The Central Canada Charity Ride
(formerly the Caribou Charity Ride) has become a September tradition for cycling in Thunder Bay and is worth the visit to ride the country roads on outskirts of the largest urban centre in Northwestern Ontario.
Plan a trip to visit Thunder Bay
the second weekend in September to enjoy the start of fall colours on your bike. Sign up
to be among the expected 400 plus riders to take part in what is the first Central Canada Charity Ride
on Saturday September 7, 2019.
This event sponsored by Central Canada Industries
is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Lake Superior region with an early morning ride through the rolling hills of the quaint countryside of the Slate River Valley in the Township of Oliver Paipoonge
. With the Nor’wester Mountain range as your backdrop, it is a September weekend to remember.
Cycling Weekend to Remember
Cyclists can choose to ride of three distances: 41K, 60K or 100K.
This touring event
appeals to just about everyone from the average weekend rider to the accomplished cyclist.
All you need to participate is a bike, a helmet, determination, and the desire to have a good time. You can make a weekend of it with tune-up rides on the country roads on the outskirts of Thunder Bay
that take you through the Slate River Valley and Nor’wester Mountain range. If you have a mountain bike, check out the trails at the Kamview Nordic Centre or the Shuniah Mines.
The Country Side Route
smack im the middle of the Slate River Valley is where riders are asked to gather for the start/finish starting at 8 am Saturday. Belluz Farms
is located on Candy Mountain Drive off Highway 130 which is a short drive south of Thunder Bay off Highway 61.
The 100K ride and the 60K ride will see the first wave cyclists to hit the road at 9 am, followed by the 41k ride at 10:30 am. The rides will travel through Oliver Paipoonge Township near Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is a scenic and safe ride through rolling hills of the Slate River Valley on paved country roads.
The event is a charity fundraiser for cancer research and Central Canada Industries is pleased come on board to support what has turned into the largest cycling event in Northwestern Ontario. The fall ride has become a big regional draw for cycling enthusiasts attracting riders from not only from Thunder Bay but communities in Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Last year, cyclists and their supporters helped to raise an astonishing $40,000 for a very worthwhile charity, the Northern Cancer Fund
– a total that event organizers aim to mee or surpass this year.
Entry for the event is limited to the first 400 paid entries. Registration is only being accepted online on the Charity Ride website
. The early bird entry fee is $75 before Sunday August 18, then increasing to $85 up to September 4, Late registration is $100.
Riders receive an event t-shirt, a post-ride lunch, and chance for prize draws. There is an early bird bonus for signing up before August 15th. Ride Kit Pickups are Saturday, September 6, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm, at Fresh Air
now on Balmoral Street.