Our 8th Annual Boomer’s Legacy British Columbia Ride is fast approaching! Thanks again for signing up and know that in doing so you are helping us help our soldiers help others, abroad and at home.

We recognize that this message comes close to the event, and there may be confusion in regards to online fundraising and donations for this years ride. You can click here to jump ahead to the part of this message that focuses on these issues.

2015 BLBC Bike Ride – Victoria to Comox (13-15 July 2015)

All those requesting transport from Victoria to Comox need to be at the General Ashton Armoury on Vanalman Ave in Victoria NLT 12:30 hrs on Friday, 12 June for a 13:00 departure. Please RSVP to Andrew Vandor asap – andrew.vandor@forces.gc.ca

This year our event starts on a Saturday morning and concludes on Sunday evening. Therefore our Ride Registration Evening changes to Friday (12/06/2015) at the Royal Canadian Legion, Comox Branch, 1825 Comox Ave from 1800 hrs to 2100 hrs. 

(Early registration available from 17:00 for those who cannot attend later.)

A BBQ meal will be served, at a cost of $10 each. Then a rider briefing at 1900 hrs with our Ride Marshalls.

Upon arrival, you will be given your registration package upstairs at the Legion. Please do turn in any pledge sheet(s) and donations at the Registration Table. All riders are requested to pick up their registration packages at this time.

During online registration you had the option of paying for a jersey by selecting the $150 option. If you don’t find this jersey in your registration package, please approach one of the staff at the Registration Table.

Saturday Morning Gathering (13/06/2015; 07:00)

You will hear this information at Friday evening’s pre-ride registration event. Riders will meet no later than 07:00 at the CFB Comox Community and Fitness Centre located at 1575 Military Row. (When approaching the main gate of CFB Comox on Ryan Road turn right immediately before the main gate, proceed approximately 200 metres and watch for the Fitness Centre on your right. The parking lot is located immediately north of the building.) Please do not park in the CANEX parking lot as this lot is required for CANEX customers during the weekend. Daypacks will be loaded into the support vehicles and overnight bags and other equipment into the larger truck, before we head out as a group.

Whether this is your 8th or your 1st Boomer’s Legacy ride it is highly recommended that you:

 

  1. Visit the new event website as we may be posting updates and additional information: http://boomerslegacybc.ca
  2. Carefully read through the 2015 Boomer’s Legacy Rider Instruction Document.
    • Note! The link provided goes to a file stored on Dropbox.com, which cannot be accessed from certain DND (Department of National Defense) workstations. If you have trouble accessing the file, please visit our website and download it via this link.
  3. Continue training and make sure to participate in group rides while doing so.
    • During the ride you will be expected to maintain an average speed of approximately 20km/h over a period of 8 hours for two consecutive days.
    • Those lagging behind will be picked up and transported to the next rest stop.
    • Be aware that riding in a large group presents a dynamic very different from riding alone, which can be confusing and even intimidating at first.

Thanks again for signing up to join us for what promises to be another inspiring year of camaraderie, adventure and remembrance on the road between Comox and Victoria.

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Remember – It’s a ride, not a race!

Boomer’s Ride is designed and planned as a fund raising and awareness raising event and as such all riders ride together in a group.  Not only does this group aspect increase the awareness of Boomer’s Legacy through its visual impact, it permits greater safety by keeping all riders within the moving cordon provided by the RCMP and the Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle club.  As a result of this design we do not permit riders to range ahead of the RCMP escort nor do we permit riders to fall too far behind.  A ‘sag wagon’ will follow the group and pick up riders who will not arrive at the next rest stop in timely fashion.  This policy permits all riders to have a necessary rest and take on nutrition and liquids and enjoy the social aspect of the ride without having to rush.

 

Boomer’s Legacy BC 2015 Bike Ride – Best Approach to Online Fundraising

We are aware of the issues that you are facing when it comes to trying to do online fundraising. You may have also noticed that our regular website at – www.boomerslegacy.ca – is no longer available. Most of this stems from Support Our Troops being in the process of redirecting that domain to point to the generic page they will build for Boomer’s Legacy on their own website, while working on producing customised online fundraising software to better serve our needs.The following message from our friends at Support our Troops:

At this time the procurement of our peer to peer software that will be able to register events and offer the online donation function is in progress. The software is not yet ready to launch as there have been some technical issues linking to our financial framework, however our IT development team has been working very hard on this and we hope to have this ready for use in the coming months.

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So how are the riders in this year’s BC Bike Ride supposed to gather donations towards their ride?

Important!

When submitting online donations, donors should make sure to complete the line for Boomer’s Legacy and then at the bottom of the page where it indicates “Activity / In memory of/ In honour of” the section should be completed with: BLBC2015 – Insert Rider Name

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Understanding the obstacles faced with fundraising we have agreed to abide by the honour system for this year’s ride and trust that our participants will do their best to raise the regularly required $300 towards their ride. After all the reason we’re doing this is to Help Our Soldiers Help Others at Home and Abroad.