Simon's Cycles YANA RIDE
2015 Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
Thank you Comox Valley! The Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride was a beautiful day of cycling and community spirit. This event site is now closed but donations can still be accepted through yanacomoxvalley.com
The Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride is a fun, challenging and unique bicycle ride through the beautiful Comox Valley. Whatever your ability we have a ride you’ll enjoy, routes include a 25km, 50km or 100km ride. There will also be a 6km family loop that allows riders of all ages to cycle together regardless of ability. For little ones not yet using pedals we will be hosting a special run bike race.
Whatever you choose, we hope you’ll bring your family and friends and come out to have some fun.
All proceeds from this event will benefit You Are Not Alone (YANA).
You Are Not Alone (YANA) was founded in 1986 and the mandate is simple; when a child 0-19 or an expecting mother living within School District 71 needs to leave the Comox Valley to receive medical treatment, YANA is available to help. YANA offers assistance with accommodations and provides funding to help cover expenses while families are away from home.
When Sandra Williams’ four-year-old daughter, Roberta, was diagnosed with congenital heart failure the family's life was turned upside down. Sandra stayed in Vancouver for months at a time while her husband stayed behind working, managing the house and three siblings and also travelling back and forth to Vancouver whenever possible. The costs were astronomical and debilitating, placing enormous pressure on the whole family.
After meeting many people in the same position from across the province, Sandra and the Williams family realized that something had to be done to alleviate the financial burden for families dealing with a childhood medical crisis. They committed to finding a solution for the Comox Valley. It was crucial for the child to be cared for and heal with their family at their side. Since YANA's humble inception in the William's home in 1986, YANA has assisted over 1000 families.
Please join us in this ride for Comox Valley families.
Check-in 8:00 – 8:30 am, Ride Briefing 8:40 am, Ride starts 9:00 am
Check-in 9:00 – 9:30 am, Ride Briefing 9:40 am, Ride starts 10:00 am
Check-in 10:00 – 10:30 am, Ride Briefing 10:40 am, Ride starts 11:00 am
Check-in 10:30 – 11:00 am, Ride Briefing 11:10 am, Ride starts 11:30 am
Starts 12:00 pm
Anela Kahiamoe starts: 12:15 pm
Stella Swanson and her Family Band starts 1 pm
Run Bike Race
Check-in 1:00 – 1:20 pm, Decorate your ride number: 1:00 -1:20 pm, Ride Briefing 1:20 pm, Ride starts 1:30 pm
From 12:45 pm, Grand Prize 1:45 pm
Registrants have the opportunity to order a bike jersey while quantities last through Simon's Cycles. This Sugoi Evolution Semi-fit jersey is perfect for your Sunday ride. Simply drop by Simon's Cycles on Comox Avenue where you will have the opportunity to try one on and place your order. Please bring cash or cheque made payable to YANA to pay for your jersey. Jerseys cost $75 with all profit going to YANA. You can also purchase jerseys at the event using the same methods of payment.
Now you can rock the Simon's Cycles YANA Ride with every pedal stroke! Keep your feet feeling warm and cozy and looking fine with these awesome ride socks.
Simon's Cycles YANA Ride socks come in two sizes and are available for $10 from the merchandise tent on ride day.
Ride kits may be collected on Sunday, August 16 from 8:00 am until 11:30 am at the registration area. We suggest you collect yours during your check-in period, see Event Schedule above for timing.
Ride kits include:
Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride has fueling stations throughout the various routes. Expect to find fruit, water and energy bars as well as basic first aid. Bathrooms are available at all fueling stations.
Fueling stations for the 100km ride include:
Fueling stations for the 50km ride include:
Fueling station for the 25km ride:
Fueling station for the 6km Family ride:
On your return to Marina Park you will find food and entertainment. Salish Seafoods and Tria Culinary will host a BBQ for all cyclists and volunteers.
We will have support vehicles and riding mechanics on routes in case you are in need of bike support.
Your bib number will feature a telephone number in case you need bicycle support at any time. 911 for emergencies.
All cyclists will receive a congratulatory medal at Marina Park.
Run bike participants will receive a special prize.
All participants will be entered in a draw to win prizes donated by Simon's Cycles and their suppliers. There are dozens of prizes including a grand prize draw to win a $500 Simon's Cycles gift certificate.
As with all great events, The Simon's Cycles YANA Ride is made spectacular by the participants and volunteers. We're delighted to announce that our volunteer needs have been filled thanks to a great community response. We will continue to keep a list of interested volunteers for future. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about volunteering or if you would like to be involved as a volunteer for future events.
All partcipants who are registered on or before July 23rd will be given a free souvenir t-shirt thanks to Simon's Cycles YANA Ride sponsor, Dr. Conradi. Check out the groovy design! Not available for purchase at event.
To help with sizing, have a look at the following:
Men's Women's Youth
All participants are eligible to a one time only discount at Simon's Cycles. The earlier you register the bigger the discount. Please provide your proof of registration to Simon's Cyles in order to receive your discount. Discounts will be honoured until August 15, 2015.
Register before June 14:
Receive a 25% discount on regularly marked bicycle product, this includes parts, accessories and clothing*
Register between June 15 - 30:
Receive a 20% discount on regularly marked bicycle product, this includes parts, accessories and clothing*
Register between July 1 - 31:
Receive a 15% discount on regularly marked bicycle product, this includes parts, accessories and clothing*
Register on or after August 1:
Receive a 10% discount on regularly marked bicycle product, this includes parts, accessories and clothing*
*Simon's Cycles reserves the right to authorize applicable product.
We have arranged training rides and would love it if all those registered for ride day would come out and join in. The rides are intended to be a fun outing to help you prepare for August 16th. There will be 2 rides each day, a 50km ride starting at 9:00am and a 25km ride starting at 9:30am. These rides are limited to 30 cyclists and participation is on a first come basis. Join us at the shop on the following dates:
June 20th, 27th
July 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
For more information call Simon’s Cycles: 250-339-6683
1) Question: Can I raise pledges instead of paying the registration fee?
Answer: Yes, but it is a bit tricky. You will need to pay the registration fee with a personal credit card. If you decide to use the first $50 of your fundraising to cover this cost, you can do so, however, you will have to raise those funds personally and these donors will not be eligible for a tax receipt.
2) Question: What if someone hands me some money, can I still secure them a tax receipt?
Answer: Yes, but it will take a bit of work. You will need to make a pledge on their behalf via this registration site using your credit card but provide their full name for the tax receipt. Cash and cheque pledges can also be brought to Marina Park on ride day. Look for the Pledges & Donations station under the YANA tent. Full names and addresses of your donors are required for tax receipts to be issued.
3) Question: What is the minimum donation amount to secure a tax receipt?
Answer: Minimum donation amount for tax receipts is $10.
4) Question: Can I buy a jersey after I've registered?
Answer: Yes, as long as quantities last. Simply drop by Simon's Cycles on Comox Avenue where you will have the opportunity to try one on and place your order. Please bring cash or cheque made payable to YANA to pay for your jersey. Jerseys cost $75 with all profit going to YANA. You can also purchase jerseys at the event using the same methods of payment.
5) Question: Can I join a team after I've registered?
Answer: Yes, just email email@example.com and indicate your name and the team that you'd like to join.
2008 - 2011 - YANA Century
What started out as a challenge to road riding enthusiasts in 2008 shaped into something much more powerful and beneficial. Originally, the goal of The Century Ride was to complete a 100 mile (or 160km) road ride throughout the Comox Valley. Then ride coordinator Les Black of Black's Cycle decided that perhaps those who ride for their own health and wellness might be able to support those who are preoccupied with the critical health of someone they love. This extra challenge was woven into the century ride. Can you ride 100 miles? Can you challenge yourself? There were no trophies awaiting at the finish line, nor were there points for competitors or prizes for age categories. But there were cycling enthusiasts seeking a challenging ride both to keep fit and to meet other riders who enjoy similar feats.
We are all grateful for the years of cycling, fundraising and organizing the Black's Cycle family have contributed.
2013 - Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
In 2013 Simon’s Cycles joined YANA to bring back a cycling fundraiser to support Comox Valley families. The focus was fun and fitness for the whole family.
The Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride took place on Sunday August 17, 2013 at Comox Marina Park. 271 cyclists and dozens of volunteers brought the event to life and helped raise over $28,000. All of the funds raised went directly to Comox Valley families in need, thanks to the support from our gracious sponsors.
There were cyclists of all ages and abilities. Some riders challenged themselves to a 100km, 50km, or 25km routes, riders experienced Comox Valley’s beauty, including beaches, forests, farms, rural and urban roads. With the opportunity to taste some local treats along the way.
Alex Dunae, 2013 YANA Ride Participant recalls, “I signed up for the YANA 50km ride on a whim and immediately regretted committing myself so publicly to the longest ride of my life. But with friends and family committing cash, riding was the only option. And so I rode. 49kms later I climbed Comox Hill and was grinning as I cruised to the finish. I’ll definitely be back for 2014.”
Other cyclists challenged their whole family with a 5km family loop. A run bike race provided a way for the youngest of YANA’s supporters to get involved which added a wonderful enthusiasm to the day.
2014 - Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
The 2014 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride took place on Sunday August 17 at Comox Marina Park.
411 cyclists and 100 volunteers brought the event to life and helped raise over $39,000. All of the funds raised went directly to Comox Valley families in need, thanks to the support of gracious sponsors who covered event expenses.
Riders ranged from 1 to 78 years in age and chose to ride 100km, 50km, 25km or 5km in support of YANA. Most popular was the family ride which was supported by 141 riders. Many participants also chose to fundraise for YANA, the top fundraiser generated over $2,500 in pledges.
Patti Fletcher of Simon’s Cycles hoped that the event would raise $32,000, the amount required to fund 5 months of accommodation expenses for YANA families. We are proud that the community helped us exceed this goal and delighted with the community spirit that surrounded the 2014 event.
2015 - Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
The Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride returns on Sunday, 16 August. The focus is a fun, family day of cycling, to raise funds for YANA and Comox Valley families in need.
There will be a route for cyclists of all ages and abilities including 25km, 50km or 100km rides. We’ll also be hosting a 6km family loop and a special run bike race for those not yet comfortable with pedals.
Thanks to our partners at Simon's Cycles
Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of YANA and for making this event possible.
COMOX FIRE RESCUE
Gram’s Goodies Home Baking
Merville Road Store
Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support of YANA and for making this event possible.
1) This is not a race, but rather a self-paced ride.
2) Helmets are mandatory. An ASTM, ANSI or SNELL approved helmet is required. Cyclists must wear a certified cycling helmet with the chinstrap buckled at all times while riding on the course.
3) Carry I.D. It is recommended that all participants carry personal ID and health card in case of emergency.
4) Obey all traffic laws. All cyclists are personally responsible for obeying all traffic laws; this includes traffic lights and stop signs.
5) Emergency vehicles always have the right of way. If a rider encounters an emergency vehicle, the rider is to give way to the emergency vehicle by pulling over, stopping and dismounting.
6) Ride safely. Unless passing another rider, please ride on the right side of the lane as far as possible. Before passing another rider, announce yourself by the words “passing on the left” and ensure there is no vehicular traffic approaching from either direction. If you choose to stop while on the route, signal to the riders behind and pull over safely. Ride with your head up and in single file whenever possible. Never overlap your wheels with another cyclist. Please be aware there may be obstacles on the course. You are responsible for your own safety.
7) Maintain control and speed of your bike, even going downhill. Know your limits.
8) Ride within the designated route.
9) Display your event number. All registered cyclists must wear their event number according to instructions.
10) Acceptable bicycles. Hand cycles, wheelchairs, chariots, trail-a bikes, training wheel bikes, run bikes and tandems will be allowed. Please be aware that due to issues of size it may not be possible to transport these bicycles should assistance be required.
11) Use of ipods, MP3 players, headphones, or cell phones is not recommended while riding.
12) Event cancellation. The race directors and local law enforcement have the authority to modify or cancel the event in the event of unsafe conditions. The race directors reserve the right to modify, postpone, shorten or re-route the event at any time either on their own judgment or if instructed by local law enforcement personnel. Entry fees are not refundable.
13) Rain or shine. This event will proceed in the event of rain so please come prepared.
14) Event cut-off time. Any participant on the course after 4:30pm will be offered transport to the finishing area. Those who do not accept transport will be unsupported for the remainder of the ride.
15) Riders 18 years or younger. All riders 18 years or younger must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian and submitted at the time of package pick-up.
16) No littering or public urination.
17) Be respectful of other riders and help others when needed.
18) Please obey traffic management personnel, volunteers and course marshals.
19) Thank the volunteers. Without volunteers this event would not be possible. We value our dedicated volunteers and want to ensure that they have a great time. Abuse of any volunteer will not be tolerated. Please thank them for helping make your day a successful one.