KINDRIDER ROAD TRIP // COBOURG, ONTARIO // SUNDAY JULY 23, 2017
Join KindHuman Bicycles and our friends for a guided day of riding through picturesque Northumberland County, just north of Cobourg, Ontario. Only 1-hour drive East of Toronto; the quiet roads of Northumberland County offer winding lanes, rolling hills and many short climbs to make for an incredibly varied and enjoyable cycling experience.
REGISTRATION CLOSES SATURDAY JULY 15, 2017
We’ve organized this ride to support fellow KindRider Will Tompkinson and Wellspring Cancer Support Network. This September Will’s riding from Toronto to Miami as a massive fundraiser for Wellspring - a network of community-based support centres offering programs and services for people living with cancer and those who care for them. All proceeds from the KindRider Road Trip, Cobourg will be donated to Wellspring Cancer Support Network.
Join us as we celebrate two magnificent milestones! KindHuman co-founder, Gavin, is celebrating 20 years since being diagnosed with Melanoma. Will is celebrating 6 years of being clear of his battle against cancer. This is a small way for us to say thank you to all the amazing people at Wellspring who supported Will during his courageous fight.
Sunday July 23, 2017.
Northumberland Cruiser: A picturesque 80km along good roads and rolling hills. Pace : Approximately 27kph Group A / 25kph Group B.
Gritty Cobourg Challenge: A more challenging ride of approximately 110km, that explores Northumberland County's climbs and takes in sectors of the rougher, un-surfaced and gravel roads that characterize this area of rural Ontario.
The above rides will be guided by a ride leader and a support vehicle will be provided.
All riders will meet at the start line at the Road Trip's service course at 9:00am on July 23rd. Ride groups will then depart in waves, with the final wave leaving at approximately 9:30am.
The Road Trip's service course and start/finish will be Will's family's cottage, near Camborne, ON; just off Highway 18, 11km due north of Cobourg (exact address to be supplied in registration confirmation).
The ride is $110 CAD per rider and includes:
• An organized group ride through a region of Ontario that will be new to many
• SAG Support, Ride Marshalls and GPS maps for all rides
• Ride snacks and hydration at rest stops
• Post ride lunch and birthday cake
** Registered riders will receive a $50 CAD charity receipt from the Wellspring Cancer Support Network. NB: Receipts will be issued within 4 weeks following the event.
*** All participants will need to sign a liability waiver onsite and registration before riding.
We invite you to bring your non-riding family to join in our celebration! We ask non-riding adults to drop $20 into an honesty box at the event. There is no charge for kids. Please let us know if any family members will be joining you so we can plan accordingly. Some activities for non-riders include:
• Rice Lake (Link)
• Cobourg Beach and Town Centre (Link)
• Ste. Anne's Spa & Bakery (Link)
While we anticipate many riders will be traveling across from the Toronto area, there are a range of accommodations in the nearby towns of Cobourg, Port Hope and Grafton.
A NOTE FROM WILL
Almost 6 years ago, 2 weeks after the birth of my son; I heard the words "you have cancer". Once you hear those words all bets are off. From here on you a thrust into treatment, tests, and procedures.
Life plans go on hold as your entire focus in on ridding yourself of whatever it is that is inside you. Then you need a safety net, as clinical treatment will only form a small part of anyone's cancer journey. That safety-net both for me and many others in the Greater Toronto Area comes in the way of the Wellspring Cancer Support Network. Whether or not you need advice on how to deal with your finances, need to mentally or physically return to strength after treatment, or simply wish to share similar experiences; Wellspring Centres across the GTA offer full, professionally-led programs throughout the week, free of charge to anyone living with cancer and their families. Wellspring programs rely entirely on charitable donations.
In my case, I credit Wellspring with helping me get on my bike and helping me regain a perspective and outlook that can so often be lost. As a cancer survivor, I have benefited from the support of Wellspring. Three years ago, I was honored to be an Ambassador for the Wellspring Peloton Challenge. Two years ago I actually took part, riding from Toronto to New Orleans. This year I will be riding as part of the peloton to Miami, and in some way help ensure that many others can benefit from the support of the Wellspring community too.