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  • Becel Ride for Heart!

    What a great way to enjoy a bike ride along the traffic-free
    DVP and Gardiner Expressway while giving back to a worthwhile
    cause. For 23 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been hosting
    this unique event to raise crucial funds and save lives.
    Presenting 13,000 riders with a unique challenge in an
    incredible location. The Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart is
    the only charity event that lets participants ride traffic-free
    along Toronto's main arteries...Together Riding to Save Lives.

    The event includes rest stations/beverages along the route, a
    heart healthy post-ride snack, route marshalls for safety, a
    post-ride celebration and other perks.

    I'll be riding along the 50km route (general start) for those
    who want to ride with me. We can "meet-up" beforehand or after
    the ride for the post event party. There are 50 km and a 25 km
    bicycling routes to choose from. Les the Handyman will be doing the 25 K ride with his disco playing Recumbent bicycle (have you seen that thing???) , or if you'd rather blade than
    bike, there are 8, 16 and 24 km routes. Many drop-out points
    along the way. Don't let the length of the route fool you. For
    me, my goal is the 50km but my focus is fun. If I've had enough
    before the 50km mark, I'll gladly cut my ride short and enjoy
    the day. Hope you feel the same.

    In order to participate, the following are mandatory: •A Becel Ride for Heart registration fee (the group rate with 5
    or more participants is $45 per person paid before June 1st or
    $65 per person payable on event day. See below for
    registration/payment details. We'll be biking with the group
    I've formed called "Uptown/Downtown Friends".

    •Helmets must be worn or you will be turned away. Registration / Payment Details:
    Procedure to sign up with Uptown/Downtown Friends:
    1) Click on the link: Becel Ride for Heart.
    2) Click on "REGISTER NOW" Button, "REGISTER NOW AND SAVE".
    Select "I AGREE" under WAIVER/AGREEMENT.
    3) Select "JOIN A GROUP". Select our Group Name
    ("Uptown/Downtown Friends") from the drop down menu.
    4) Follow the instructions to fill out the online form.

    Note that the Registration Fee covers the costs of running the
    event. It's the fundraising, if possible on your part, that
    actually goes towards the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I have
    set a fundraising goal of $100 for our group. It's easy to do.
    Once you've registered, follow the onscreen instructions in
    regards to fundraising.

    Please indicate in your RSVP on our meetup site whether you
    plan on biking with me so that we can plan to "meet-up".
    Likewise, if you choose an alternate route, indicate that on
    your RSVP. In this way, Les the Handyman will be on that route playing disco music on his Urban Assault Vehicle, you may be able to arrange meeting up with him at the same time.
    with fellow members for your chosen route.

    I've been meaning to do this for awhile and I and Les the Handyman look forward to
    riding along the DVP with all of you. Hope to see you there!

    Check back for updates and let me know if you have any problems
    signing up with our group on the Becel website.
    Les the Handyman will have his truck there so if any minor adjustment must be made before we go we can and at the end of the ride if some of you are too tired to ride home, I can take 6 extra bikes in my trailer and can ta take 4 people and 6 bike home within the Toronto Area.

    Ramona and Les

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  • Ramona

    To everyone who emailed yes or maybe....remember if you want to do this ride, you must register on the Becel website in order to participate. Instructions are included in the event description. Cheers!

    April 23, 2010

  • Ramona

    HI Allice. Yes of course you can bring guests. Everyone who participates must register online in order take part of this fantastic event. In order to register, follow the instructions (in red) on the event description. Ciao for now!

    March 17, 2010

  • Ramona

    Hi Allice and Anthony! Thanks for joining us for this fantastic ride. This morning I added the Becel link so it's set for you to register whenever you're ready. I'm looking forward to a fantastic ride. Cheers!

    March 16, 2010

  • Anthony F

    This is an amazing ride, so much energy and power being on the two major highways of Toronto...

    It is usually a little cold and a little wet at times the past few years of this ride, but with great people to ride with you don`t even notice it.

    I am so looking forward to it.


    March 16, 2010


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