Check out our recap of another fun-filled season enjoying the great outdoors – for great causes!
At Ecosparkle, we believe us Canadians owe it to ourselves to get out and enjoy the outdoor spaces found throughout the incredible communities we call home. We also believe in the power of giving back. It’s always been an important part of who we are, and continues to be a core pillar of strength for our team.
That’s why we take as many chances as possible to get out and involved in local community events across Ontario. In fact, on any given weekend, you’re likely to find us on the roads and trails, riding in support of great causes (plus, you might say we’ve got a passion for biking!)
Our community has given us so much over these past 8+ years, and that’s something we never take for granted.
Check out some of the photos taken from events throughout the year!
A look back at our year of community involvement
This year was perhaps our busiest yet. Our team was out in full force at several amazing events, making great use of the Ecosparkle RV.
Here’s a list of some of the great events we took part in over the year:
The Paris Ancaster
The Paris to Ancaster has taken place for the past twenty three years over the roughest farm lanes, trails and gravel roads we can find. Combined with unpredictable spring weather and the largest field of riders assembled in Canada, it has become a classic race experience for everyone from average riders to Canadian Olympians. This year, proceeds will be going toward St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation!
Spin the Lakes
Take a tour around Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka region. The tour takes you around several of the Muskoka lakes along routes with breath taking views and spectacular rock cuts
The Wild Ride
The Wild Ride features 25 km of awesome trail through the wildwood forest. Plus, proceeds benefit the Lung Association!
The Cambridge Tour de Grand
The Cambridge Tour de Grand is an annual recreational bicycle event which was first held in 1998 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the formation of the City of Cambridge. The event was organized by Don Rope, members of the Cambridge Trails Advisory Committee and other volunteers. The turnout of over 500 cyclists on a rainy Sunday morning, to ride one of three routes, showed there was great interest by local cyclists in such an event. As a result, it was decided to hold the Cambridge Tour de Grand on an annual basis.
Each year the number of cyclists participating has increased substantially with almost 3,000 cyclists riding in the 18th annual Cambridge Tour de Grand last year.
The Becel Heart&Stroke Ride for Heart
Imagine you’re riding down the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway in Toronto. There’s not a vehicle in sight and all you can see are 15,000 other Riders around you. It was truly a great feeling, and we had a blast taking part!
Centurion Cycling Blue Mountain
In 2009, after 30 plus years in the triathlon business, Graham Fraser, an avid athlete who has a self imposed mandate to help others get off the couch and get fit, conceived the idea of Centurion Cycling. Graham developed this platform to enable anyone and everyone to ride in a safe and fun environment, no matter the level of your fitness. From that concept, the motto “Racers race, Riders ride” was born. Centurion Cycling offers a great experience for everyone from the avid cyclist to the “I haven’t been on a bike since I was a kid” person.
Picton Kiwanis Cribbage Colour Ride
KIWANIS is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
This ride – in support of the Kiwanis Picton – featured a 25km route, a 50km route and even a 100km route for those of us who can’t get enough.
Exhale Mountain Bike Race – the Lung Association
Another great event in support of the Lung Association, this fantastic event took place at the Fanshawe Conservation Area and treated riders to 20km of beautiful, scenic riding – all for a great cause!
The Tour de Troit
This fantastic event saw our team enjoying a pleasant pedal from the Detroit River to Eight Mile and back along the Conner Creek Greenway (CCG), nine miles of cycling infrastructure that traces the original Conner Creek and links people, parks, green spaces, neighborhoods, schools and shops. Eight miles were complete and the funds raised at Cycle into Spring will support programming and the development of the final miles of the greenway!
We hope to see you out on the trails with us next year, as we full plan on taking part in these events and more!
See you then,
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