Monday, September 20, 2010

A Thank-You Letter

Paulette and Laurent Thibault have been riding in the RONA MS Bike Tour for 16 years! This year, they participated in the Acton to Waterloo Tour. They sent us a thank you message dedicated to their supporters, describing their experience at the Tour.

A great big thank you ! With your support, our 16th MS Bike Ride raised $3,800 for the MS Society. The total raised by the RONA MS Bike Tour- Acton to Waterloo this year is over $300,000.
Saturday was hot & humid and the trick was to stay hydrated. Sunday morning was cloudy & cool. It was perfect for riding. The photo above was taken at the finish line with Mike Augustine. He is a terrific young man afflicted with MS and he comes out every year to thank everyone for raising money to fight MS. He is a great inspiration to all of us who are healthy enough to ride.
This year, Laurent rode by himself because Paulette seriously injured her right leg on a cycle trip in Europe this past July, which required surgery. As a result, she was not able to ride, but as you can see from the photo, she came out to the finish line to cheer on the arriving cyclists.
We really appreciate your generous donations to this important cause. Over the years, all of us have contributed close to $45,000 for MS Research and to help those affected by with this debilitating disease . We are making a difference !
Paulette & Laurent Thibault

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Congratulations, Toronto!

The RONA MS Bike Tour 2010 season has officially come to an end in Ontario! Sunday, over 430 cyclists gathered at Centennial Park and pedaled through the streets of Toronto as part of the last RONA MS Bike Tour of the year in Ontario.

Thanks to the energy, creativity and team spirit of the Toronto Tour participants, the fundraising total for the RONA MS Bike Tours in Ontario is now an amazing $220,000

Check back soon for links to photos from the Acton to Waterloo, Niagara and Toronto Tours, and feel free to leave a message below or on our Facebook page about your experience at the RONA MS Bike Tours 2010.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gearing up for Toronto

There are only 4 days left until we wrap up the RONA MS Bike Tour season in Ontario! This Sunday, September 12th, an expected 500 riders will cycle through the neighborhood streets of Toronto, down the Humber Trail, and then ride back to Centennial Park for a barbeque lunch. Whether you’re riding, volunteering, or cheering on fellow supporters, ensure you familiarize yourself with the weekend’s pre-event newsletter so you can arrive prepared and rested on Tour day. The newsletter includes an itinerary, tips on what to bring, and frequently asked questions

Toronto Tour Itinerary

Toronto Tour Route Map Note: This route map is tentative. Official route maps will be distributed on event day.

Have a safe, fun weekend and thank you for joining the movement to end MS!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Thank you to our Bike Shop Sponsors

With only one RONA MS Bike Tour 2010 to go in Ontario, we’d like to thank our generous MS-Friendly Bike Shop sponsors. They helped us spread the word about the event, and kept our bikes in top shape this Bike Tour season with free bike inspections for all registered participants.

Special thanks to our gracious Platinum and Gold Bike Shop sponsors for their support and enthusiasm along the Bike Tour routes!

Platinum Sponsors

Ancaster Cycle
Cyclepath Oakville
Gears Bike and Ski Shops Ltd.
Spoke ‘O’ Motion
Bike Zone Mississauga
D’Ornella’s Bikes
Cyclepath Mississauga
Bikefit Inc.

Gold Sponsors

Mountainview Cycle
Van de Velo
Steve’s Place
Spokes N’ Slopes

To inquire about becoming an MS Friendly Bike Shop sponsor for next year’s RONA MS Bike Tours, please contact Heather McEachern at

There’s Still Time to Submit Pledges

Congratulations to everyone who has participated in one of the RONA MS Bike Tours 2010! You’ve raised over $2.2 million so far in Ontario, with one more Bike Tour to go.

Whether you cycled from Acton to Waterloo, along the Niagara River, or you are getting ready for the Toronto Tour, remember you can still submit pledges up to four weeks after your Tour date. Friends, family and coworkers can continue to donate through your personal online fundraising page. To submit cash and cheques, follow the directions on your fundraising envelope.

Best of luck to those of you gearing up for the Toronto Tour on September 12th!
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