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    New question here. Biking on the DVP

    I know, by the name of this topic you'll think I'm nuts, but bear w/ me.

    In the past there have been charity events where you could walk, run or bike the Don Valley Parking lot for charity. Does anyone recall the charity that ran these events or if any are planned in the future? This might be doubtful as there appeared to be some flak in Toronto last year w/ the numerous street closures, etcetera for various parades.

    They were held before I started cycling, so I wasn't really paying much attention to the coverage.
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    Becel Ride for the Heart

    Here's everything you need to know. It's an amazing event and loads of fun. There's nothing better than riding the DVP with 12,000 other cyclists!

    "The anchor of the charity ride schedule is once again the Becel Ride for the Heart.
    This year’s 18th annual event will take place Sunday, June 6 with proceeds going to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Last year’s event brought out 12,000 riders to the course, which allows participants to pedal along the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. A record $1.55 million was raised in the 2004 Ride for the Heart, making it one of Canada’s largest heart and stroke research fundraisers and the largest known charity ride in the country.
    Cyclists can choose from a 25k, 50k or 75k route which takes them from the CNE grounds onto the Gardiner and north along the Don Valley Parkway. There are also shorter distance inline skating routes available.
    Individuals and corporate teams interested in registering for this year’s ride can do so at www.heartandstroke.ca/rideforheart "

    Cheers!
    Dan

    Quote Originally Posted by revrnd
    I know, by the name of this topicc you'll think I'm nuts, but bear w/ me.

    In the past there have been charity events where you could walk, run or bike the Don Valley Parking lot for charity. Does anyone recall the charity that ran these events or if any are planned in the future? This might be doubtful as there appeared to be some flak in Toronto last year w/ the numerous street closures, etcetera for various parades.

    They were held before I started cycling, so I wasn't really paying much attention to the coverage.

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    yep - it's the becel ride for heart. fun event - a mixed crowd comes out too. i doubt they would cancel it as it's been going on for quite awhile.

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    I checked the website & the June 6th date was for last year. No mention of this year though. I sent them a email & will post the particulars when I get a reply.
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    It's the 1st Sunday in June every year.
    There is no way they will close it down, it's the biggest charity participation event in Canada... something like 100,000+ riders every year.
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    bump.

    bump.

    http://ww1.heartandstroke.ca/rideforheart/

    sunday, june 5, 2005.

    a great event and a great cause.

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    ... and if we just ... if you really want a thrill...

    ride the DVP from the top to the bottom, at night, alone, during the closure.

    did it once, back in '97 or '98.

    if you get caught you will probably get a ticket.

    I didn't get caught, even got a thumbs up from the maintenance crews.

    I was riding my GT LTS with road slicks.

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    I've done the Ride for Heart twice.
    It's a lot of fun, and the DVP is a lot hillier ona bike than in a car!
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    New question here. Not too far away

    The Ride for the Heart is a couple of weeks away. Is anyone else planning on doing it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by revrnd
    The Ride for the Heart is a couple of weeks away. Is anyone else planning on doing it?
    I'll be there trying to keep up with the roadbikes

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    Me too!

    I'll be one of the roadies there doing the 75km hammer fest

    Dan

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    I'll be there trying to keep up with the roadbikes

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chupacabras
    I'll be there trying to keep up with the roadbikes
    What do you ride? I'll be wearing a white & red "Canada" jersey & riding a grey & blacl Raleigh. If you see me, say hi.
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    Good luck to all!!!!!

    Hope the rain holds out.
    I ..... need ..... DIRT!!!!!

    ... and cookies. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by revrnd
    What do you ride? I'll be wearing a white & red "Canada" jersey & riding a grey & blacl Raleigh. If you see me, say hi.
    Well the point's moot now, but I rode a red Trek Fuel. Weather was great, this was my first time doing the ride and it was great fun. I started the 75 @ 7:15, I dont remember seeing a grey Raleigh, maybe i'll catch you next year

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    Good job!

    I left the starting line around 9 & got back @ 11:30. Just took my time. I'm a 1st timer as well. It was easier than I thought it would be. The hills weren't as steep as I thought they'd be on a bike. I'll post a couple of pics later.

    Definitely will do it again.

    When I was dropping off my pledges around 8, I caught a glimpse of a guy wearing a MTBR jersey. Wasn't close enough to talk to him.
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    First time myself as well, rode my Spec Epic in the corperate event (8 am). I was a last minute sign-up here at work so I didn't have funds for a set of slicks
    Did the 50k in 1:45 even with my "Roll X" pro's nice joke there on the tire name
    I did have ball though can't wait to do it again next year...

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    Here are some of the pics I took. You'll notice in the 3rd pic a rider that I assume was parapalegic & was hand cranking his trike. He was past the 25 km crossover, 16 klicks into the 50 klick ride.

    The 5th & 6th pics were taken @ the York Mills rest area.
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