The annual Becel Ride For Heart takes place this Sunday. If you know what the ride is about I'm sure you love it already and you can stop reading now and go outside and warm up for the weekend. If you are new to the Ride For Heart though, read on...
The Ride For Heart is a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke foundation that takes place every year in a few cities across Canada. The Toronto edition is a unique experience. For one day the DVP is closed from the Humber River bridge on the Gardiner Expressway all the way up to York Mills on the DVP.
I find when I tell people about riding on the DVP they think it sounds cool but many are scared away by the 50km ride. Let me tell you this, it's way more than cool, it's downright outstanding to be able to ride across three lanes of un-interupted roadway amongst thousands of other cyclists. The 50km ride is really not too scary either. There are multiple rest stops along the way with portapotties, snacks and drinks. You can do the ride at a very leisurely pace in a couple hours if you really want.
If 50km still scares you, you can cut out early and do a 25km loop. Or if 50km sounds like barely enough to get your heart beating, there is a 75km option as well, or do the in-line skating route that runs west along the Gardiner from the Ex. Bring the kids too, lots of them ride or tag along in a trailer behind their parents.
The online registration deadline is today. But you can register in person before the ride or on Sunday. Word to the wise, register beforehand if you can to avoid the long registration and starting line. Registration details are availble at rideforheart.ca.
Keep your eyes open for members of the NOW team as we zoom or in some cases casually roll by.
Watch a YouTube video from the ride.