Huge Cycling Event About to Kick Off in Mississauga
Tomorrow is a big day for the City of Mississauga, as it's not only hosting the highly-anticipated "She the North" rally for homegrown tennis superstar and US Open winner Bianca Andreescu, it's also celebrating a huge cycling event.
The 12th annual Tour de Mississauga is hitting the city on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The rides will take place at the following times:
- 7:30 a.m. 50 km riders depart in staggered starts
- 8:15 a.m. 25 km riders depart in staggered starts
- 9:00 a.m. 10 km riders depart in staggered starts
- 9:30 a.m. 5 km riders depart in staggered starts
The Tour is a family-friendly event that has rides for every level of cyclist from five to 50 kilometres, and it allows riders to experience Mississauga's cycling trails through parks and on city roads.
Riders can enjoy free ice cream once they've finished their ride.
Entry fees are $5 for 5 km, $10 for 10 km, $15 for $25 and $20 for 50 km. Children 16 and under can cycle for free. If you want to participate, it's not too late.
You can register online by Saturday, September 14 at 2 p.m.
If you can't make it to the Tour, you can participate in the 2019 Bike Challenge.
Participants are encouraged to help the city meet its goal of riding 350,000 kilometres before Oct. 25.
The best part of the challenge is that it doesn't matter whether you ride to the corner store or to the local park, the more you cycle the more you support local hospitals. The support is coming from a community member who is donating $1 for every five kilometres cycled during the challenge to the Trillium Health Partners.
Cyclists can also check out the city's community rides.
Community rides range from five to 20 kilometres and are free and ideal for the novice, intermediate and experienced riders. The rides are led by volunteer marshals. The next rides are Sept. 19 and 21 and Oct. 5 and 26, each with its own distinct route in Mississauga.
The city is also asking residents to nominate a cyclist for the Phil Green Award
This award was created by the city to recognize the work done by Phil Green to promote safe cycling and sustainable transportation in Mississauga. The award is presented annually by the Mississauga Cycling Advisory Committee (MCAC) to a person or group. Submit a nomination before Sunday, September 15.
Are you checking out the Tour de Mississauga tomorrow?