The Bike Rally is not a race. Road Safety, Food, Wellness and a host of volunteers support you along the way. Find a pace that is comfortable and safe for you. And, take the time to enjoy the ride.
Thanks go to Mark Fisher for helmet / handlebar cam videos of Bike Rally 2010, days 1-6 ...just to give you a taste.
Note: Route maps and other details for Bike Rally 2014 will be available prior to departure.
To review each day's route in greater detail:
- go to Ride with GPS by clicking links below.
- manipulate these Google maps as usual (magnify, drag, etc.)
- move cursor over cue sheet on left side to find points on map
- move cursor over elevation diagram at bottom to find corresponding point on route map
- click on << and >> at top left and right corners of map, to extend map to full width of monitor
- click on >> and << to recover side panels
|Day||Google Map Segment||Distance|
|1: Sun, July 27||Toronto to Port Hope||106.8 km|
|2: Mon, July 28||Port Hope to Adolphustown||128.0 km|
|3: Tues, July 29||Adolphustown to Kingston||51.0 km|
|4: Wed, July 30||Kingston to Johnstown||112.1 km|
|5: Thurs, July 31||Johnstown to Lancaster||108.6 km|
|6: Fri, Aug 1||Lancaster to Montreal||99.5 km|
Day 1: Sunday, July 27, 2014
The Bike Rally departs early Sunday morning. This year we start out from Allen Gardens heading west on Gerrard, then up to Bloor/Danforth.
Toronto to Port Hope - 107 km
The route on Day 1 takes us along familiar training ride routes before heading into the countryside. These can be busy roads as we travel the Kings Highway for sections. Rolling hills make the afternoon challenging but also one of the prettiest.
26 km: 1st Break - Adams Park, Scarborough
62 km: Lunch - GM Headquarters, Oshawa
85 km: 2nd Break - Bond Head Park, Bond Head
107 km: Campsite - The Haskills Farm is a gorgeous location, high atop a cliff overlooking Lake Ontario just before Port Hope. Swimming is available off the rocky shore.
Starting at 3:00 pm, buses depart every 30 minutes to take participants to the local sports complex for showers.
Highlights: Our emotional departure, a scenic afternoon ride and a gorgeous camping field overlooking Lake Ontario complete the first day.
Day 2: Monday, July 28, 2014
Port Hope to Adolphustown - 128 km
Day 2 is the longest day of the Bike Rally and it may be the first time to excede a double-century ride. We`re out in the country now and have the swing bridge at Murray Canal followed shortly after by lunch at Henderson House in Consecon. The afternoon is spent riding beside the lake as we head to Picton - and the largest hill of the ride.
We are following the scenic and historic Loyalist Parkway (Hwy 33) which connects Prince Edward County with the mainland via the Glenora Ferry. Once crossed, it's a short ride to camp, The longest day of the ride is over!
36 km: 1st Break - Wicklow Beach Park, Wicklow
65 km: 2nd Break - Brighton Road Swing Bridge, Murray Canal, Lovett
79 km: Lunch - Henderson B&B, Consecon
100 km: 3rd Break - Schroedter’s Market at Huff’s Corners (just outside Picton)
128 km: Campsite - U.E.L. Heritage Centre/Park Adolphustown is a lakeside retreat, a short ferry ride on the Glenora Ferry. Swimming and showers are both available; however, showers are limited and may have long wait times. We recommend taking an eco-shower on the beach. Showers take $0.25/$1.00.
Highlights: The swing bridge at Murray Canal, Henderson House, the ride along Lake Ontario after lunch, the Glenora Ferry and riding through downtown Picton.
Day 3: Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Adolphustown to Kingston - 51 km
Day 3 marks the halfway point of Bike Rally and is known as Red Dress Day. It is the shortest day with a 51 km ride to Queen's University.
Today, you ride along the edge of Lake Ontario and the Bay of Quinte as you approach the historic town of Kingston. You make it to Kingston in time for an amazing buffet lunch at Queen's University. No camping tonight, you sleep in the dorms at Queen's and have a chance to catch up on some laundry.
22 km: 1st Break - Finkle Shore Park, Bath
51 km: Kingston Arrival
No campsite! We stay at Queen's Unversity. Laundry facilities are available or take clothes to a local "fluff and fold".
Highlights: Cycling along the bay, we all look fabulous in our red attire - a long red ribbon of riders heading down the road to Kingston. Buffet lunch at Queen's University, having the afternoon off, laundry facilities, showers and a bed.
See also: Welcome to Kingston
Day 4: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Kingston to Johnstown - 112 km
Wake up early fully rested with clean laundry. Enjoy a hot breakfast at Queen's University cafeteria before heading back on the road towards Gananoque, the Thousand Islands and lunch at the best swimming spot of the week.
Today, we take time to recognize our Top Fundraisers. Both Riders that raise over $6000 and Crew that raise over $1,000 are acknowledged with gold jerseys.
31 km: 1st Break - Gananoque Town Park, Gananoque
69 km: Lunch - Brown’s Bay Park by Thousand Islands – beautiful for swimming.
86 km: 2nd Break - Armagh S. Price Park, Brockville
112 km: Campsite - Grenville Park Campground is located just past Prescott, at the foot of the bridge to the USA. Swimming and showers ($0.25) are both available.
Highlights: Hot breakfast at Queen's University, Gananoque, cycling through the Thousand Islands Parkway, Brockville and the best swimming spot of the week.
Day 5: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Johnstown to Lancaster - 109 km
Today is Poz Day and we take time to reflect on why we are here. Participants who are living with HIV are welcome to self-identify in a safe and welcoming environment by wearing a Poz jersey. There is no stigma attached to being HIV positive here.
Our ride includes going along the Long Sault Parkway and a stop at Dairy Queen in Lancaster (which today donates $0.50 of every sale to PWA). With the number of calories we've burned thus far we can afford to splurge.
30 km: 1st Break - Morrisburg Beach Park, Morrisburg
61 km: Lunch - Milles Roches Island
79 km: 2nd Break - Cornwall Aquatic Centre, Cornwall
104 km: Dairy Queen
109 km: Campsite - Glengarry Park Campground is a beautiful wooded campground nestled along the shores of the St. Lawrence.
Highlights: The stunning Long Sault Parkway, Cornwall's bike paths, Dairy Queen, tenting amongst the tall pines and the emotional Candlelight Celebration.
For so many participants, the Candlelight Celebration is why they say, "The Bike Rally will change your life." After dinner we gather on the beach, weather permitting, to celebrate our journey. It is a time to reflect upon and celebrate the people in our lives that have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
Day 6: Friday, August 1, 2014
Lancaster to Montreal - 100 km
Today is our last day as we cross the border into Quebec. Today we wear our official Bike Rally Jerseys and Crew T-shirts along with a red ribbon and Bike Rally pin. We're heading into Montreal, and luckily we are riding on bike paths on the way into the city. It's a time to enjoy the scenery.
30 km: 1st Break - Parc Wilson, Coteau-du-Lac, QC
55 km: Lunch - Shamrock Park on L’ile Perrot, QC
86 km: Rendezvous - Lachine Canal. Group photos
We assemble at the last rest stop just shy of Montreal (at the beginning of the Lachine Canal) and then ride single file for the last 14 km into the heart of Montreal. It makes an emotional end to a wonderful ride as we arrive in Montreal for Divers/Cité. Lots of people are waiting for us. Congratulations... we’ve made it!
Tonight we celebrate and dance at Sky Bar, sharing the events from the week, our joy, our pride, with colleagues, friends and family.
See also: Welcome to Montreal
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 21:50