We follow the club motto of “Ride. Give. Live” by annually promoting, participating and supporting charity rides each year. Our club and members passionately believe that cycling not only brings people together to ride but also to achieve greater goals. At our club, giving back is clearly one of those greater goals.
Traditionally the charities that the club and its membership have made a major support effort towards has included the Tour For Kids – Ontario, Tanya’s Ride for Brain Injury and added in 2020 the Tour D’Abernethy.
“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth“.
Tour D'Abernethy - 2021
Provisional date Saturday August 21, 2021 – Beaver Valley
In 2020 the inaugural Tour D’Abernethy replaced the canceled Tour For Kids ride by continuing to support Camp Oochigeas which supports children with cancer.
The ride was initiated by Jim’s friends in memory of Jim Abernethy who was an active VCC member and a fund raiser for Camp Oochigeas. VCC was pleased to be asked to participate and support this great cause.
Last year we were blessed with a beautiful day and had +35 riders participating over three group rides: 160 km and two 80 km rides. Thanks to all who made this event run smoothly and especially to Beaver Valley Ski Club for making part of their facilities available for hosting the event.
Might there be a gravel option added in 2021? Stay tuned.
Tanya’s Ride 2021
Saturday October 2nd
In 2018, Velocity established its own charity event, Tanya’s Ride for Brain Injury, raising funds to support the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST). This ride honours the memory of our dear friend and fellow cyclist Tanya Luder, who suffered a serious brain injury while riding at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas in 2014. Tanya was an avid cyclist, as well as an impressive fundraiser on Velocity’s Tour for Kids team. For five years following her accident, BIST gave Tanya tremendous support and boosted her spirits greatly. Before passing away in October 2019 from complications of her injury, Tanya was a bright and enthusiastic presence at the first two rides. We at Velocity hope her spirit will live on through this annual event.
In 2020, the ride was held out of Albion Hills and offered three road ride distances and a gravel option.
For 2021 we plan to hold the event at Albion Hills once again and expect to offer similar ride options. And cross your fingers that COVID co-operates so we can have some on-site outdoor catering to be enjoyed by all.