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A great way to enjoy the last of summer’s warm weather!

Just as we are finishing up the last few great days of summer, Saturday, September 28, 2019, is the perfect time to go out for a ride and raise funds for our local trail system. 

The Essex Region Conservation Bike Tour  incorporates all the last sights of summer, whether you are touring through picturesque country roads and along historic County Road 50, or meandering the off-road nature ride on the Chrysler Canada and Cypher Systems Group Greenways, this event is not to be missed. Back by popular demand, all routes will begin and end at Mettawas Park in Kingsville, and will feature a lakefront festival, with a delicious locally sourced lunch. 

  • An interactive map of the routes is available here

  • Map My Ride route for Advanced Road Route available soon.

  • A 2019 Fundraising Package will be available soon.  

Registration fees include lunch options.

Event Includes:

  • Adequate free parking
  • Route signposted
  • First aid
  • Emergency contact number
  • Route Marshals
  • Mechanical support 
  • Prizes for top fundraisers
  • Refreshments at rest stops
  • Free post ride lunch from local vendors 

Refund policy: Please note that our event offers no refunds or deferrals.  Transfers would be the responsibility of the transferee.  No exceptions.

Registration fees

Beginner Greenway Ride- 15 km

Ride to Schwab Farms Community Entrance, and back to Mettawas Park - Start time 11:00 am

  1. $30.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Beginner Greenway Ride - 15km (FAMILY RATE)

Up to 5 people (2 adults and 3 children under the age of 16). One low price for the whole family! - Start time 11:00 am

  1. $75.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Intermediate Greenway Ride- 32 km

Turn around at the Harrow Rotary Community entrance. Start time 10:00am

  1. $40.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Intermediate Greenway Ride (FAMILY RATE)

This sub-event is for families of up to 5 people (2 adults and 3 children under the age of 16). One low price for the whole family!

  1. $75.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Advanced Greenway Ride- 64 km

Turn around point at McGregor. - Start time 9:00am

  1. $40.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Intermediate Road Ride- 58 km

Turn around point at Holiday Beach Conservation Area - Start time 10:00am

  1. $40.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Advanced Road Ride- 110 km

Turn around point at Vollmer Complex - Start time 8:00 am

  1. $40.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Lunch Only

For those who would like to join the riders for lunch in Kingsville.

  1. $10.00
    May 16 - Sep 27
    Register

Team Challenge

Spending the day on two wheels is much more fun with your family, friends, and co-workers! All teams of ten or more riders will receive a $5 discount off each participant’s registration fee! If you would like to register a team, contact Peter, at 519-776-5209 ext 367, or pbaldwin@erca.org to receive your special discount code! 

So grab your friends, cousins, and co-workers, for a day in the saddle in support of local conservation efforts!

 


Sample Recruitment/Fundraising Letter

Dear {name},

Join me and have fun while raising funds for Place for Life campaign to support natural and cultural heritage conservation in our region!  I have formed a {team name} team in an effort to make the Essex Region Conservation Bike Tour even more fun and raise more money for local conservation efforts! Here are the details:

When: Saturday September 28th, 2019

Where: Mettawas Park, Kingsville

How: Just tell me you are interested in joining my team and I will help send you the link and team code to register.  My goal is for our team is to raise ${insert amount}! 

Everyone is welcome, so please invite a friend or two. I hope you will join me. Our regional trails are an opportunity to showcase what our region has to offer and support active living and healthy lifestyles. Our trails give us a strong sense of community and place found nowhere else in Canada. Together we can help enrich the Place for Life! 

You don’t have to be a rider to join my team and make a difference! You can pledge me or my team or volunteer at the event and help cheer everyone on! 

This is the 7th year of the ride and it is going to be the best ever! I hope you decide to join my team and get in on all the fun! Learn more about the ride at http://essexregionconservation.ca/bike-tour/ or send me an email and I can answer any questions you may have. 

For details on how the funds will be used, visit www.placeforlife.ca 

Your Team Captain,

Gather Pledges for the Place for Life

Top fundraisers will receive the following perks:

Pledges of $200 or more: Free 2020 Registration

Pledges of $300 or more: ERCA Conservation Area Annual Pass and Free 2020 Registration

Pledges of $500 or more: Cool Bike Tour gift, ERCA Conservation Area Annual Pass and Free 2020 Registration

Prizes based on individual fundraising, not team fundraising.

Top Donors

# Name Amount
1 Jim Potter $250.00
2 TECHNISTEEL $100.00
3 Chad Wilson $100.00
4 Dean Getty $50.00
5 Rick Crossley $50.00

Top Teams

1

Canadian Kid 🍁

Raised: $175.00

2

ESR -East Side Riders

Raised: $100.00

3

Social Bike Riders

Raised: $20.00

4

Enbridge Gas

Raised: $5.00

Top Fundraisers

1

Jim Potter

Raised: $250.00

2

Chad Wilson

$175.00

Raised

$500.00

Goal
3

Kenneth Roberts

Raised: $145.00

4

Lou Mullins

Raised: $50.00

5

Dean Getty

$50.00

Raised

$50.00

Goal

Event Schedule

  • September 28 8:00 AM EDT - Advanced Road Ride starts at Mettawas Park, Kingsville

  • September 28 9:00 AM EDT - Advanced Greenway Ride starts at Mettawas Park, Kingsville

  • September 28 10:00 AM EDT - Intermediate Greenway Ride starts at Mettawas Park, Kingsville

  • September 28 10:00 AM EDT - Intermediate Road Ride starts at Mettawas Park, Kingsville

  • September 28 11:00 AM EDT - Beginner Greenway Ride starts at Mettawas Park, Kingsville

Contact Information

Event Location

Mettawas Lane, Kingsville, ON, Canada

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