***Due to Rain, and Road Conditions I strongly suggest Driving to the Event - We are all meeting at grinder for a 7:30am Departure.***
I just got back from driving the route. Here are my findings:
Finch is very rough past Yonge St. The road is pretty broken up and there is construction at Keele for the subway. Also, because of the tractor trailers that go to the industrial areas in the west and the petroleum plant in the vicinity, there is a lot of oil in the right lane.
Based on these findings and the fact that the weather is not looking bright and sunny, I am making a call to suggest BCC'ers that plan on attending drive up to the event. Not to mention, that the traffic trends will be worse when the event is over. While I was doing my recon, I saw 4 cars run red lights, and 2 accidents.
Meet at Grinder for 7:30AM departure. My car is now full. Please post here: If you are planning on going and can take someone. MANDATORY --> BCC KIT and HELMET, Optional --> Type of Bike.
Thanks again for those that are planning on making this!!! If the BCC ride gets rained out, and you would like to help, we would appreciate it!
I met with the organizers of the bike race today and it is really looking like a great opportunity for BCC to support cycling and show their colours!!! BCC has been selected as the only bike volunteers. The races start at 9:00. It is just a 2k loop which the riders do once, twice, or three times - depending on their ages. (Again - they're 11-16 year olds who, for the most part, had never ridden a bike before April). There will be 13 teams of riders and they would like to have two senior bike volunteers (that's BCC'ers) ride with each team.
As I said, the races start at 9:00 - but at 10:00 they have an "opening ceremony" with Oh Canada, a few speeches - apparently Chief Bill Blair, Kathleen Wynne, and Rob Ford - at least - will be there and then races AND VOLUNTEER CYCLISTS will be in a parade around the route. Finally, races will continue again but are expected to be finished by 11:45, I can plan out a route from there for those who are interested in getting in some additional mileage.
If interested in attending - REMINDER THERE WILL BE LOTS OF MEDIA PRESENT TOO - please respond so I know how many we have and meet at the Driftwood Community Center at the corner of Driftwood and Jane at 8:15 Saturday morning. You can plan to meet at The Grinder as usual at 7:00 a.m. and ride up from there (about 30k) or drive up and park at the Church at 4545 Jane Street (Misión Cristiana Voz de Restauración).
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR BCC TO SHOW WE ARE A CARING AND GIVING ORGANIZATION