Dear All:

Here is an opportunity to combine riding your bike with supporting worthy local charities. As many of you know, I’m on the Board of Hospice Peterborough and HP is in midst of raising 8.25 million dollars to build and start operating this region’s first 10-bed care centre at 325 London Street (formerly known as Langton House). Bridgenorth Ennismore Lakefield Rotary does its own important community work. BEL Rotary is doing a lot of the heavy lifting in putting this event on, so if you have any questions about the event that aren’t answered here contact Trevor Copeland tcopepland15@gmail.com

The first BEL Rotary Bike for Hospice Peterborough, presented by Peterborough Subaru, will be on Saturday, 17 September 2016. It will start and end at Isobel Morris Park in Lakefield, Ontario. The park is tucked in behind the Lakefield Arena at 20 Concession Street and is located right on the waterfront. It’s a beautiful spot for the start/finish and for the after party. There are more details on the attached poster.

If you want to register for the event, click on this link: http://www.belrotaryrideforhospice.com/

It will cost $65 for an adult to register and $40 for anyone under 18. We are encouraging every adult participant to raise at least $100 in donations. There will be swag (E.g. a food voucher to use the day). Your $65 covers the anticipated cost of putting the event on and it’s the money you raise that will support the work of Hospice Peterborough and BEL Rotary.

How is this ride different from other charity rides you’ve done? Well, there will be craft beer and local food available after the ride and each adult participant will get a grab bag of gift certificates from local businesses and all the money your raise will be used locally. There are 4 different distances, the longer the route, the more challenging your ride will be. Depending on the route you choose, your start time will vary. The 25 KM route is a simple circuit from Lakefield to Young’s Point back to Lakefield. It’s suitable for a family ride or for someone who doesn’t want to train.

The 50 KM route has a few hills and follows the 25 KM route for the first 12.5 KM, being all the way to Young’s Point. From there, the 50 KM route heads up North School Road, before returning to Lakefield, via the 15th Line, the 14 Line, Northey’s Road, the Selwyn Road, the Centre Line of Smith, the 7th Line of Smith, County Rd 23 and County Rd 18. The 25 and 50 KM routes will be sign-posted and fully supported.

The 100 KM route is actually 105 KM and very scenic. From Lakefield, you’ll go north on Young’s Point Road to Young’s Point, down the highway to Birchview and all the way along Birchview, right at McCracken’s Landing and then left onto County Road 6. From Clarina you’ll head south on County Road 40 to Webster Road, then east all the way into Douro. From Douro, you’ll head into Warsaw, up the freshly paved County Road 4 to Caves Road, over the wooden bridge, up Sawmill Road to Halls Glen, and then toward Lakefield on County Road 6. At the old Cheese Factory (Douro 4th Line), take a left and come into Lakefield along Strickland Road.

The 165 Route is a tough ride. There is over 1,100 m of climbing. As someone who is not a climber, I’m fairly sure you climb through various levels of Dante’s Inferno as you make your way from Lakefield across the causeway and down to Millbrook and from Millbrook to Douro and then from Douro to Lakefield.

We’ll have portable toilets at logical locations. Refreshments will be available in Young’s Point, Millbrook, Douro and Warsaw.

There will be gpx files for the 100 and 165 KM routes. You’ll need to be comfortable with doing your own way-finding on these routes.

Why not put together a group of 5 other cyclists to ride with and collectively raise $600 or more for HP and BEL Rotary?

Thank you for your consideration and for taking the time to read this email. I hope I’ll see you all on September 17th.

We will be posting FAQs and route descriptions shortly to: http://www.belrotaryrideforhospice.com/

Yours truly,
Alan Barber

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