If you’re looking for a great ride for a great cause, then you should consider signing up for the Mattamy Homes Bike for Brain Health supporting Baycrest ride on June 4. The ride, which launched in 2022, is pretty special for a few reasons. First of all, the route goes on roads–highways–which you’d never normally be able to ride. You can ride the wide, paved Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and Don Valley Parkway (DVP), taking in some stunning scenery. The beautiful lakeshore, the cityscapes, it’s a view you’d never get on a bike otherwise in Toronto.
The importance of the Mattamy Homes Bike for Brain Health supporting Baycrest ride
The second reason why this event is so special is the cause, which is dementia. In Canada, more than 1.1 million people are directly or indirectly affected by the disease, for which there is currently no cure. Baycrest is trying to change that through its hub of 300+ researchers. That doesn’t mean just treatment, it’s also about early detection, as well as prevention. That’s what makes the Mattamy Homes Bike for Brain Health so important. It’s supporting a group that is trying to change the way dementia exists in Canada. Their slogan is, “Fear No Age.” Simply put, we should embrace every stage of life. Our later years can be our best years if we nurture every older adult’s abilities and possibilities.
There’s a variety of rides available for all abilities. You can pick between 25km, 50km or 75km. No matter what your fitness level is, there’s a distance for you. Now, if you happen to be a bit more competitive, there’s an exciting new addition for the 2023 version. There’s a 75km timed ride that will launch before the main ride. Yup, if you feel up to a challenge, the new timed ride is a perfect way to spend a day on your bike, while helping an important cause.
How it works
Since the timed ride will be a bit more fast-paced, they will start first for safety’s sake. You can set off between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. from the chute. For all the other events, the chute opens at 7:15 a.m. and by 8 a.m., everyone will be on the route. And don’t forget, there won’t be a car in sight, save for the police escort.
Along the way you will be fully supported by friendly volunteers, and there’s also mechanical and medical assistance. Riding on the QEW and DVP, normally reserved for cars, will be a surreal and fun experience.
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