Cycling enthusiasts in the National Capital Region have a brand-new event to add to their calendar in 2017 as the first annual Navy Bike Ride brings together Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) members, veterans, family, and friends on Saturday, May 20 for a full day of activities as part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
Navy Bike Ride
Get rolling at the first ever Navy Bike Ride!
This fun family event is open to cyclists of all skill levels and all ages, including beginners, with both a 10 km route and a 30 km route to choose from. It’s a non-competitive ride that will take cyclists through Gatineau and downtown Ottawa, and right by Parliament Hill. The 30 km route offers a longer ride through the beauty of Gatineau Park. Bike trailers, child seats and trailer cycles are welcome so even the littlest members of the family can join in. Anyone who registers before May 8 will be automatically entered into a draw for exciting prizes.
The Navy Bike Ride is organized in partnership with the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau, an annual event that welcomes cyclists from around Canada to take part in a series of competitive races throughout the weekend. A “Vélo-Village” featuring displays, games and activities for participants and families will also be located at the Start/Finish line. Bike rentals will also be available onsite, but reservations must be made online in advance.
For those looking for more of a challenge, current serving CAF members can register for the Admiral’s Cup, a new military-only category in the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau’s Medio Fondo event on Sunday, May 21. This 69.3 kilometre race offers prizes to the top three male and top three female competitors in the military category. Prizes include two WestJet vouchers for the first place finishers, a voucher worth 500$ for Via Rail for second place finishers and third place will receive sunglasses from Zizu Optics.
Proceeds from the event will go to two organizations dedicated in the well-being of the RCN’s current and former sailors and their families – the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund and Support our Troops.
Registration is $40 for adults and youth aged 13 and over, and $20 for children aged 12 and under who are riding their own bicycles. The event is free for kids in bike trailers, child seats or trailer cycles. Each adult registration receives a free custom cycling jersey, with free bandanas for registered kids.
If you’re not in Canada’s capital, other cycling events will be organized in tandem with the Navy Bike Ride, by RCN personnel in naval bases and Naval Reserve Divisions across the country, as well as on ships at sea around the world.
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, promote physical fitness and raise awareness of the Royal Canadian Navy, all while giving back to naval families in need.
Register today at navybikeride.ca.