FAQs

What’s included in the reg fee?

  • All accommodations in Vancouver between Sunday, September 1st and Wednesday, September 4th, in Halifax the evening of Saturday, September 21st. On the road you’ll sleep in bunk beds
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners on the road. Meals in Vancouver and Halifax during above dates
  • All snacks and drinks on the road
  • Daily route support with our vans (medics, mechanics,) and RV’s (RMTs)
  • Transportation from the airport in Vancouver to the Hotel.
  • All luggage transfers
  • Mechanical assistance from mechanics while in Vancouver including bicycle assembly and mechanical support during the ride
  • Kit:
    • National Riders: 3@jerseys, 3@bibs/shorts, 3@socks, 3@long sleeve T, cycling jacket, vest, off bike jacket and SWAG.
    • Stage Riders*: 1-3@jerseys, 1-3@bibs/shorts, 1-3@socks, 1-3@long sleeve T, cycling jacket, vest, off bike jacket and SWAG

      *quantity is dependent on number of days riding.

  • Daily routes and maps that you can download to a Garmin
  • Information on how to prepare for your tour

*Please note that this list is meant to provide a general description only. Please contact us for details.

What's not included?

  • Airfare to Vancouver and from Halifax
  • Transportation to airport in Halifax
  • Extra kit
  • Personal items purchased during the tour
  • Personal hotel expenses; mini bar, telephone, lunch, laundry, room service
  • Bicycles, equipment needs
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Transportation to start/end point for Stage riders

What's the Daily Schedule?

6:30am – Wake up

7:00-8:00 – Breakfast

8:00-Noon – Ride

Noon-1pm – Lunch

1:00-5:00 – Ride

5:00-6:00-Dinner

6:00-700- Shower

7:00-11:00 – Shuttle in RV, update blogs

11:00 – Sleep in bunks

What if I can’t ride the entire distance?

If for any reason you are unable to ride the daily distance while on the ride, we’ll make sure there is space for you in the support vehicle until you are able to rejoin the group.

What if I can’t do the fundraising?

We’re here to help you reach and exceed your fundraising goal. National Riders on average raise over $25,000 although the minimum fundraising amount is $15,000. We’re here to help!

What Coast to Coast events am I expected to register for as training rides?

Coast to Coast hosts a number of events in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia in addition to our year round team building event, The Inside Ride. For details on each event visit the website

May 25th: Tour d’Epicure Okanagan (www.epicuretour.org/okanagan/)

July 12th – 14th: Tour for Kids Alberta (www.tourforkids.com/alberta/)

July 27th & 28th: Tour for Kids Atlantic (www.tourforkids.com/atlantic/)

Aug 16th – 18th: Tour for Kids Ontario (www.tourforkids.com/ontario/)

Year round: The Inside Ride (www.theinsideride.com)

Will we meet families during the ride?

Yes we will meet many families as we visit over 200 communities and Children’s hospitals right across Canada.

Do I need to be an experienced cyclist?

You certainly need to be riding at an intermediate level. By mid August, you should be a confident group rider, able to descend safely, know how to ride in poor weather, be able to ride multiple century rides in a row and ascend in one century ride. You should be riding a total of 600 km/week (300-400 km/week for Stage Riders) during your training. We’ll work with you leading up to the event to support you to this level. Training programs are available to help reach your goal.

What equipment do I need to have?

Think about all the things you need to pack when you go on vacay: medications, phone, laptop, wallet, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, rain gear, base clothing, comfy clothes, sunglasses, heart rate monitor, lights and fender for your bike, notepad, photos from home…oh, and your bike.

We’ll review all the items you need to pack and all the items we’ll provide you over the next few months.

What are Stage Riders?

Can’t dedicate 18 days to riding across the country?  No worries, we have a fantastic option for you! You can choose to ride 3, 4 or 6 days with the National Team.  More options will be announced by the end of March including a 5 day ride.

Details on reg fees and fundraising below:

Vancouver – Calgary:

  • Reg Fee:  $1045
  • Fundraising:  $3000

Calgary – Winnipeg:

  • Reg Fee:  $1245
  • Fundraising:  $3000

Toronto – Halifax:

  • Reg Fee:  $1495
  • Fundraising:  $6000

I’m interested in being a support crew, what do I need to do?

The support crew is vital to the success of the team and event. An organized and highly functioning support team ensures the overall success of the event. The goal is to create an atmosphere that considers the safety of all participants, enhance the experience and allow the riders to focus on pedaling while they’re on their bikes and resting when they’re in their bunks.

If you’re interested in being a crew member, check out details and roles here:  nationalkidscancerride.com/support-crew/  and apply as a crew. Once the application has been completed, a phone conversation will take place and those accepted will be ask to register in Great Feats.

What are some skills/attributes for each support crew?

  • Greet every day with a smile
  • Be a good listener
  • Not necessarily tech savvy, but must know how to use your smartphone, use google, waze etc.
  • Eager,  adventurous, easy & adaptable
  • Able to “rough it” (no makeup and limited hair care products)
  • Sense of humour
  • Able to get dirty and still smile
  • Smart and inventive
  • Able to take short naps and remain alert
  • Able to drive safely and tactically
  • Bilingual is a bonus
  • Non-smoker

What is the goal of support crew?

  • Ensure the safety of our riders, fellow support team and the public
  • Ensure riders & support team are welcomed, supported and guided as quickly as possible to meet their needs
  • Ensure that we always represent the spirit of community, support and understanding that brought us together
  • Raise funds for kids cancer in Canada
  • Represent our sponsors and Foundation with respect
  • Be Ambassadors for the cause and Foundation

Do support crew get SWAG?

Indeed you do!  Once you’re in Vancouver in September, you’ll be decked out in the finest National Ride kit including T’s, jacket, water bottle and more!

As support crew do I need to fundraise?

You are strongly encouraged to fundraise, although there is no minimum requirement.

Who ya gonna call?

General event questions:  Sharon Andres: Sharon.Andres@ctacacf.org

Training: Hannah Spence: Hannah.Spence@ctcacf.org

Routes:  Ron Mitchell: Ron.Mitchell@rogers.com

Blogs, personal websites, urls: Danny Cagen: Danny.cagen@ctcacf.org

Brand communications: Alison Love:  Allison.Love@ctcacf.org

Sponsorship: Mike.Smith@ctcacf.org

Donation and participant questions: Kim Lucas:  Kim.Lucas@ctcacf.org

The Inside Ride, logistics:  Nicole Beaton: Nicole.Beaton@ctcacf.org

Support Crew: Danica Rodrigues: Danica.Rodrigues@ctcacf.org

What’s the cancellation policy?

Once registered for The National Kids Cancer Ride, there is no refund on your reg fee.  The initial deposit of $1000 for National Riders is due upon registration, the second installment is due March 30th after this date there is no refund.

Stage riders reg fees are due upon registration and refunds will be not be offered after registration.

What happens if I have to pull out of the event due to injury?

Contact Sharon.Andres@ctcacf.org  or 416.908.9865 asap

What is considered a receptible donation?

Donations made by individuals or a company over the amount of $20 with complete mailing addresses will receive a tax receipt.

Donations stemming from, but not limited to, auctions, event tickets, pooling together money do not qualify for tax receipts.

What do I do with cash and cheque donations I receive?

Cash and cheque donations you receive may be entered individually in the fundraising section of your participant page and will credit your fundraising total immediately. Log into the site, then hover over your name in the top right and click on ‘Manage my Page.’ Click on ‘Fundraise and Thank Yous” go to ‘Enter Cash/Cheques’ tab. Enter your donations.

  • For cash donations or cheques made out to you personally: You may enter each cash donation separately with the donor’s name, email and address so that they each receive a donation receipt. You can then process all cash donations to your credit card and keep the cash. You will receive a payment receipt email to confirm the donations you process on your credit card. Remember, if you receive cheques made out to you personally, rather than to the Event/Foundation, you treat these as cash donations.
  • For cheque donations: You may enter each cheque donation separately with the donor’s name, email and address so that they each receive a tax receipt. You then mail the cheques to us at: 20 Queen St W, Box 17, Toronto, Ontario  M3H 3R3  Canada

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you enter a bulk of cash donations at once or bulk of cheque donations at once, you can enter a generic name, such as “generous donors” but you don’t enter a donor email or address, since no donation receipt will be issued.

Do I need a pledge form?

For sure! If you’re collecting a large number of donations, feel free to use our pledge form.

National Ride Pledge Form

How do donors receive their donation receipts?

When a donor donates online, they will see a donation complete page after submitting their donation that they may print. They will also receive a tax receipt email immediately once the transaction is complete. If entering the donor’s email yourself, ensure you enter their email address in order for the receipt to be emailed directly to the donor. If you don’t have donor’s email you can either enter your own or enter receipts@ctcacf.org and we’ll mail a receipt within 6 weeks.

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