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The Mattamy Homes Bike for Brain Health supporting Baycrest is back for 2024

The Mattamy Homes Bike for Brain Health supporting Baycrest is back for 2024

In Canada, more than 1.1 million people are directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The Mattamy Homes Bike for Brain Health supporting Baycrest takes place on June 2, 2024 and supports the world leading research, innovation, care and education at Baycrest, benefiting all Canadians and people around the world. Dementia affects not only the individuals suffering with it, but the families and friends who are close to it.

An event that keeps going

Since 2022, this bike ride has offered an exceptional experience for several reasons. Participants get the once-in-a-summer chance to cycle on roads and highways that are typically inaccessible, including the wide, paved Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway (DVP), completely free from traffic. The beautiful lakeshore and the cityscapes are views you’d never otherwise experience in Toronto.

The importance of this bike ride

A significant aspect of this event is its dedicated cause: Alzheimer’s and other dementias. With over 300 researchers at Baycrest, the focus extends beyond treatment to encompass early detection and prevention efforts. This underscores the importance of the Mattamy Homes Bike for Brain Health, as it supports endeavors aimed at reshaping the understanding and treatment of dementia on a global scale. The act of participating in the Bike also helps fight dementia as research suggests that incorporating 150 minutes of physical activity a week can significantly reduce your risk of dementia.

Variety of options: including a new family-oriented one

There’s a variety of routes available for all cycling abilities. You can pick between 25 km, 50 km or 75 km and go as fast or as slow as you want. New this year is a 10 km family route. Family is a key factor in dealing with dementia as caregivers often come from home, no matter which generation, which is why Baycrest extends this event to the whole family. This ride is for riders of all fitness levels and all are welcome.

When and how this bike ride works

The start line opens to everyone at 6 a.m., and closes at 9 a.m..

The all-new Family 10 km route opens at 9:30 a.m., and access closes at 10 a.m. Set off early to catch a beautiful sunrise with the iconic city skyline in the background! Along the way you will be fully supported by friendly volunteers, and there’s also mechanical and medical assistance if need be.

registration at the ride

Riding on the Gardiner and DVP, normally reserved for cars, will be a surreal and fun…

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