (registration tent)
  • Sunday, June 9: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at McMaster Camp (registration tent) & 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Niagara Finish Line (registration tent)

Survivor flag

  • Friday, June 7: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Toronto Start Line (near bike parking)
  • Saturday, June 8: 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. at Toronto Start Line (near bike parking) & 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. at Niagara Start Line (near bike parking)

Please note that jersey exchanges can only be made during event weekend.

Bike Drop Off

Secured overnight Bike Parking will be available on Friday evening. Riders are encouraged to drop off their bicycles between 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., to avoid the difficulty of arriving on Day 1 with both bike and luggage in tow.

Gear drop off will not be available Friday evening.

Gear drop off will only be available Saturday morning in event parking lots.

Toronto

Exhibition Place, Parking Lot 2
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Please take advantage of Friday Bike Drop off as majority of overnight parking at the Toronto start location will be underground parking. Vehicles with bikes on roof racks will not be permitted in underground overnight parking lots.

Niagara Falls

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

10-min drop off parking available at Floral Showhouse.

NOTE: No curb-side drop off will be permitted.

Opening Ceremonies

Opening Ceremonies will begin promptly at 8:00 am at both locations.

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

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

Please be sure to select your route option during registration or online check-in. You have the option to start from either Toronto or Niagara Falls for your journey to Hamilton for Day 1.

Please note the addition of the new The Hammer route for 2019 and select this route if you’re up for a physical and fundraising challenge! More details can be found in the Routes section.

Invite your friends and family members to see you off on your epic weekend! Food and beverages will be provided for all Riders and Crew.

Cheering Stations

 

The 2019 route is currently under development. More information to come soon.

Camp

Athletic Fields at
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON

Friends and Family are welcome to join you at Camp as you finish an EPIC Day 1! Food and beverages are provided for all Riders and Crew and will also be available for friends and family to purchase. Camp is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hotels

Toronto

 

Intercontinental Hotel
Toronto Centre 225 Front Street West
Toronto ON, M5V 2X3

Web: Intercontinental Hotel

Deadline to Book:
Friday May 9, 2019

Phone:
1 [800] 235-4670

*Please request special convention rate for Ride to Conquer Cancer

Niagara

 

Marriott on the Falls
6755 Fallsview Blvd
Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3W7

Web: Marriot

Deadline to Book:
May 15, 2019

Phone:
1 [877] 353-2557

*All bookings must be made via phone, ensure that you state that you are a Ride to Conquer Cancer participant.

Hamilton, Camp

 

McMaster University – Residence Halls on McMaster Campus

Address: Camp – 1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

Web booking link: https://conferencereg.mcmaster.ca/go/conferences/rtcc128–2019

Alternatively, we have some great special room rates available at the accommodations listed below. These are only a short ride/drive away and include; the Residence and Conference Centre at Mohawk College, The Comfort Inn Burlington & The Admiral Inn Burlington. See rates and booking details below…book now – don’t miss out!

Rates:

  • Single Occupancy Rooms: $58 + taxes per room, night.
  • Double/Triple/ Quad Occupancy Rooms: $114 + taxes per room, per night.

Housekeeping: Fresh bed linens, towels, face cloth and soap will be provided for all guests.

Check In/Out details:

  • Check-In Time: after 12:00 p.m.
  • Check-Out Time: before 8:00 a.m.
  • Check-in Location: McMaster camp site, find our tent!
  • Check-Out Location: lobby of your assigned building

Additional Info:

  • For any questions, please e-mail reserve@mcmaster.ca.
  • McMaster accommodation reservations and are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Please make sure that your attendance is confirmed prior to making a booking.
  • Please book via link above. McMaster staff cannot secure any rooms via phone or e-mail.

Additional Camp Hotels in Hamilton

Residence and Conference Centre at Mohawk College– 6 km from McMaster

Address: 245 Fennell Ave W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1G3, located at Mohawk College
Phone: [905] 385-3200
E-mail: hamilton@stayrcc.com for reservations, (to receive special rate please call in)
Rate: $119.95 CAD, plus applicable taxes per night. Double to Quad occupancy. Incl Parking/Internet/Local Calls
Deadline Date: May 13, 2019
Additional Info: When making a phone booking, please reference “Ride to Conquer Cancer” to get a discounted rate. The group block ID is: 704765. Reservations are pre-paid and will open on January 11th 2019.

Redeemer University College – 13 km from McMaster

Address: 777 Garner Rd E, Ancaster, ON L9K 1J4
Phone: [905] 648-2139 ext. 4124
Web: https://www.redeemer.ca/services/conference-services/facilities/guest-accommodations/
(To receive special rate, please call or e-mail using the special booking code RIDE)
Rates:

  • Four Bedroom Townhouse (sleeps 8) – $185 per night
  • Three Bedroom Apartment (sleeps 6) – $155 per night
  • Two Bedroom Apartment (sleeps 4) – $88 per night

Additional Info: All inquiries can be directed to stay@redeemer.ca or [905] 648-2139 ext. 4124. Please reference code “RIDE” to get discounted rate. Please note that the Redeemer University College is an alcohol and smoke free campus.

The Comfort Inn Burlington – 17 km from McMaster

Address: 3290 South Service Road, Burlington, ON, L7N 3M6
Phone: [905] 639-1700
Web: http://www.burlingtoncomfortinn.com/ (to receive special rate please call in)
Rate: $149.95+taxes per room/per night (includes breakfast, parking, local calls and Wi-Fi)
Booking Deadline: May 9, 2019
Additional Info: Please kindly call the hotel directly at 1 [877] 376-5301 (or locally at [905] 639-1700). Please reference “Ride to Conquer Cancer” to get a discounted rate.

The Admiral Inn –  19 km from McMaster

Address: 3500 Billings Ct, Burlington, ON L7N 3N6
Phone: [905] 639-4780
Web: http://www.admiralinn.com/burlington/  (to receive special rate please call in)
Rate: $139.95+taxes per room/per night (includes breakfast, parking, local calls and Wi-Fi)
Booking Deadline: May 9, 2019
Additional Info: Please kindly call the hotel directly at 1 [877] 236-4661 (or locally at [905] 639-4780). Please reference “Ride to Conquer Cancer” to get a discounted rate.

Finish Line

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

Have your friends and family join and celebrate you as you cross the finish line! Food and beverages are provided for all Riders and Crew and will also be available for friends and family to purchase.

There will only be one finish line in Niagara Falls on Sunday June 9th.

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