Dealing with COVID-19: 2020 Ride For Clean Energy is still on!

I hope this post finds you all well. I want to preface this by announcing that The 2020 Ride For Clean Energy will be taking place on Saturday August 8th. However, as I’m sure you might have anticipated, The Ride For Clean Energy will be changing it’s format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to adhere to the health authorities guidelines and mitigate any chances of transmission.

We’re happy to announce that this year’s ride will be taking place on August 8th remotely, allowing us to honour the spirit of riding together while apart. Traditionally we have all ridden the ride together in groups, but given the circumstances, we want all registered riders to go out on August 8th at 10:00 am and ride their own route while practicing social distancing.

The classic ride route has been 61km, however we realize that routing a ride of that length in your respective areas may not be feasible for everyone, so we’re encouraging everyone to ride at least 10km at their desired speed. If you are able to ride more, then that’s even better! As long as you get out there in the effort of raising money for The Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation, we will be thrilled.

That brings me to the next modification to this year’s Ride For Clean Energy. We’re very aware that due to the COVID-19 circumstances, donating money, paying registration fees and fundraising is a luxury many folks can’t afford right now. That’s completely understandable and in the spirit of trying the make the ride as inclusive as possible we are waiving the $50 registration fee and dropping the $250 fundraising minimum traditionally required to participate in past rides. We are simply asking for registered riders to fundraise what they can. For any riders who may still want a Ride For Clean Energy jersey, you can pay the $50 registration fee and we will be sure to order you a 2020 jersey; however, this will not be a requisite to you participating in the 2020 ride. We will be issuing refunds to riders who have already registered to ride later next week, unless you reach out to us letting us know you would like a 2020 jersey. Our ability to continue to host the Ride For Clean Energy this year without registration fees can be attributed in part to our long time title sponsor Patrick O’Brien Wealth Manager of RBC Dominion Securities. As in years previous, his generous contributions to the ride are large factor in the ride’s success.

We’re also happy to announce that Trek Maple Ridge will once again be a sponsor for this year’s ride. Due to their generous donation we are happy to be giving away another brand new 2021 Trek FX 3 to a registered rider! To be entered into the draw for the bike, all you have to do is fundraise at least $50. The more you fundraise, the more entries you will have for the bike draw, giving you a bigger chance of having your name chosen as a winner. If you win the bike, you will be able to choose whether it’s a men or women’s bike and the size.

The breakdown for fundraising amounts and entries into the draw are as follows:

$0  – $40              no reward                                
$50 – $250           1 ticket per $50                                     
$250 – $750         1 ticket per $100
$750 – $1,000+    1 ticket per $250

Example: $250  = 5 tickets or $1,000 = 11 tickets

(Bike pictured is not the exact bike that will be given away) 

We will have other prizes to give away, including donations from our other sponsor Kintec. These other prizes will require you to either send in a photo of you participating in the ride for us to post on our social media channels, or you posting photos of you riding on your social media tagging @rideforcleanenergy and using the hashtag #rideforcleanenergy.

We will be in touch with more details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can register for the Ride For Clean Energy at http://rideforcleanenergy.com/registration/ and collect online donations at http://rideforcleanenergy.com/donate/

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at rideforcleanenergy@gmail.com

Stay safe and happy riding!

Carl & Sean McBeath,
Ride For Clean Energy

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