Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
The next Simon's Cycles YANA Ride will take place Sunday, August 20, 2017. Visit www.yanacomoxvalley.com for more information or to register.
2016 Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
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 ready for the road we will be hosting a little wheelers ride.
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 under 19 years 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.
Join Simon's Cycles for a 100 km Sunday bike ride through the Comox Valley while fundraising for YANA. Riders should be capable of completing route in 6 hours. Registration will be open until 11:59pm Friday, August 19 or until such time as 600 total cyclists have registered. No registration will be accepted on ride day.
Join Simon's Cycles for a 50 km Sunday bike ride through the Comox Valley while fundraising for YANA. Riders should be capable of completing route in 4 hours. Registration will be open until 11:59pm Friday, August 19 or until such time as 600 total cyclists have registered. No registration will be accepted on ride day.
Join Simon's Cycles for a 25 km Sunday bike ride through the Comox Valley while fundraising for YANA. Riders should be capable of completing route in 2 hours. Registration will be open until 11:59pm Friday, August 19 or until such time as 600 total cyclists have registered. No registration will be accepted on ride day.
Join Simon's Cycles for a Sunday bike ride through the Comox Valley while fundraising for YANA. The student rate applies to post-secondary students and school-aged children interested in the 25, 50 or 100 km routes. Registration will be open until 11:59pm Friday, August 19 or until such time as 600 total cyclists have registered. No registration will be accepted on ride day.
Bring the whole family out to support YANA in this 6 km loop. Family riders will be challenged to discover answers to clues at the two playground stops along the route for some added fun. The $15 fee is per family member. Registration will be open until 11:59pm Friday, August 19 or until such time as 600 total cyclists have registered. No registration will be accepted on ride day.
The Simon's Cycles YANA Ride registration site will be open until 11:59pm Friday, August 19th OR until such time as 600 cyclists have registered. No registration will be accepted on ride day.
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
Little Wheelers (4 and under)
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
All partcipants who have registered on or before July 22nd are getting a free souvenir t-shirt thanks to Simon's Cycles YANA Ride sponsor, Dr. Conradi. Not available for purchase at event.
There are a limited number of Simon's Cycles YANA Ride jerseys for sale. The Sugoi Evolution semi-fit jersey will be perfect for you on ride day. Cost is $75 with 100% of the profit going to YANA. Drop by Simon's Cycles on Comox Avenue with a cheque payable to YANA or cash and get yours while quantities last.
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 Simon's Cycles on Comox Avenue or at the merchandise tent on ride day. Quantities are limited.
Ride kits may be collected on Sunday, August 21 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. There will be lunch 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.
Little Wheelers 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.
1) Question: Are registration fees eligible for tax receipts?
Answer: According to Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, registration fees are not eligible for tax receipts.
2) Question: Are pledges and donations eligible for tax receipts?
Answer: Yes and tax receipts are provided directly through Race Roster by email. 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 $20.
4) Question: Can I join a team after I've registered?
Answer: Yes, just email firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate your name and the team that you'd like to join.
5) Question: Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Answer: Yes but only up until August 17. Transfers must be done through the Race Roster site. New registrants resulting from transfers have the ability to change the souvenir shirt size only if the transfer happens before July 22.
6) Question: Can I change routes?
Answer: Yes, after August 17, all route changes will be handled at the check-in area at Marina Park. Please look carefully at the event schedule so you arrive at the check-in area at the correct time for the route you want to be doing and inform check-in volunteers of the change. They will ensure you have the correct route map and you'll be on your way. If you originally registered for the $15 family loop and want to do a longer loop, please be ready to pay the difference in cash or cheque.
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 2015 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride took place on Sunday August 16 at Comox Marina Park.
525 cyclists and 145 volunteers brought the event to life and helped raise over $44,000. 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 79 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 149 riders.
YANA’s Executive Director, Marcie Dumais, is overwhelmed by the community support, “I love this community. It never ceases to amaze me how we work together to support our own. People of all ages get behind our ride in so many ways, we have our partners at Simon’s Cycles, participants, sponsors and volunteers all coming together to create one incredible event,”
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.
Good Thinking Design
COMOX FIRE RESCUE
Merville General 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.
August 21 9:00 AM PDT - Start Time