Take part in a challenging cycling event in Ottawa this summer
- Ottawa Travel Guide
- Friday, 29 June 2012 09:38
Cyclists often flock to Canada's capital to enjoy the beautiful summer weather and all the easily accessible attractions. Hopping on a bike can be a great way to sightsee and stay active as well on holiday. To continue on the theme of a cycling getaway, at the end of the season, travellers can bring their own cycles or rent some in the city to participate in the "Ride the Rideau" race, which helps raise funds for the local Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
This year the organization has set even bigger goals for the amount they plan to raise and the number of participants they hope attend. Funds will help develop new screening tests for cancer, enhance current cancer therapies and find out more about what factors can cause these ailments.
Over the past two years, bikers have collected more than $2.7 million for cancer research to be conducted at the hospital. Hundreds participate every year, either cycling solo or in teams. After raising the minimum amount of donations to participate, people are able to gear up for race day, which lies on September 8. While there are no rewards for those who complete the course first, the long route is a challenge in itself and serve more as a personal test of strength and stamina.
The ride is a 100-kilometre course that follows the Rideau River from the city down to Merrickville-Wolford. Participants are given a hearty breakfast and free bicycle safety check at the beginning of the ride. At the finish, there will be an enthusiastic welcoming committee and medallions given to all those who complete the ride. There will also be a free motor coach ride back to Ottawa so bikers can rest and relax.
More information about registering and the route can be found on the official Ride the Rideau website or its Twitter page. Tourists can learn more about age and physical restrictions and how they may walk the route instead if they prefer that fundraising alternative.
Whether travellers decide to participate in the race or simply take their bike out for a leisurely ride by a river or in a park, taking tours of Ottawa on two-wheels is a fantastic way to experience the city as a holiday destination.