Roger’s Harvest Ride is an inter-club social ride hosted annually by the Tetrault Family, Velocity Cycle, and the Velocity Cycling Club. Founded by Roger and Laura Tetrault in 2001, the Harvest Ride is an open invitation for Edmonton cyclists to enjoy the fellowship of the cycling community and the stunning autumn colours that bless us here in the Edmonton region.
In 2010, the ride took on an additional meaning as its founding member and our good friend Roger passed away after a long battle with melanoma. Since then we have introduced a charitable aspect to the ride, where proceeds are donated to the Alberta Cancer Foundation in support of melanoma research at the Cross Cancer Institute.
Roger was a dear friend and a long time leader in the cycling community in Edmonton, so we ride in his memory.
When: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Where: Ardrossan Memorial Hall, 60 1 Avenue, Ardrossan, AB T8E 2A2
Registration Deadline: To be Announced, 2017 Registration opening soon
Ride Options: 40, 60, and 100 km
Maximums: 25/peloton, 300 total riders
Cost: $30/rider (Donations to the Alberta Cancer Foundation are welcomed on-site at sign-up or during registration. No refunds available)
The ride location will again be at the Ardrossan Memorial Hall. All rides will start and end here, and lunch will be served in the hall.
Sign-on: 9:00 – 9:55 am
Start Time: 10:00am (Order: 100A, 100B, 100C, 100D, 100E/F, 60A/B/C, 60D, 60E/F, 40(all))
Lunch Served: 11 am – 2 pm
**Please refer to the venue map for locations.
The 2017 Route will be largely the same as in 2016, however small route changes may become necessary for construction or road conditions. The most up to date routes can be found below.
All three ride route options are made up of two loops originating from the hall. The north loop is roughly 60 km and the south loop is roughly 40 km. The 100 km route is both loops combined.
100 km (north and south loop) – Event/Map | Cue Sheet | Route Export
60 km (north loop only) – Event/Map | Cue Sheet | Route Export
40 km (south loop only) – Event/Map | Cue Sheet | Route Export
Bernie’s Hand-Sketch (2016)
Safety on the roads is a priority at Roger’s Harvest Ride, and to ensure that safety is maintained the ride organisers have determined that group sizes should not exceed 25 riders. To facilitate this, the ride will start in waves with the fastest waves starting first. During registration please choose a starting wave that corresponds to your abilities. The registration system allows you to see who is signed up to ride in each group, so you can choose accordingly. Ride organisers reserve the right to adjust groups at the start line. Smaller groups may be combined.
Groups will start together but do not necessarily need to stay together. Moving forward or backwards between groups is permitted throughout the ride, as is riding alone or in smaller groups, however if one group catches another it is asked that a group larger than 25 riders is not maintained, please separate the peloton accordingly.
Additionally, please keep the following safety notes in mind during your ride:
- This is an open course, please share the road
- Move over as soon as a vehicle approaches the group from behind (poor cyclist behaviour risks complaints to the County, and jeopardises our ability to obtain permits for future cycling events)
- Never ride on the left half of the road
- Exercise caution at all intersections (especially highway crossings)
- Obey all traffic laws
2017 Registration coming soon!
Step 0: Read the Safety Information above
Step 1: Choose your distance (40, 60, 100 km)
Step 2: Choose your speed (very fast, fast, medium-fast, least-fast)
Step 3: Choose your wave (refer to the table below for a list of registered riders)
Step 4: Register on the Alberta Cancer Foundation Website (2017 Registration coming soon!)
Please consider volunteering to help this event run smoothly, volunteering does not preclude you from riding, you can do both! Sign up here.
For last minute and during-the-ride updates, please watch Twitter (@VelocityBikeAB). If you’re not a Twitter user, our Twitter feed can be found in the side-bar of the homepage at www.velocitycyclingclub.ca.