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The Bike Rally Top 10 List of things to do!
Wit h just over three weeks before Departure Days - 23 days to be exact - we present our Top 10 list of Things To Do as we gear up for our big adventure:
 
10.  Go to your local dollar store and buy extra-large zip lock bags for packing your clothes.
 
9. Put up your tent - make sure you have all the pieces....and best to waterproof it just in case.
 
8. Know how you're making a difference - read the "What We do" section of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation website.
 
7.  If you're a Rider - make an appointment for a bike tune-up at Cycle Solutions on Parliament Street (a Bike Rally supporter) or your local bike shop.
 
6.  If you're Crew - get your costumes and noise makers and start downloading your music play list.
 
5.  Read the Bike Rally Packing List (for the 1-Day Ride and for the 6-Day Ride) for some ideas of what to bring with you on your Bike Rally adventure.
 
4.  Start a "Bike Rally Packing Pile" in a corner of your home. Keep everything together in that corner as you collect it.  You'll save time and head aches and you won't have to look for things the day before Packing Day.
 
3.  Start putting your costumes and decorations together - read the Bike Rally 2017 Event Handbook for theme days and evening activities.
 
2.  If you're a Rider - make sure you can ride at least 100km, and do it two days in a row if you're doing the 6-Day Ride.
 
1. KEEP ON FUNDRAISING!!!  We know you're pulling out all the stops to raise more dollars for PWA, but we need you to keep going - PWA clients are counting on 
Put the "FUN" in Fundraising
Set a weekly fundraising goal
Instead of focusing on your total fundraising goal, set smaller weekly fundraising goals. You'll be amazed at how much more easier it is to raise funds when you're focused on a smaller amount! 
Get Bike Rally ready!
MEC Bike Rally Club Night
Tuesday, July 11
5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), 400 King Street West, Toronto

Need some last minute accessories for cycling or camping?Head over to MEC Club Night! Purchases made by registered Bike Rally 19 Participants will receive a 10% discount. Visit the Bike Rally table at MEC Toronto to collect your discount card. 
 
Discount applies in-store only with presentation of this coupon.  10% discount applies to all regular-priced, in-stock items.  A few specific products may be excluded from this discount including Blundstone footwear and Intense Bikes.  MEC services are excluded from this discount offer.  Offer cannot be redeemed for cash, combined with other offers or applied to prior purchases or services.  Member must be present at time of purchase.
 
MEC is a retail co-operative that sells exclusively to members.
Does your bike fit properly? 
Our friends at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College are trained in proper bike fitting mechanics in order to decrease muscle and joint problems. This technique is important to understand where riders might be experiencing pain and how to fix it through bike modifications. 

If you are experience any issues while cycling, come see us before the Bike Rally at one of our clinics. 
Bike Rally Bits and Bobs
What are you food requirements?
Do you have special dietary restrictions? Allergic to certain foods? Are you a vegetarian or vegan? 

We can make sure you're eating a healthy diet of foods you can eat during the week of the Bike Rally but....we need to know and soon!

If you haven't already indicated your diet requirements on your Participant Profile, let our Food Crew know what they are as soon as possible. 
Party Like It's 1999
It's a Pre-Bike Rally Dance Party!
Sunday, July 23
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Stryker Sports Bar, 31 St. Joseph Street, Toronto
 
After your team ride, join us for the last Bike Rally Social before the ride to Montreal.  

It's 1999 all over again and Year 1 of the Bike Rally.

Dress in your favourite 1999 fashions and enjoy the music from the 90s.  Send us photos of yourself from 1999 - we'll display the older photos with more current images and see who can match our past with our current Bike Rally participants!

"In for a Fiver" tickets will be available.
Bike Rally's Got Talent!
You've got talent - here's your chance to show it off.  Come as a group or come alone.  The "famous" talent show is back - this year on Day 2 of the Bike Rally.

Before getting on stage though, you'll have to register.  Space is limited so act quickly!  The deadline to sign-up is Tuesday, July 25.

Send us your name and performer/group name along with an email and/or a phone number that you'll have with you during the week of the Rally. If your talent involves music, you must provide your music on a USB stick or smart phone.

Get ready to enjoy your five minutes of fame!
Bike Rally Statistics  (July 5, 2017)
 
1-Day Riders: 52; 6-Day Riders: 140; Crew: 75
Raised: $509,702
On July 30, 2017, a dedicated group of Riders and Crew will embark on either a 6-day 600 km journey from Toronto to Montréal or a 1-day 110 km journey from Toronto to Port Hope, both in support of people living with HIV/AIDS. PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally is the sustaining fundraiser of the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. The experience of the Bike Rally promises to have a profound impact on the lives of every participant.

PWA PWA's Friends For Life Bike Rally
Toronto People With AIDS Foundation
200 Gerrard St. E, 2nd floor
Toronto ON  M5A 2E6
416-506-1400 ext. 238
Iwant2ride@bikerally.org
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