Travel to Trenton
VIA Rail, as a national partner to Wounded Warriors Canada, will provide complimentary travel from Toronto and Ottawa to Trenton on Friday, August 23th.
Meet and Greet
Friday, August 23th there will be a meet and greet at the Ramada Trenton. The Address is: 99 Glen Miller Road. The meet and greet begins at 6:30 pm
Friday night accommodations
The Ramada Trenton is holding a block of rooms for HHR participants with a July 2nd cutoff for preferred rate. Please contact them directly at 613-394-4855. Tell them you’re with the Highway of Heroes Bike Ride at the time of booking.
Where exactly does the ride start?
At the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial which is in Bain Park in Trenton. The memorial is located just southwest of CFB Trenton on the shore of the Bay of Quinte. The closest intersection is RCAF Rd. & Old Highway 2.
Will I be able to park my car for the weekend in Trenton?
YES, the Wing Commander of CFB Trenton has generously offered FREE parking on the base for all participants. Participants MUST register their cars in order to take advantage of this option
On what sort of roads will be we riding?
The route will feature a mixture of road types and each of the two days will have a distinct character. You will be riding on everything from quiet paved country roads, to downtown streets through some of our host communities.
Though you won’t be on the highway itself, the route will feature a strong connection to the Highway of Heroes and will cross-over Hwy 401 numerous times throughout the two days. We will be crossing many of the same bridges on which Canadians have paid tribute to a fallen solider.
How long will be we riding each day?
Dependent upon your route selection, either 80km or 110km per day.
Will we be riding as a group?
Through-out the day riders will inevitably form-up into smaller groups with others of like speed. There will be both rest stops and a lunch stop on the ride each day. We will be using those stops to bring the riders back together.
We will be asking faster riders to take their time and enjoy each of the lunch and rest stops while allowing slower riders to return the larger group. We want to take care of each other out on the roads!
What is available at the Rest Stops?
At each of the two Rest Stops, riders will be served Bananas, Oranges, Chips, Cookies (gluten free chips and cookies will be available), Pop and Water.
What can we expect for Lunch?
There will be a delicious cold lunch served on Saturday that includes sandwiches, salads, fruits and sweets! On Sunday we will enjoy a BBQ hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258 in Scarborough.
For those with gluten allergies and vegetarian requirements, we have provided menu items suitable for your needs. If you do not feel it is enough for what you will need to make it through your entire journey, please ensure you have packed appropriate nutritional requirements for your own personal needs.
If you require vegan or nut-free menu items, please ensure you have packed appropriate nutritional requirements for your own personal needs that are not available in the above list.
Will there be First Aid on the ride?
Odyssey Medical will be joining us on the ride from Trenton to Toronto. One team of First Responders will be available on course to ensure all riders are safe. Medical services will be available from the start of the ride until everyone arrives at the hotel on Saturday night and then once again at the start of the ride on Sunday morning until we arrive in Queen’s Park.
Please ensure you carry all medications and personal items on your person that you will need for your own safety during the ride.
Will there be Tech Support along the way
Velofix Toronto Midtown will be providing Tech Support at the Start, Lunch and Finish of each day. Owner/Mechanic Steve Rabjohn has graciously offered his services for the ride.
MultiSport Canada staff will be also able to offer basic tech support (floor pump, extra tubes, Allen keys) along the route itself.
Overnight in Ajax
Where will we be staying?
Cyclists will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn & Comfort Suites in Ajax. Accommodations have been arranged for those indicating accommodation was required on their registration form. If your accommodation needs have changed since registering, please let us know as soon as possible.
What are the details for Dinner?
A complimentary team dinner will be hosted by Wounded Warriors Canada and will take place at the Ajax Convention Centre colocated with the hotels.
What are the arrangements for baggage?
Your luggage will be well looked after by the crew at MultiSport Canada. For ease of travel and organization, however, please do try to carry all medications and personal items on your person that you will need for the duration of the ride. When you arrive at the hotel on Saturday night, your luggage will be waiting for you in the lobby. When you arrive in Queen’s Park on Sunday afternoon, your luggage will be available to you upon departure.
Where exactly does the ride Finish?
The ride finishes Queens Park in Toronto – site of the Ontario Veterans War Memorial.
How will I get back to Trenton if I have parked my car there?
A shuttle bus will be provided to transport you back to Trenton. A professional moving company will provide bike transport for your equipment with care.
Getting Ready for the Ride!
What sort of preparation would you recommend if I want to participate in the event?
Being physical well-prepared to complete the distance will truly help you enjoy the ride and keep you safe. Cycling is easy on your joints and most people find that building-up the distance that they can ride is quite attainable with the proper lead-time. Strive to be able to ride 100+km beforehand as well as doing rides on back-to-back days. Happy training!
What’s the ideal type of bike?
Whatever bike you feel comfortable and safe riding will always be your best bet for most situations. With that said, a road bike is generally the easiest bike to maintaining a steady riding pace on pavement. There are plenty of road bike options available that put a strong focus on comfort and control.
What are some key things I should consider with my bike?
Taking your bike to your local bike shop is your first best step. They will be able look-over the bike to ensure it is in good working order, perform any needed repairs or recommend replacement of any worn parts. Pay attention to your “contact points” on the bike (seat, shoes & handlebar) to be sure that they’re ready for the additional riding you’ll be doing.
Be sure to also take a look at your tires as they are a key factor in both safety and comfort. In recent years more riders are moving to tires that are slightly wider which softens any road vibration as well as giving more protection from flats.
While you are at your local store, consider picking-up extra tubes, a mini-pump, tire levers and a small multi-tool (for minor roadside repairs). That way you can be self-sufficient on your training rides.
Does fancy cycling clothing actually make a difference? Or does it just make you “look” fast
The number one consideration that any top-level cyclist has is comfort and so should you. If you’re not comfortable cycling is simply no fun at all. Proper fitting cycling shorts are the number one piece of clothing to have. Having two (or more) pair will allow you to ride whenever the opportunity presents itself and doesn’t tie your riding to laundry day. Cycling shorts are meant to be worn next to skin (i.e. no underwear required) and, though somewhat awkward to walk in, are specifically designed for a cycling position in-mind.
Using anti-friction cream is also a great way to reduce any irritation that might be caused by the repetitive nature of cycling.