About The Ride
The Ride For Clean Energy is an annual fundraising bike ride that raises money to benefit the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation – a non-profit organization that awards at least one yearly $10,000 grant to chosen post-graduate projects researching in the field of renewable and sustainable energy. Each rider participating in the ride must raise a minimum of $250, all of which will be donated to the foundation. The cost to register for the ride is $50, which goes towards a jersey for first time riders, or a cap for returning riders, food/beverages, insurance, and rider support.
The ride is an important event for the Tyler Lewis Clean Energy Research Foundation, as it helps ensure the foundation will be able to continue awarding yearly grants to innovative clean energy researchers. However, not only is the ride important for helping further sustainable energy research, it’s a fun way to enjoy the environment that the foundation is fighting to preserve. So we encourage riders of all skill level to sign up and be a part of a growing community of people who care about the future of our planet.
There are two courses for The Ride For Clean Energy, the classic and the challenge. Both routes depart from Maple Ridge and head out towards Fort Langley and loop back to the start location. The difference between the two courses, however, is on the challenge ride there is an extra 17km of riding and approximately an extra 100m of ascent. Both routes will be provided with the same support from our volunteers, however we recommend that only stronger riders, who are comfortable keeping an average pace of 28km/h, register for the challenge ride. Below are two maps routing out both the classic and challenge ride.
Classic Route – 61.6 km
Challenge Route – 78.02 km
Besides the two different routes, varying rider abilities are divided into several different ride groups to further accommodate the wide variety of cyclist abilities that participate in the ride. Depending on the amount of riders participating, there will generally be 6-8 separate rider groups, with the slowest group leaving first and the fastest group leaving last, to try and have everyone finish approximately around the same time. As mentioned before, if you are planning on riding the challenge route, please be confident in your ability to maintain a 28 km/hr pace for a 75 km distance.
You can participate in The Ride For Clean Energy as part of a riding team. There must be a minimum of 5 riders to a team, and each team will be competing each other for most money fundraised. The team that wins earns a spot on the RFCE Teams Trophy as well as a gift prize. Registering as a team is perfect for businesses, students and social groups. If you wish to register as a team, please indicate which team you would like to ride with in the registration form.