2021 Comox Bike Company YANA Ride
Bikes Will Keep Us Together….One Pedal at a Time
We thought we would be back to "normal" for 2021, but here we are, one year later. We'll keep moving forward together, one pedal at a time, until we see our way through to the other side of the pandemic.
The 2021 event will be a fully flexible ride! You decide when, where and how far you choose to ride, all while following the latest provincial guidelines. Registration is entirely by donation, and you collect donations to support your efforts or pledges per km or per minute towards the goal you set for yourself or your team.
Chart your own course and take some fun photos or videos along the way. No matter which way you flex your ride, you’re doing your part to raise funds and support YANA families!
Remember- If it has wheels and pedals, it’s perfect for this ride! Road bike, mountain bike, gravel bike, e-bike, trike, unicycle. Your ride, Your pace, Your way!!
- Registration by DONATION
- Fully Flexible Event- Ride WHEN, WHERE and WHAT you like
- ANYONE can participate from ANYWHERE
MASSIVE 50/50 DRAW:
You can also support this fundraising event by purchasing your ticket for the Comox Bike Co YANA Ride 50/50. A jackpot of up to $50,000 will be won by one lucky YANA supporter!
Click the link below to purchase your tickets:
ONLINE CHARITY AUCTION:
This silent auction will run from August 1-15th. It’s your chance to score some great bike gear, accessories and other fantastic items donated by the Comox Bike Co and their generous suppliers and supporters. Bid early, bid often, bid big!
YANA (You Are Not Alone) is a registered charity available to Comox Valley families who need to travel for the medical care of a child under 19 or a pregnant mother. YANA offers accommodation and provides funding to help with expenses while families are away from home.
YANA was founded in 1986 by Sandra Williams after the financial and emotional devastation resulting from her daughter’s diagnosis of congenital heart failure and lengthy medical treatment in Vancouver. Sandra and her family committed to building an organization that ensured Comox Valley families would have the support of their community during these stressful circumstances.
YANA is proud to be the steward of Sandra’s legacy and assists with an average of 400-500 medical trips each year, supporting hundreds of children and families.
Every dollar raised in the community goes to help provide financial support and accommodation to Comox Valley families who need to travel to access medical care for a child or pregnant mother.
$50 = 1 night stay at a YANA apartment in Vancouver near BC Children’s Hospital
$100 = 1 night stay near Nanaimo Hospital
$200 = YANA envelope of cash for family’s emergency hospital transfer
$400 = 2 weeks stay at Jeneece Place in Victoria
$1000 = 1 month travel expense funding for a family away from home
Thank you for your donation in support of Comox valley families..
"Chart Your Own Course" flexible route Closed
by donationJun. 1 - Aug. 15
Registration for the Comox Bike Co. YANA Ride begins June 1, 2021 at 9:00am.
Registration deadline is August 15, 2021 at 11:59pm.
Donations will be accepted until August 31, 2021. Prizes/incentives earned will be calculated as of 11:59pm August 15, 2021.
The 2021 Ride is 100% "Chart Your Own Course"!
SAFETY FIRST- Ride Safely observing current social distancing guidelines and all rules of the road/trails.
- Ride WHEN you like- Any time between August 1-15, 2021.
- Early morning, late in the day, ride one day, or ride many days....the choice is yours!
- Ride WHERE you like- Choose your own personal route distance, location, and pace.
- 1km or 1000kms; road, trail, track, or living room; speed of light or a snail's pace...the choice is yours!
- Ride WHAT you like- If it has wheels and is powered by YOU, it’s perfect for this ride.
- Road bike, mountain bike, gravel bike, e-bike, trike, unicycle….the choice is yours!
Custom 2021 Ride bibs may be collected at Comox Bike Company (#3, 1841 Comox Ave, Comox, BC) anytime between July 22 and August 15 by showing a print out or digital copy of your registration confirmation.
Prizes for Fundraisers
- Draw prizes for registered participants
- Discounts at Comox Bike Co. for all registered participants
- Prize for EVERY fundraising rider thanks to our generous sponsors
- Original Comox Bike Co YANA Ride t-shirt for top fundraising riders courtesy of Dr. Andreas Conradi
- TOP individual and TOP team prizes
The top 300 fundraisers will receive a free souvenir t-shirt thanks to Comox Bike Company YANA Ride sponsor, Dr. Conradi
Sneek peek of original t-shirt design coming soon! Fundraising riders who qualify for this incentive will be contacted directly regarding sizing and how to collect the shirt.
As with all great events, The Comox Bike CompanyYANA Ride is made spectacular by the participants and volunteers.
We are looking for Sponsorship and Prize Canvassers to help seek re-commitment from last year's sponsors as well as Ambassadors to spread the word and help submit photos and video for our social media. To join the Comox Bike Co YANA Ride volunteer team, sign up here:
Comox Bike Co YANA Ride 2021 Volunteer Sign Up
Our volunteer coordinator Shormila will contact you to get started. You can also contact her directly with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers make this event possible and YANA is incredibly grateful for the volunteer spirit surrounding this event! Visit https://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/volunteer/ for more information.
Rules and Guidelines
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) Acceptable bicycles. Any type of bike is allowed including but not limited to, electrically pedal assisted cycles (EPAC), hand cycles, wheelchairs, chariots, trail-a bikes, training wheel bikes, run bikes and tandems.
9) Use of ipods, MP3 players, headphones, or cell phones is not recommended while riding.
10) Rain or shine. This event will proceed in the event of rain so please ride prepared.
11) Minor Participants. All Minor Participants must have a waiver signed by a parent/guardian. Parents/guardians are solely and entirely responsible for the supervision, safety and well being of any Minor Participant before, during and after the Cycling Event.
12) No littering or public urination.
13) Be respectful of other riders and help others when needed.
YANA Ride History
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,”
2016 - Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
The 2016 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride took place on Sunday August 21 at Comox Marina Park.
A total of 600 riders took part in the 2016 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride on August 21 raising over $55,000 for local families. Participants were supported by over 150 enthusiastic volunteers. 45 business sponsors ensured event expenses were covered so that all dollars raised could go directly to local families. It was an incredible day of cycling and a wonderful example of the love that surrounds YANA.
Marcie Dumais — YANA's Executive Director was overwhelmed by the communities support. “There’s a feeling when that many people come together for something they all care about,” Dumais said. “Little passings have huge significance. For instance, running into a rider wearing a very, very special jersey. Or families that are out there riding for other families, and people that they care deeply about.”
“It’s an incredible privilege for Simon’s Cycles to be part of this event,” committee director Patti Fletcher said. “The community support is amazing. It’s a real honour to be a part of it…It exceeded our expectations in every way.”
2017 - Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
The 2017 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride took place on Sunday August 20 at Comox Marina Park.
A total of 593 riders took part in the 2017 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride on August 20 raising over $61,000 for local families. Participants were supported by nearly 150 enthusiastic volunteers. 49 Ride sponsors ensured event expenses were covered so that all dollars raised could go directly to YANA programs. It was an incredible day of cycling and a wonderful example of the love that surrounds YANA.
2018 - Simon's Cycles YANA Ride
The 2018 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride took place on Sunday August 19 at Comox Marina Park
A total of 600 riders took part in the 2018 Simon’s Cycles YANA Ride on August 19 raising over $70,000 for local families. Participants were supported by nearly 150 enthusiastic volunteers. 55 Ride sponsors ensured event expenses were covered so that all dollars raised could go directly to YANA programs. It was an incredible day of cycling and a wonderful example of the love that surrounds YANA.
2019 - Comox Bike Company YANA Ride
The 2019 Comox Bike Company YANA Ride took place on Sunday August 18 at Comox Marina Park
A total of 600 riders took part in the 2019 Comox Bike Company YANA Ride on August 18 raising over $80,000 for local families. Participants were supported by nearly 150 enthusiastic volunteers. 45 Ride sponsors ensured event expenses were covered so that all dollars raised could go directly to YANA programs. It was an incredible day of cycling and a wonderful example of the love that surrounds YANA.
2020 - Comox Bike Company YANA Ride
The 8th annual, but first-ever virtual Comox Bike Company Ride took place from August 1 to August 15, 2020 in the Comox Valley.
A total of 424 riders took part in a totally flexible ride, and against all odds, raised a record $110,000 for local families. Participants registered by donation and fundraised vigorously. In spite of the COVID pandemic, sponsors came through again generously supporting the event and the cyclists with hundreds of prizes. The community rallied behind YANA families more strongly than ever before, despite the local and global challenges we faced. We embraced our 2020 mantra - Bikes will keep us together....even when we're apart.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) Question: How do I go about collecting pledges and donations?
Answer: Each participant has a customizable pledge webpage through Race Roster. You can upload images and add text about why you're riding for YANA and/or why this cycling goal is important to you. Your webpage can be shared through social media or directly by email. If you prefer to collect cash or cheque pledges, please use a pledge sheet: https://www.yanacomoxvalley.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/YANA.PLEDGE-FORM.pdf. Contact YANA if you need assistance setting up your pledge webpage or for fundraising assistance; 250-871-0343 or email@example.com.
2) Question: Are registration fees eligible for tax receipts?
Answer: Since registration is by donation for the 2021 event, all registration fees will be eligible for tax receipts.
3) Question: Are pledges and donations eligible for tax receipts?
Answer: Yes. Tax receipts are provided directly through Race Roster by email. The online pledge website will be available until August 31. Cash and cheque pledges can also be brought to the YANA office (102-2456 Rosewall Crescent) on Tuesdays or Thursdays 10-2pm and tax receipts will be issued directly by YANA. Full names and addresses of your donors are required for tax receipts to be issued.
4) Question: What is the minimum donation amount to receive a tax receipt?
Answer: Minimum donation amount for tax receipts is $5.
5) 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.
6) Question: Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Answer: Yes until August 15, 11:59pm. Transfers must be done through the Race Roster site. There is a $1.95 transfer fee. Refunding and fee collection are handled through Race Roster.
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- Event contact
- Kelly Barnie
- +1 250-871-0343
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