FAQ

Important dates and times

8 days of riding starting the morning of August 20 to 27, 2022 with a celebration dinner in Halifax on the evening of August 27th.

Other important dates will be communicated out to riders. There are 6 training rides scheduled which riders will be expected to participate in.

Where does the ride start?

Wellspring Birmingham Gilgan House
Address: 2545 Sixth Line, Oakville, ON L6H 7V9

Where does the ride end?

Halifax, Nova Scotia at our celebratory finish line, where you will be greeted by Wellspring Champions, members, staff and family members.

What is the fundraising requirement?

$10,000 per rider

How fast and how far do I need to train to be eligible to ride?

We ask that all riders be capable of riding 120 km at 28km/h. This speed will allow riders to complete their shift with ample time available for breaks during the 6 hr shift. We have many resources to support your training plan to make sure you hit your target before launch day.

What type of surfaces will we be riding on?

We try our best to design the route based on the safest and smoothest public tarmac roads available; however, teams may need to navigate rougher roads if no other options are available.

What type of bike do I need?

We recommend using a road bike with road tires for this ride.

Is the ride supported?

Follow car - Where legal, the team riding will have a support van driving behind the group at a safe distance to provide increased visibility to live traffic. The follow car also provides access to the team’s bike tools and supplies and emergency rider support.

RV - An RV carries all other team supplies and food and acts as a rest stop along the route.

What is the format of the ride?

The ride is a 24-hour relay with 5 teams riding as individual pelotons in 6-hour shifts. When not on the bike, teams have 24 hours to jump ahead to their next transition point, eat, perform maintenance on the bikes, sightsee and sleep (not necessarily in that order). This format allows each team to ride a different shift every day including the night shift (12am - 6am). This cycle repeats until the team arrives at the finish line.

What will be the total cumulative distance each participant will ride?

Approximately 850-950 km.

How do riders get home?

Riders will be responsible for booking their own return flight from Halifax to Toronto and will be reimbursed for up to $250 CAD by Wellspring.

Are there celebratory events at the end of the ride?

There is a celebration at the finish line when our riders conclude their 8-day journey from Toronto to Halifax, followed by a celebration dinner on the Saturday evening in Halifax, which is attended by riders, volunteers, Champions, donors, family members and Wellspring staff.

Is my family able to join us at the finish line?

Yes, family is encouraged to join in the fun by meeting their loved ones at the finish line.

What expenses are participants responsible for during the ride?

During the ride to Halifax, riders are initially responsible for hotels, meals, gas for vans and other team expenses, which will be reimbursed upon your return to Toronto. You must track these expenses and provide receipts for reimbursement.

Once in Halifax, Riders will be responsible for the cost of their own meals, beverages and entertainment.

Riders are responsible to arrange for their own transportation to the Airport from the hotel. Riders must also make their own arrangements to return home from the Toronto Airport at their own expense.

For additional detail or questions, please contact Lauren Muir, Events Manager at lauren.muir@wellspring.ca