A Fall Cycling Tour

This cycling event is held annually in early September touring the country roads outside of Thunder Bay.
The Central Canada Charity Ride (formerly the Caribou Charity Ride) has become a September tradition for cycling in Thunder Bay and is worth the visit to ride the country roads on outskirts of the largest urban centre in Northwestern Ontario.
Plan a trip to visit Thunder Bay the second weekend in September to enjoy the start of fall colours on your bike. Sign up to be among the expected 400 plus riders to take part in what is the first Central Canada Charity Ride on Saturday September 7, 2019.
This event sponsored by Central Canada Industries is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Lake Superior region with an early morning ride through the rolling hills of the quaint countryside of the Slate River Valley in the Township of Oliver Paipoonge. With the Nor’wester Mountain range as your backdrop, it is a September weekend to remember.

Cycling Weekend to Remember

Cyclists can choose to ride of three distances: 41K, 60K or 100K. This touring event appeals to just about everyone from the average weekend rider to the accomplished cyclist.
All you need to participate is a bike, a helmet, determination, and the desire to have a good time. You can make a weekend of it with tune-up rides on the country roads on the outskirts of Thunder Bay that take you through the Slate River Valley and Nor’wester Mountain range. If you have a mountain bike, check out the trails at the Kamview Nordic Centre or the Shuniah Mines.  

The Country Side Route 

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Belluz Farms smack im the middle of the Slate River Valley is where riders are asked to gather for the start/finish starting at 8 am Saturday. Belluz Farms is located on Candy Mountain Drive off Highway 130 which is a short drive south of Thunder Bay off Highway 61.
The 100K ride and the 60K ride will see the first wave cyclists to hit the road at 9 am, followed by the 41k ride at 10:30 am.  The rides will travel through Oliver Paipoonge Township near Thunder Bay, Ontario. It is a scenic and safe ride through rolling hills of the Slate River Valley on paved country roads.
The post-ride social and draws will be hosted at Sleeping Giant Brewery.

Charity Fundraiser

The event is a charity fundraiser for cancer research and Central Canada Industries is pleased come on board to support what has turned into the largest cycling event in Northwestern Ontario. The fall ride has become a big regional draw for cycling enthusiasts attracting riders from  not only from Thunder Bay but communities in Northwestern Ontario, Manitoba, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Last year, cyclists and their supporters helped to raise an astonishing $40,000 for a very worthwhile charity, the Northern Cancer Fund – a total that event organizers  aim to mee or surpass this year.

Registration Deadline

Entry for the event is limited to the first 400 paid entries. Registration is only being accepted online on the Charity Ride website. The early bird entry fee is $75 before Sunday August 18, then increasing to $85 up to September 4, Late registration is $100.
Riders receive an event t-shirt, a post-ride lunch, and chance for prize draws. There is an early bird bonus for signing up before August 15th. Ride Kit Pickups are Saturday, September 6, 2019, 10:00am – 1:00pm, at Fresh Air now on Balmoral Street.
About Chelsea Cameron-Fikis

Chelsea Cameron-Fikis is a graduate of Lakehead University with a Master’s Degree in English and Women’s Studies.  

Chelsea enjoys hiking, travelling and creative writing in her spare time. In the future Chelsea  wishes to one day write and publish her own book.



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