Rider FAQs

FAQs

Will you cancel the event?

BMO Ride for Cancer will happen in 2022 unless we experience severe weather conditions (like a hurricane or major rain event) or are mandated by provincial health restrictions. In 2020 and 2021, Ride for Cancer established a new event structure and COVID-19 safety protocols where Riders, volunteers and spectators came together on Ride Day, while staying safely apart. Safe and successful events were executed through a staggered start format to keep event grounds capacity low, a COVID-19 pre-screening process, increased sanitization stations, encouraged mask wearing and social distancing protocols. In 2022, the event will employ similar measures to ensure a safe event for all stakeholders. Specific protocols and event structure are subject to change based on the current COVID-19 environment on Event Day.

How will we receive updates on the plan for BMO Ride?

We will be reaching out to Team Captains and Riders via email with information from the time you register and leading all the way up to event day. Please stay tuned to our website and visit our social channels for updates as well.

Will BMO Ride for Cancer take place in person this year?

BMO Ride for Cancer will take place in person on October 1, 2022, unless under severe circumstances related to COVID-19 or weather events. The event does not plan to go virtual. In 2020 and 2021, Ride for Cancer established a new event structure and COVID-19 safety protocols where Riders, volunteers and spectators came together on Ride Day, while staying safely apart. Safe and successful events were executed through a staggered start format to keep event grounds capacity low, a COVID-19 pre-screening process, increased sanitization stations, encouraged mask wearing and social distancing protocols. In 2022, the event will employ similar measures to ensure a safe event for all stakeholders. Specific protocols and event structure are subject to change based on the current COVID-19 environment on Event Day.

What does the event structure look like this year, and will it be the same Ride 2021 structure?

The event structure will follow the same model as our 2021 structure. With the addition of a finish line celebration.

  • Offsite event kit pick-up
  • Virtual opening ceremonies
  • COVID-19 safety protocols
  • Same start and finish location
  • Staggered starts
  • Enhanced pit stops
  • Celebration way
  • Finish line celebration (food & beverage)

More information can be found here.

*This event structure is subject to change based on the COVID-19 environment and protocols in place for event day.

Will there be a rain date for BMO Ride for Cancer?

BMO Ride for Cancer is a rain or shine event. In the case of severe or inclement weather the BMO Ride for Cancer team will evaluate and communicate any changes with all participants and volunteers.

Registration

How can I register?

Joining us as a rider only takes a few simple steps! Follow the registration process by clicking the REGISTER button in the menu above.

What am I committing to when I register as a BMO Ride for Cancer adult rider?

Registering as a adult rider in BMO Ride for Cancer means you are investing your time, effort, and creativity into raising at least $1,000 in support of cancer patients in Atlantic Canada. You are also committing to bringing your excitement and energy to the BMO Ride for Cancer event on Saturday, October 1, 2022, where you will join hundreds of your fellow riders, a safe distance apart, as you ride along the South Shore for the day.

How do I register a youth rider?

Adding youth rider only takes a few simple steps! Follow the registration process by clicking the REGISTER button in the menu above.

  • Please note that all BMO Ride for Cancer riders must register with their own individual email address.

What am I committing to when I register as a BMO Ride for Cancer youth rider?

Registering as a youth rider in BMO Ride for Cancer means you are investing your time, effort, and creativity into raising at least $500 in support of cancer patients in Atlantic Canada. You are also committing to bringing your excitement and energy to the BMO Ride for Cancer event on Saturday, October 1, 2022, where you will join hundreds of your fellow participants, a safe distance apart, as you ride along the South Shore for the day.

What am I committing to when I register as a BMO Ride for Cancer team captain?

Registering as a team captain for BMO Ride for Cancer means that you are committed to rallying your troops. Your goal is to recruit team members to your team and motivate them to reach their individual $1,000 fundraising goal. Teams can be as small at two people or as big as you like. The more the merrier! One of the benefits of creating a team is that you can raise money together through group activities and events, and then combine the proceeds.

How much is the registration fee?

The non-refundable registration fee is $100, which is a demonstration of participants’ commitment to support cancer patients in our region and to attend BMO Ride for Cancer. In return for the registration fee and raising a minimum of $1,000, participants will receive a race kit including an official BMO Ride for Cancer cycling jersey, finish medal, and other great swag items – not to mention the unforgettable experience of BMO Ride Day!

Is there a minimum or maximum number of people to form a team?

There is minimum of two people per team and a team can be as big as you’d like.

Can I register now as an individual rider now, but form a team later?

Absolutely! As part of the registration process, you choose a username and password. This information can be used to log in to your online account where you can add yourself to a team, start a team or become a team captain. You can also send fundraising emails, edit your personal fundraising page and account information – all through this one log-in.

How do I register off-line?

If you don’t have a credit card and/or don’t want to register onlinePlease contact BMO Ride team, info@yourrideforcancer.ca today and she would be happy to help you register for BMO Ride for Cancer.

How do I join a team after I’ve registered as an individual?

  • Log in to your Dashboard on the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click “Join a Team”
  • Type in the desired team you wish to join OR type in Captain’s First/Last name. Click “Search.”
  • Click “Join team” and confirm team membership

Can I change my team’s name?

Yes, the team captain can change the team’s name as follows:

  • Log in to your Dashboard on the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click “Team Page”
  • Select “Edit Team Profile” underneath the participant center menu
  • Change name and click “Save”

Can I update out teams fundraising goal?

Yes, the team captain can change the team fundraising goal as follows:

  • Log in to your Dashboard on the yourrideforcancer.ca website
  • Click “Team Dashboard” in the drop-down navigation under your name
  • Select “Team Page Settings”
  • Change fundraising goal and click “Save”

When I register a team, are the spots on my team reserved for the number of people I expect to recruit?

No, spots are only reserved once team members register themselves for the event.

I don’t have a bike. How can I participate?

Please contact BMO Ride team info@yourrideforcancer.ca for more details on how our team can support you.

I can no longer ride. What do I do?

If you can no longer attend the event, please contact BMO Ride team at info@yourrideforcancer.ca as soon as possible.

I have notified the BMO Ride team that I can longer participate on event day. Where do the funds that I have raised go?

You have a few options. You can continue to participate in our virtual program or you can have the funds that you raised to date transferred to a team member. Refunds will not be made.

Is there a deadline to change my distance for event day?

The deadline to change your distance is Friday, September 9, 2022. We must enforce this deadline for all participants to finalize our staggered start times for event day. We are committed to executing a safe event day experience for all our participants. We cannot guarantee distance changes beyond this date.

Fundraising

What if adult riders don’t raise the minimum amount of $1,000 and youth riders don’t raise the minimum amount of $500?

The fundraising minimum is set at a level that we believe every adult and youth rider can achieve. With the fundraising tips, success stories and other tools we’ll provide, participants will be well on their way to achieving, and hopefully even exceeding the $1,000 adult rider target and the $500 youth rider target. In recognition of the hard work that all participants will put into their fundraising efforts, only those adult riders who reach the minimum $1,000 fundraising target or an average of $1,000 per rider on a team and, only those youth riders who reach the minimum $500 fundraising target or an average of $500 per youth rider will be able to attend BMO Ride for Cancer as a participant.

How do we turn in funds raised through team or group fundraising?

As per Canada Revenue Agency guidelines, funds raised through group or team fundraising activities such as bake sales, auctions or like events are not tax receipted and therefore should not be entered online. Please call 902-334-1546 or email BMO Ride Team directly at info@yourrideforcancer.ca for more information and support.

How do I ensure my donors receive income tax receipts?

Donors who pledge $10 or more will receive an official receipt for income tax purposes from the QEII Foundation (Charitable Business No. 88646 3496 RR0001).

For simplicity, we strongly encourage your donors to pledge you through the BMO Ride for Cancer website. It is safe and secure. Donors will automatically receive an email reply which contains a link to their income tax receipt, which they can print off immediately.

If you receive cash or cheque donation, you can print and complete a pledge sheet in full, so your donors can receive their income tax receipt. You may either drop it off or mail it to the QEII Foundation office. Our address is 5657 Spring Garden Road, M3, PO Box 231 Halifax NS B3J 3R4.

How do I turn in cash/cheque donations?

We strongly encourage donors to pledge you through the BMO Ride for Cancer website; it is safe and secure. Tell your online donors to watch for an instant email reply, it contains a link to their income tax receipt, which they can save or print immediately.

If you receive cash or cheque donations, you can print and complete a pledge sheet in full so your donors can receive their income tax receipt.  You may either drop it off or mail it to the QEII Foundation office. Our address is 5657 Spring Garden Road, M3, Box 231 Halifax NS B3J 3R4.

Be sure all donations are clearly marked as belonging to your participant account.

Is there a deadline to drop off funds?

For your donations to be added to your online account before the event, please drop off funds before Thursday, September 29, 2022 (to the QEII Foundation office). Any donations received after this date may not be added to your account before event day.

Park Lane Mall: 5657 Spring Garden Road, Suite 3005, M3, Park Lane Terrace.

Regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Where do I turn in cash or cheque donations?

You can drop your cash / cheque donations off at our QEII Foundation office:

Park Lane Mall: 5657 Spring Garden Road, Suite 3005, M3, Park Lane Terrace.

Regular office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday.

How can I update my online fundraising total to reflect the cash and /or cheque donation I have received?

For your online fundraising account to reflect the cash and/or cheque donations you received; you must submit these funds to the QEII Foundation. Your online fundraising total will be updated within 10 business days after your cash/cheque donations are received. See above for how to turn in cash/cheque donations.

How do I see a list of donors who have supported me?

The best way to see the list of your donors would be as follows:

  • Log in to your participant centre at yourrideforcancer.ca
  • Click “My Donations”

Please check your newly designed participant centre to view your previous donor list.

How do I send an email to my supporters using the BMO Ride for Cancer email function?

Once you register for BMO Ride for Cancer, you can easily email all your supporters from your BMO Ride for Cancer dashboard. Here’s how it’s done:

  • Log in to your participant centre at yourrideforcancer.ca
  • Click “My Donations”
  • Click “Send Thanks” on each donor to send a thank you note via email

Can I add the link to my personal donation page to my Facebook/ Twitter/ LinkedIn status?

Yes! Simply follow these instructions:

  • Log in to your Dashboard
  • Click “Get Support” on your Dashboard menu
  • Click your preferred social network and type a custom message for your post

Why aren’t my donations showing up on my personal fundraising page?

Please contact BMO Ride team at info@yourrideforcancer.ca if your donations are not showing up on your personal fundraising page.

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact the BMO Ride for Cancer team by email at info@yourrideforcancer.ca or by telephone at 1-888-428-0220.

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