About the Ride
We are cycling from Kingston to Montreal because Ian went to Queen’s , so the route has symbolic significance. It also happens to be a beautiful ride, with most of the 280kms along Highway 2/ Rte 338 hugging the Saint Lawrence River, along the seaway and through the scenic Thousand Islands. Much of the route is along dedicated bicycle paths.
Friday, Aug 16:
Departure from Montreal:
1:30pm Gather at the Martin Swiss Store at 313 Victoria Ave. Load bikes into the trailer provided by Martin Swiss.
2:00pm Get in your designated vehicle and leave for Kingston.
5:15pm Arrival at Queen’s. Check-in at Leggett or Victoria Hall depending on your booking. Campus map will be provided, but all buildings we need are within 5 minutes walk from each other.
6:30 pm – Pre-Ride briefing at Leggett Hall in one of their common room. Please be punctual (this is Jane talking). It’s critical that you are all there on time as we have a lot of material to cover in one hour:
1- Welcome and introduction of riders (John)
2- Introduction of Support Team (Jane)
3- Update on what Ian’s Fund has been doing (Igor)
4- Run-through of the route and highlight of major points (rest stops, lunch stops, tricky spots, etc…) (John)
5- Riding rules and tips (Steve)
6- Wrap-up (John)
7:30 pm – Walk to The Iron Duke on Wellington at 207 Wellington St. We each pay for ourselves. After dinner is free time. Note that the Kingston music festival will be on a few blocks away if you’re interested in listening to some outdoor blues.
Saturday, Aug 17:
6:30 am – Breakfast will be served at Goodwin Hall. Please bring your bike with you as you will be leaving from this building.
7:00 am – Group pictures at Ian’s bench in front of Goodwin.
7:15 am – We are OFF! Everyone must stay together through Kingston until we get over the bridge, then the pelotons can split up according to their speeds.
1st rest stop: Gananoque Fountain Park (31 kms)
2nd rest stop: Brown’s Bay Park, Rte 2, Mallorytown (36 kms)
Lunch: St Lawrence Park, Rte 2, Brockville (13 kms)
3rd rest stop: Tracy’s Ice Cream Cone, Rte 2, Cardinal (36 kms)
Last stop: McIntosh Inn, Morrisburg (24 kms)
3-5pm – Arrival at the McIntosh Country Inn & Conference Centre, 12495 Highway #2 East, in Morrisburg!! Chill by the pool and hot tub and replay the ride of your life.
7:00 pm – Dinner at the McIntosh in the Orchard Room (we order a la carte and each pay for ourselves.) Speeches, awards, tall stories and other goodies await.
Sunday, Aug 18:
6:30 am – Breakfast will be available from 6:30 on. We will be arranging the departure time for each peloton Sunday night. The slowest peloton will leave first, then the middle one, then the fastest. The plan is to have everyone arrive at the Finish Line at approximately the same time. Remember, it’s a RIDE, not a race…
1st rest stop: Milles Roches Island, Long Sault Parkway (31 kms)
2nd rest stop/Lunch (depending on which peloton you’re in): Cameron’s Point campsite, Rte 2, Summerstown (36 kms)
Lunch/ 3rd rest stop: Rte 338 at 34th Ave East, St-Zotique (32 kms)
FINISH LINE!!: Chez Greg’s, 898 Rue Main, Hudson (32 kms)
3:00pm (approx) – Arrival at the Finish line care of Greg Dunning in beautiful Hudson!!! Champagne, beer (and more beer), burgers and snacks! Shower in the annex or go jump in the lake! All are welcome to relax and enjoy the Dunnings’ beautiful property.
For those who need, Steve will bring your bike back to the Martin Swiss store where you can pick it up later. For those who don’t live near the store we will have racks on the support cars to get your bike (and you) to where you need to go.
Now, PRAY FOR SUNSHINE!!!
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