BCC Supports the Tour de Black Creek - Charity Ride for Kids- Saturday September 21st 2013

 

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***Due to Rain, and Road Conditions I strongly suggest Driving to the Event - We are all meeting at grinder for a 7:30am Departure.***

 

 

Hey All,

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Nuff said.

 

 

 

The PLAN:

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Cheers,

 

 

 

Dan.

 

 

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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

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Comment by Alexx Hooper on September 20, 2013 at 10:25am

This sounds like an amazing event, and lots of fun. I think that Paul and I will be able to make it.

Comment by Joseph on September 20, 2013 at 10:34am

I might be able to make it, not sure 100%  sounds like my training will be pushed back until next week. If it indeed I will catch a deadhead back to Toronto tonight, will know by end of the day today if I make it or not.

Comment by Jim Weir on September 20, 2013 at 10:40am

That would be great even if you cannot stay for the full event. All help will be appreciated rain or no rain.

Thanks all for the donation of your time for this charity event.

Hopefully this can become an annual event that will spread the word that BCC is a valuable part of the social fabric in Toronto.

 

Comment by DY on September 20, 2013 at 10:00pm

Hey All,

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.

Nuff said.

The PLAN:

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!

Cheers,

Dan.

Comment by DY on September 20, 2013 at 10:11pm

Thanks Don!

Comment by Bernadette Crowe on September 20, 2013 at 10:16pm
I'm in , I have room for one bike/human ;)
Comment by Jim Weir on September 20, 2013 at 10:37pm

Thanks all.

Comment by DY on September 20, 2013 at 11:03pm
Link to last years event synopsis: http://www.yorkwestadvocate.com/?p=1882
Comment by DY on September 21, 2013 at 6:19am
At the church... 4545 Jane...
Comment by David Raponi-Monk on September 21, 2013 at 3:05pm

I would have to echo the positive comments previously posted and agree that this was one of the highlights of my first season with BCC. Like Rob said when he assisted that 12 year old rider to catch and pass the others, all some of the riders needed were tips about pushing themselves a bit more and focusing on riders ahead of them, then all of a sudden they kicked into another gear and passed others. 

The highlight was watching one of the boys approach the finish line and throw up the Usain Bolt trademark "Lightning Bolt" sign as he won his race. I originally thought he was imitating Peter Sagan, but quickly realized he probably had no idea who Sagan was, but sure was aware of Bolt. Thankfully that was the only lightning bolt we saw, despite the steady drizzle and wet road conditions. Count me in for 2014!

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