Day 6 – Our best and final ride day of the rally is behind us!
The ride was 100km from Lancaster to Montreal and included a few breaks along the way; including, the Quebec-Ontario border, Coteau-du-Lac and the Lachine Canal.
Most of the day was spent riding on bike trails and was quite fast since there were no street lights, stop lights or cars to contend with.
We decided to spend our last day together riding as a team and set up our pace line. It was a very efficient method of riding and made it so much easier to increase our speed when we were working as a group. We opted to skip the lunch they provided and, as a team, we found a patio to enjoy a meal on.
The ride itself, as with the rest of the week, did not disappoint and we were again welcomed into the towns we passed through with cheers.
The ride into Montreal and to Parc Emelie-Gamelin was an amazing experience. As we rode through the bike paths and Old Montreal there were people cheering out of their windows and standing on the streets. At Parc Emelie-Gamelin friends and family were waiting with a number of props and Chris and I were sprayed down with silly string as we passed. As you’ll see from the picture, the props were quite festive!
We spent some time in the parc to congratulate and celebrate with the other riders and crew, with cocktails of course. This was followed by unpacking of bins into my duffle bag and, the best part, a real shower!
Thanks again to everyone for your support over the past number of months. I’m happy to say that the Bike Rally has been able to raise 1.2 million dollars for Toronto People With AIDS, something they couldn’t have done without riders, crew and, more importantly, the generous and caring people that support them!
Looking forward to next year!
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