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.








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).



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Comment by Alexx Hooper on September 21, 2013 at 7:02pm

That could not have been more fun! Thanks so much to Jim, Sandra and Bernadette for getting us into it, and to Dan for sussing out the route and rallying the troups. We met such great kids today and the fantastic community leaders and police officers who spend hours of their time making these kids' lives better and exposing them to fun, healthy activities like this. You should've seen the happy grins as the kids rolled across the finish lines with everyone cheering for them. It was so much fun riding beside them and coaching them - "C'mon - you're not gonna let her pass you. are ya? Let's get her!" They had so much fun riding safely and passing their friends. We had them calling out "passing on the left" and communicating. They were great kids and this was such a fun event. I'm in for next year!!!

Comment by DY on September 21, 2013 at 9:26pm
Comment by Jeff N on September 23, 2013 at 8:15am

Great photos, and it looks like the kids were all smiles.  Kudos to all for braving the wet!

Comment by Kerri on September 23, 2013 at 1:34pm

Congratulations to all who supported this great event.  The pictures really do tell just how important and exciting this event was for the kids who were participating.  Look forward to more Tours in the future!


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