Raising funds for healthcare in Central Alberta.
SUPPORT A RIDER
It all began in 2020, when Jason Ezeard, Financial Controller for the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation, set out to support front line healthcare workers with a 24-hour virtual ride. He rode for 12 hours on back-to-back days, the length of a healthcare worker's average shift. He raised nearly $5,000 for Central Alberta healthcare.
In 2021, a group of cyclists from across Canada committed to a 12 hour virtual ride, in hopes of raising double the amount from 2020. The event raised nearly $25,000! These funds helped us purchase medical equipment such as Ophthalmology instrument stands and procedure chairs, Sipap Ventilators, a TIMS Swallowing Station, Holter Monitors, Bladder Scanners and much more.
In 2022, we ask you to join us for our Cycle for Central Alberta event on March 25 as we set out to raise $50,000. Funds raised from this ride will go towards providing state-of-the-art medical equipment and services for Central Alberta, an area that serves nearly half a million people.
We can't wait to ride together, however you choose to do so.
Riders from all over Alberta will join us virtually in person, at home or outdoors to ride for 12 hours and raise funds for healthcare in Central Alberta.
Date: March 25, 2022
Start Time: 8:00 am
Indoor Riding Venue:
Holiday Inn & Suites Red Deer South
33 Petrolia Drive, Gasoline Alley E, AB T4E 1B3
Hotel Rooms will be available at a discounted rate
Virtually at riding venue (indoors)
Virtually at home (indoors)
On the road (outdoors – wear your mittens!)
Am I allowed to take breaks?
Of course! This event isn't only about the time spent on your bike. It's about having fun and pushing your own limits. In the end, we are all working towards one common goal: raising funds for healthcare in Central Alberta.
Want to share the time?
12 hours of riding isn’t for everyone. This event isn't only about the time. We appreciate all efforts while raising funds for healthcare. Gather a team and share the bike ride and time.
Included at the indoor riding venue
A television to be plugged into your existing ride setup
Aid Station including nutrition, hydration and medical
A comfortable rest area to take breaks and enjoy refreshments from Dose Coffee
Registration fee is $25 and includes the following:
Branded water bottle
Contests and prizing
Opportunity to raise funds for our local hospital
An unforgettable experience
T-shirt or Jersey will be awarded to participants who donate or raise $250 or more.
Frequently Asked Questions
12 hours of cycling is too much for me. What are my options?
This event is all about pushing your limits and having fun but if 12 hours is too much for you, share the time with a friend or team. We encourage riders to share the time on the bike and work together towards a common goal. We recommend sharing one fundraising page as part of a team. This event isn't only about the time. We appreciate all efforts while raising funds for healthcare.
How do I fundraise?
Once you complete your registration, a personalized link will be provided to you. You will receive two emails to help you set up, customize and share your fundraising page. Hold tight, these emails aren’t instant.
What do I need to bring to the riding venue?
The riding venue is meant for participants to ride virtually and/or stationary using an indoor bike setup. We encourage participants to bring their bike, stationary bike, trainer, laptop or tablet, fan and any other personal items to make you more comfortable.
What is available at the riding venue?
We are offering a limited number of televisions to be plugged into your existing ride setup and an aid station including nutrition and hydration. A medical team will also be on site. Our team will be there to ensure the riders remain engaged with activities and surprises. Radio stations will also be on site to help us boost our fundraising efforts.
How do I ride at home?
For those interested in remaining at home, a Zwift meetup will be scheduled but you are free to ride however you choose and connect with us on social media throughout the 12 hours.
What is Strava and Zwift?
Strava is the social network for athletes. Activities recorded on GPS enabled devices go to your Strava feed, where your friends and followers can share their own activities, give kudos to great performances and leave comments on each other's activities. We intend to stay connected via Facebook and Strava.
Zwift isn't necessary to participate. Zwift is a multiplayer online cycling physical training program that enables users to interact, train and compete in a virtual world. A bike trainer is directly linked to Zwift, allowing you to control your avatar. We intend to ride collectively on the Zwift program but isn't necessary to participate.
What are your COVID-19 protocols?
We will continue to monitor the protocols set out by Alberta Health Services. Participants are required to mask in common indoor areas of the facility when not riding (e.g., washrooms, hallways, entries and exits).
To participate at the riding venue, the following is required:
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination through electronic or paper records.
Negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test, from a privately-paid testing provider, completed within 72 hours of the event’s start time.
Formal documentation of a medical exemption.