Bikeathon 2013 Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vhy_qvaQoPZ7Qbo1SdhGCW1EHPdOQQ3h1f1A7ZbSyZw/viewform
Spring is officially here ! ….and with warmer weather soon to follow, plans for our 4th Annual Wheels for Meals Bikeathon fundraiser are well underway.
Bikeathon 2013 is scheduled for Saturday June 1 (raindate June 2) and once again we will ride out from Officers Square in downtown Fredericton.
Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization that provides home delivery of healthy meals to seniors, disabled individuals and others who are not able to prepare meals for themselves to enable them to remain healthy and independent in their homes. We fundraise to partially subsidize the cost of our meals to make sure they are affordable for those who need them.
To help us raise funds through the Bikeathon, participating cyclists are issued a pledge form to raise financial support from family and friends. Pledge forms will be available by downloading from the website or by contacting the Meals on Wheels office at 458-9482. Cyclists then choose one of four designated routes on the Fredericton Trail System or one of two road routes, depending on their level of cycling experience.
Alternate Registration Fees are also available; Individual: $25 Family: $40 Team (3+) $50
In addition to cycling, there will be lots of on-site action happening in Officers Square:
- A Silent Auction with great prizes donated by supportive local businesses
- Align your mind and body in a Yoga session with instructor Rachel Barrett. BYOM ( Bring Your Own Mat – or Yoga on the grass)
- Enjoy a massage by Atlantic College of Therapeutic Massage students
- Warm up and stay in shape with Good Life Fitness
- Visit the Bike Decorating Station and enter the Decorated Bike Parade.
- Learn about your family’s history at our on-site geneaology booth.
Plus Snacks, Information, Demonstrations and more !!
8:30 Registration Desk opens
9:00 Silent Auction begins
9:45 Yoga Warm Up session with Rachel Barrett
10:00 100km Upper Gagetown road route departs - lead by Leah Levac
10:00 40 km Geology Trail Route departs
10:00 Bicycle Decorating Station Opens (Fredericton Boys & Girls Club)
10:45 Yoga Warm Up Session with Rachel Barrett
11:00 50 km Mactaquac road route departs – led by Rachel Barrett
11:00 Genaeology Booth opens
11:10 Zumba with GoodLife Fitness
12:00 Yoga with Emily
12:30 18 km Heritage Trail Route departs
12:35 Decorated Bike Parade
1:00 18 km Botanical Trail Route departs
1:15 7 km Amphibian Trail Route departs
1:15 Yoga relaxation session with Rachel Barrett
2:45 Silent Auction closes
3:00 Prizes for Top Fundraisers Individual, Team family
Silent Auction results
The Trail Routes:
Since this year’s bikeathon takes place on International Trails Day, with the guidance and assistance of members of the Fredericton Trails Coalition, we will celebrate by highlighting some of the gems of Fredericton’s trail system. The following will be guided rides of different lengths for people of varying ages, interests and abilities. At each stop, water and snacks will be on hand.
1) Amphibian Trail – A ride suitable for a young family – across the Bill Thorpe Bridge to the Gibson Trail, and then on to Hyla Park for a visit with a member of the Nature Trust who will introduce us to Canada’s only amphibian park!
Distance: 7 km. Departure: 1:15 Approx. Time: 75 – 90 mins.
2) Botanical Route – This is an intermediate route for those who would like a leisurely ride along the Lincoln Trail to visit one of Fredericton’s most beautiful gardens.
Distance: 18km. Departure: 1:00 Approx. Time: 1 1/2 hrs.
3) Heritage Route – Another intermediate ride for cyclists who would like to learn more about some of the fascinating history to be found along Fredericton’s trail system. We’ll ride the Marysville Loop, and hopefully meet with a local historian who will bring to life the Boss Gibson story in his home territory.
Distance: 18 km Departure: 12:30 Approx. Time: 2 hrs.
4) Geology Route – A longer ride for more seasoned cyclists, this will take us out to the mouth of Keswick along the Northside Trail. On the way, we’ll take a short hike up Currie Mountain, one of New Brunswick’s few extinct volcanoes, and meet with a local geologist, who will tell us all about it.
Distance: 40 km Departure:10:00 Approx. Time: 4 hrs.
Want the ride without the stops? You can do that too. Just let us know.
The Road Routes:
These routes are appropriate for experienced cyclists (aged 16 and over) with well-tuned road bikes and lots of energy. We advise that you don’t try these unless you are comfortable biking in some traffic. A spotter van will make the rounds to ensure that all is well, and to offer assistance to anyone experiencing difficulty, as well as to provide water and snacks. In addition, each group will have a leader and a sweep. Both routes begin and finish at officers Square.
1) View from the Ridge – View from the Ridge – This is a beautiful ride up the north side of the Saint John River toward Douglas and Keswick, then across the Mactaquac Dam, and back to town via Route 102 (the old TCH). A couple of pit stops will be arranged, hopefully including a particularly delicious one at the Keswick Kitchen Bakery.
Distance: 50 km Departure: 11:00 Approx. time: 2 ½ to 3 hrs.
2) Down to the Gage – This is another great route and a true challenge for those of you who are up for it. Cyclists who take on this route are strongly advised to ensure they are on a bicycle designed for long distance road trips. The route follows the river road (Hwy. 102) south through Lincoln and Oromocto, continues on Hwy 102 as far as Upper Gagetown, crosses the river via Hwy 2 and returns to Fredericton via Rte 105. The spotter van will have water and nutritious snacks available for stops along the route.
Distance – 100 km Departure: 10:00 Approx. time: 3 to 4 hrs.
For more information please give us a call at 458-9482 and watch this site for updates as the date gets closer.
To register please go to top of page