Where does the event start and where do I park?
The event starts and ends at Hutch’s on the Beach
280 Van Wagners Beach Road,Hamilton,Ontario.  See the map on the website or brochure.
Lots of parking is available  in this public parking lot. 

 
If I’ve pre-registered, do I need to check-in on the morning of the ride?
Yes.  About 15 minutes before your ride begins go to the “pre-registered” table in the arena to pick up your bracelet which gives you access to the rest stops and lunch.If you need a final bike check, see our onsite mechanic from Neworld Cycle.
 
Are credit or debit cards accepted at the event?
Yes, we accept visa, cash and cheques.  ATM is available inside Hutch’s.
 
Will there be a bike mechanic if I have difficulties with my bike?
Yes.  He will have a supply of spare parts and can make minor bike repairs. He will also be selling space tubes.
 

Why are there specific start times for each route? 
These are recommended times so that the rest stops will be open when you arrive. This is also for your safety to avoid a large number of riders on the road at the same time.Your road marshals will help to monitor the speeds of each ride group.

 

Does everybody ride together? 
No, you can ride in a group or individually.  This is not a race.  This is a great opportunity to meet new people.

 

Are the routes the same as last year?
No, we change our routes this year to offer some new challenges for the 144km group.

 
Are the maps of the routes available before the ride?
The maps are available the morning of the ride. They can also be downloaded from our website. 
 

Are the rides on paved or gravel roads?
All of the rides are on paved roads.

 
Are the roads closed for this event?
No roads are closed – there is usually very little traffic.  Riders must obey all highway traffic rules including stop signs and stoplights.  Proper hand signals are encouraged to ensure the safety of the riders.
 
Once I am out on the road with my bike, how do I know where to go – how are the routes defined?
All routes are clearly marked with arrows on the pavement. Participants also receive maps and written directions.
 
Are there rest stops with food, water and washroom facilities?
Yes, all routes have full rest stops with water, Honey Maxx and snacks.  Washrooms are available at the start/end and at the half way for the 144km ride.
 
How far apart are the rest stops?
Rest stops are about 25 km apart.  All rest stops are indicated on your map and the times that the rest stops are open are indicated in the written directions.
All rest stops have a good supply of snacks – cookies, fruit, along with water and Honey Maxx. 
In an effort to reduce waste, we do not supply bottled water. 
 
Are there time limits to complete the ride?
Sag wagon and sweep riders will be on the course until 2pm.
 
What do I do if I need assistance or am not able to finish the ride?     
For a serious medical emergency, call 911.  For a minor medical problem, or if you are have difficulty cycling, or a mechanical problem, you can flag down one of the support vehicles patrolling the route.  Or if you have a cell phone with you call the Tour helpline (number is on the route map) and a support vehicle will come and get you and your bike.  Or go to the nearest rest stop and ask the volunteer there to call for a support vehicle.
 
What are the routes like?
The 144km route has some challenging hills. At the top of fifty Rd, the riders will have a re-group area.The 144km riders will return on a flat North Service route.
The 53km and 82km riders will mostly follow the North Service roads out and back.
 

Is the Brian Smith Charity Ride a bicycle race and what is the average speed?
The Brian Smith Charity Ride is not a race – you go at your own pace keeping in mind the times that the rest stops are open.  All riders must adhere to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act including stopping for stop signs and stoplights and riding not more than two abreast on all roads and in single file on busier roads.

 

Are tandem bikes allowed?
Yes.

 
Are recumbent bikes allowed?
Yes.
 

Are mountain bike allowed?
Only for the 53km and 82km distances.

 
How many people participate?
The event keeps growing.  In 2011, our eigth year, we had approximately 250 cyclists.
 
What happens if it rains the day of the event?
The ride goes rain or shine.
 
Do I have to wear a helmet?
YES!  Brian Smith Charity Ride requires ALL cyclists to wear an approved, properly fitting helmet at all times on the road.  No helmet, no ride.
 
Can I register the day of the event?
Yes, but advance registration is preferred (and most appreciated!), as it helps with our planning (quantities of food to order, number of maps to print, etc.).  Payment is either by cash or cheque.
 
Is there anything to do after the ride?
Yes, come join us at Hutch's on the Beach for free food, draw prizes, raffles and 50/50 draw.Share you day with fellow riders.
 

Where can I get additional information?
We hope this section has been able to answer your questions or concerns.  However, if you still have questions or concerns send an email to Event Director Nancy Hastings nancy@secondwindconditioning.ca.

 
We want all participants to have a safe ride.  For some important information, tips and techniques for safe cycling, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/cycling-guide