BCO CYCLE CHALLENGE 2020

Cycling

For our Annual Conference this year, we have a real change of scenery and a first for the BCO, the Annual Cycle Challenge will be held in Canada with the Conference city of Toronto being our start and finish location.

Next year’s circular route will start from Toronto on the Monday 8th June then heading South West into the Canadian wilderness of forest and lakes, before heading East to Niagara between two of the Great Lakes and through Canadian wine country. From there we return to Toronto on the Wednesday afternoon enjoying the lakeshore route alongside Lake Ontario.  

The ride will cover approximately 300 miles over 3 days including public roads and some cycleways. The area around Toronto is largely flat, think Prairie with lakes and trees, and as a consequence the overall up-hill cycling for the entire ride is again only around 2500m, similar to 2019's ride and which will please those looking for a flat route, and makes the ride very accessible to a wide-ranging ability of riders.

The ride is fully supported by a professional cycle support company. We ride as a single group or peloton of a Maximum 60 Riders, with the emphasis being on completing the challenge together, whilst networking and socialising with like-minded people from the industry. Nobody gets left behind and stronger riders will always be on hand to support.

The true spirit of the BCO ride is about inclusivity, helping one another and making new friends and contacts. If you’re looking to race or cycle at a brisk pace, then perhaps this ride is not for you!

Bikes can be hired from Toronto through Club Peloton or you can bring your own out via your airline although this will require your own bike boxes and some mechanical knowledge to break down and build your bikes. We will have some mechanical support available when you arrive in Toronto if required.

Participants of the Cycle Challenge will need to arrive in Toronto on the day/evening of Sunday 7th June - at the Marriot Bonvoy Downtown (Eaton Centre). With the cycling beginning on the Monday morning, we will roll back into Toronto for the conference welcome reception on Wednesday 10th June at the Fairmont Hotel (Conference Hotel).

Included

The cycling fee includes the following:

  • Lead Car
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical Support (but not parts)
  • Sports Physiotherapists
  • Luggage transfers each day
  • Hotels (Sun, Mon & Tue night)
  • Meals for the duration of the ride (Sunday evening meal, through until and including Lunch on Wednesday)
  • Refreshments and snacks whilst riding
  • Ride jersey
  • Medal
  • Water bottle

NOT included

  • Bike Transfer to and from Toronto
  • Flights to and from Toronto
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas for Canada
  • Any spares required for your bike (inner tubes etc.)
  • Bike Hire (if required)

The cycling is non-refundable, delegate substitutes will be accepted at any time. Bike transfer is NOT included in the fee.

 

Fundraising

Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/BCO-Conference-Toronto-2020

 

The Route

Cycling approx. 480 km over 3 days, out and back from Toronto, with an overall elevation gain of approx. 2,300m (which for those that took part, is 400m less than the 2019 route from Gothenburg). https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2725258684

 

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Link to route:

Day 1 -https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31790651

Day 2 - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31790810

Day 3 - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31791311

 

Start

The ride will start at the Marriott Bonvoy Downtown, in the Eaton Centre, at the address below, on Monday 8th June;

525 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2L2

Riders will need to arrive at the Hotel in time to set up their bike, and get to the bar area in The Spaghetti Factory, 54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A6, for a rider briefing on Sunday evening at 18:30, to cover the format and timings, which will be followed by dinner at 19:30.

Rider Jerseys, Water bottles, and Bike and Luggage labels will be provided when you check in to the hotel.

NB The Spaghetti Factory is a 15 minute (1.5km) walk from the Marriott Hotel.

 

Finish

On Wednesday the 10th June the ride will arrive back into the Fairmont Hotel – the BCO Conference location – at approx. 16:00 (TBC) to a welcome reception. Bike storage at the Fairmont will be arranged, and riders’ luggage will also be stored in the Hotel prior to the ride arriving.

 

Support

The ride is fully supported with a Lead Car, Medical Support, Mechanical Support (but not spare parts), Physiotherapist, luggage transfers whilst on the event, Hotel check in and catering/ride snacks available at each stop.

 

Cost

We have held the cost of the Cycle Challenge at £1,200 +VAT again and we encourage all riders to raise £500 sponsorship for the conference charity, The Story of Christmas.

 

Hotels

Sunday Night 7th June - Marriott Bonvoy Downtown in the Eaton Centre

525 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2L2

Dinner out at The Old Spaghetti Factory, with rider briefing just prior at The Amsterdam Bicycle Club.

Monday Night 8th June - Courtyard by Marriott.

1224 Upper James Street, Hamilton Ontario, L9C 381

Dinner out at a local restaurant within walking distance of the Hotel.

Tuesday Night 9th June - Hampton Inn, St Caterines

89 Meadowvale Dr, St. Catharines, Ontario, L2N 3Z8

Planned informal buffet style evening meal in the Hotel, with some local producers beer and wine present to showcase their products.

 

Points of Interest

Aside from all the stunning scenery we’ll be cycling through, there are some specific highlights along the way;

Day 1 – Leaving Downtown Toronto against the flow of commuters, our first stop for coffee with be the Mattamy Cycling Centre in Milton Built for the 2015 Pan American Games, it incorporates facilities for cycling, Sports, Fitness and an indoor walking/running track.

From Milton we head for lunch in Cambridge, through a mix of farmland, conservation areas, woods and open plains, before then heading South-east to Hamilton where we stay on Monday night

Day 2 - Having left Lake Ontario behind us on Day 1 when we cycled out of Toronto, we follow the Grand River down to its mouth at Port Maitland and then follow the waterfront of Lake Erie east towards Port Colborne, before then heading North to Niagara Falls. A planned stop in Niagara to take in the sights of the falls and the dramatic mist rising, with the huge volume of water flowing into the Niagara River from Lake Erie. We then follow the Niagara Parkway north to Niagara on the Lake past vineyards before turning west to St Catherines where we spend our last night.

Day 3 – The final day’s riding will include a bit of climbing in the morning to get us up to Ridge Road Estate Winery (whose produce we will hopefully have had a chance to taste over dinner on Tuesday night) where we’ll stop for coffee, before heading back to follow Lake Ontario to Toronto using some of the Lakeside Cycle Network. We stop for lunch en route at a small marina housing the Snug Harbour Restaurant, before finally arriving at The Fairmont Hotel for reception drinks and the start of the conference.

 

Sponsored by:

 Hilson Moran  

 

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