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The Ride is a bold endeavor to Conquer Cancer. The money raised for The Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation, supporting breakthrough research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer.

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We’re all in this together and we all want to make a difference. While we’re not able to come together in person this year, there are ways for you to continue to support our life-saving mission and have fun while doing it yourself.

Set goals, make them public and finish by (or on) the Celebration Ride, Saturday, August 29. It could be a goal of riding a certain number of times. Perhaps it’s a total number of kilometres or total number of hours. Maybe it’s a destination. Be creative. It’s your chance to create a challenge that’s your own. Every drop of sweat counts when raising critically important funds for cancer research.

Some examples we have already heard of:

  • A Rider and her young son are training for a 50 kilometre Ride together on August 29.
  • A Rider has committed to riding 2,500 kilometres between April and August 29 and raising a dollar for each kilometre.
  • A Rider has committed to do the triple crown in Vancouver on August 29: Summiting Mt. Seymour, Grouse Mountain and Cypress Mountain to represent the challenges our patients go through of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
  • A team is adding up all of their summer ride kilometres to virtually cross Canada. They just reached Halifax and have now set their sights on Europe and Asia!
  • To celebrate 976 days cancer free, a Rider is going to do 976 kilometres of activity (paddling, cycling and running) by August 29.

Getting on our bikes and riding can still make a difference. Ride On!

By Lindsay Carswell
Senior Director, Ride to Conquer Cancer
May 14, 2020

Our health leaders have made it clear, physical distancing remains crucial in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, but it’s also important to get outside and exercise. Both will contribute to a strengthened immune system and mental stability. Cycling is a great way to keep your body and mind active, and during this extraordinary period, this is more important than ever.

BC’s Restart Plan, released by Premier John Horgan on May 6th encouraged us to get outdoors and enjoy the splendour of British Columbia (albeit close to home!). The days are getting longer and warmer so the timing couldn’t be better.

If you have access to a bicycle and meet the guidelines to be out in public, I encourage you to get out and ride. The roads are quieter and the weather is getting warmer. It’s a great time to feel some wind in your face!

To protect yourself and those around you, there are some important considerations and practices to be mindful of as we cautiously enter Phase 2 of BC’s Restart Plan.

Keep your bike well maintained
Bike shops have been categorized as an essential service so you should be able to find one available. Avoid mid-ride mechanical breakdowns or accidents by getting a tune up. This is a great opportunity to support your local business.

Limit your exposure to others
It is still safest to ride alone or with people of the same household. If you do chose to ride with others, health experts are saying it’s important to start slow and continue to be cautious. Limit your group size to six trusted friends.

Those who spend their time with elderly people, or with those who are immune-compromised, should think twice about getting too social.

Keep your distance
Ride in open spaces where there are fewer people or where people are more spread out. You should maximize the distance between you and anyone else you are following or leading, maintaining at least 2 meters. Focus on staying out of the ‘slipstream’ of others for any period of time and use a bell or audibly inform other cyclists when you are passing.

Ride during quieter times of the day
Physical distancing will be easier during days and times that are least busy in your community.

Ride close to home
Our Premier and Health Minister have made it clear that we should not yet travel to other communities for non-essential reasons. If you drive to nearby trails or park spaces, prevent congestion at trailheads and parking lots by parking some distance away.

Practice safe cycling
Reduce the risk of requiring medical attention by riding on low-traffic, familiar lower-speed roads and bike lanes if available. Ride in a safe manner, avoiding high speeds, and practicing all other common cycling road safety habits.

Reduce your risk
Bring your own drink and nutrition with you so you aren’t required to stop anywhere or ask others for a snack. Avoid touching things with your fingers (like pedestrian buttons at intersections) and wash your hands when you get home.

Smile!
Wear your Ride jersey or team jersey if you have one. Wear it with pride. You’re part of a special community and you have the ability to make people happy with a simple smile or a wave. It’s is a feel-good move for anyone. 😉

We encourage all of our Riders to stay informed of all recommendations of health leaders in their area and modify behaviour as advised.

Dear Riders,

I write to share that we’ve made the difficult and heartbreaking decision to postpone the mass gathering, 2-day 2020 Ride to Conquer Cancer to 2021.

We will mark ‘Ride weekend’, August 29-30 2020, with an innovative celebration as a community to honour the people we ride for, and continue our great work in raising awareness and funds for BC Cancer. Please hold the date in your calendar as creative plans are underway.

This decision did not come lightly. We know how much this event means to you. And, I assure you, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, presented by Wheaton Precious Metals is –and will continue to be– critical to funding life-saving work at BC Cancer.

Your health and safety and our role in helping keep our at-risk populations safe are paramount in our decision-making. Our Provincial Health Officer has shared it will be unlikely to host an event with thousands of people in the months to come. We also recognize the significant financial impacts and challenges that many riders and supporters are facing right now due to the economic turmoil caused by COVID-19.

You and our collective Ride community mean the world to us at the BC Cancer Foundation. In the face of COVID-19, cancer doesn’t stop, and neither will we.

Every dollar you raise throughout 2020 will be applied to your 2021 Ride. This will provide more time for everyone to be successful in their fundraising goals. Our goal is to see each one of you at opening ceremonies on August 28, 2021!

As a rider, you know the impacts of cancer more than anyone, and the value every dollar raised has in changing outcomes.

If you have the ability to donate, and to continue fundraising, know that the dollars you raise are vital. The 80,000 people who depend on BC Cancer for treatments this year need us now, more than ever. The dollars we raise for The Ride have life-saving impacts on patients.

As the largest fundraiser in this province, together, we have changed the outcome for thousands of people and we’re not finished. We will continue this mission together.

I’m pleased to share a word from our presenting sponsor, Wheaton Precious Metals, who is standing strong with us:

“While we are disappointed by this news, the health and safety of our communities is our top priority. We know the cancer community needs us now more than ever and our commitment to The Ride to Conquer Cancer is unwavering. We are proud to stand by all of you during these unprecedented times and look forward to celebrating on this year’s ride weekend and riding together again in 2021. Hope you are staying healthy and safe,”

Randy Smallwood
President & CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals
Team Captain of the Silver Bullets and an 11-year Rider

I will keep you up to date as plans develop on our creative approach to this year’s ‘Ride weekend’. If you have ideas on how we can mark the weekend and celebrate, please share!

I encourage you to stay safe and connect through @thebcride and on Facebook.

Yours truly,

Sarah Roth
President and CEO
BC Cancer Foundation

P.S. Mark your calendars for the weekend of August 28 and 29, 2021. I am already daydreaming of opening ceremonies – a sea of Riders, celebrating our accomplishments, holding those we ride for close to our hearts as we ride to Hope, for hope.

THE RIDE TO CONQUER CANCER® PRESENTED BY WHEATON PRECIOUS METALS BENEFITING BC CANCER FOUNDATION  ANNOUNCES $9.1 MILLION RAISED IN ANNUAL EVENT, COLLECTIVELY RAISING OVER $105.1 MILLION IN 11 YEARS

British Columbia’s largest cycling fundraiser draws 2,100 Riders in 11th annual event, cycling over 200 kilometres in two days to support breakthrough research and care at BC Cancer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SURREY, B.C., August 24, 2019 – The Ride to Conquer Cancer® Presented by Wheaton Precious Metals benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation announced 2,100 Riders helped raise $9.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation as the 11th annual Ride commenced in Surrey at the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Grounds this morning.

In 11 years, the B.C. Ride has raised over $105.1 million to support more than 47 world-leading research projects underway at BC Cancer, advancing care and providing hope to over 77,000 people facing cancer across British Columbia. The B.C. Ride is the province’s largest fundraising event.

“In 11 epic years, the Ride to Conquer Cancer has played an essential role in breaking down cancer and saving lives in our province. With thousands of cyclists and tens of thousands of donors, the Ride brings us the hope that together, we are closer to conquering cancer,” says Sarah Roth, president and CEO, BC Cancer Foundation.

“We Ride and raise funds to honour those currently facing the disease, for those we’ve lost and to fuel the work of the incredible scientists and clinicians at BC Cancer. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank all riders, donors, volunteers, crew, sponsors and supporters for your commitment as we cycle together to change outcomes,” adds Roth.

The annual event draws thousands of participants and brings together communities of cancer survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months to participate. The two-day, 200-kilometre Ride will journey through the Fraser Valley from Surrey to Hope, with an overnight in Chilliwack.

Every year I ride for cancer I am reminded of all that BC Cancer and its staff has done for me and how lucky I am to be alive. I have what I refer to as a dream team of doctors working to make my life as healthy and productive as possible,” said Rick Davis, cancer survivor from White Rock, British Columbia. “If it weren’t for all of the support I received from BC Cancer and its staff, I wouldn’t be here today sharing my story,” adds Davis.

Wheaton Precious Metals became the presenting sponsor of the Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2014. Their team, The Silver Bullets, has raised more than $1.5 million in ten years. Sponsorship funds donated by Wheaton Precious Metals enable Ride participants to directly support the world-leading work of experts at BC Cancer.

“As presenting sponsor, Wheaton Precious Metals is honoured to be a part of the Ride and its many years of success and outstanding impact,” says Randy Smallwood, President and CEO of Wheaton Precious Metals and captain of The Silver Bullets.

“We’d like to congratulate and thank all Riders who are changing outcomes for patients and their families each time they hit the pavement and pedal every kilometre with pride. Wheaton Precious Metals is committed to supporting the breakthrough research and life-saving care at BC Cancer, and we look forward to riding with you all again in 2020,” Smallwood added.

Next year’s dates have been released: the 12th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer Presented by Wheaton Precious Metals will be held on August 29 and 30th, 2020. For more details visit www.conquercancer.ca or call (888) 771-2453. 

The BC Cancer Foundation is the fundraising partner of BC Cancer. Together with our donors we are changing the outcome for people affected by cancer in B.C. and beyond by connecting personalized care, innovative research and opportunities to contribute. We are the largest funder of cancer in B.C. and every dollar raised stays right here at BC Cancer to advance research, enhance care and break down cancer to benefit the people of B.C.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: 
Christy Cusack
Vice President, Marketing
416-576-2527
ccusack@causeforce.com

Hayley Judge
Communications Specialist
BC Cancer Foundation
604-764-0666
Hayley.Judge@bccancer.bc.ca

ABOUT THE RIDE

The Ride to Conquer Cancer® presented by Wheaton Precious Metals® is a unique, two-day cycling event to take place on August 29 and 30, 2020, journeying over 200km throughout British Columbia. Our mission is clear – a world free from cancer. The money raised for The Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation, supporting breakthrough research and enhancements to care at BC Cancer. Funds raised ensure researchers and clinicians at BC Cancer have the support needed to re- invent the standard of cancer care through leading-edge research.

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