Ride the RideauTM

September 7, 2013

“I was wondering…”

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need a fancy road bike to participate?

    No. It’s not a race, so almost any kind of bike that you are comfortable with will work.

  2. Why is The Ottawa Hospital Foundation adding a 50 km distance in this year’s Ride the Rideau?

    The inclusion of a 50 km distance is the evolution of the Ride. We (and our past riders) know that Ride the Rideau is a wonderful experience, and we wanted to remove any barriers that a 100 km distance poses so that more people can experience it.

  3. What is the fundraising commitment for the 100 km ride? And the 50 km ride?

    The Ottawa Hospital Foundation is asking all riders, whether they choose to ride 100 km or 50 km, to raise a minimum of $1,500.

  4. Why are you asking all riders to raise $1,500 regardless of the distance they are riding?

    Ride the Rideau is a fundraising event, and our goal is to make the biggest impact possible on cancer research and care at The Ottawa Hospital. So whatever distance you choose to ride, the impact you make on the cause is the same.

  5. What is the difference between the routes for the 50 km option and the 100 km option?

    All riders start their ride at the Ernst & Young Centre in Ottawa. The 50 km and the 100 km follow the same route to Richmond, where the 50 km riders cross their finish line. The 100 km riders will continue their ride to Merrickville. Don’t worry, we will bring the 50 km riders to the celebration in Merrickville via motor coach.

  6. Can a team be composed of riders doing different distances?


  7. How do I prepare for the ride?

    We have provided some guidelines on training and creating a plan.

  8. How do I donate to a participant?

    Just click one of the following links:

    • Find and sponsor a participant
    • Find and sponsor a team
  9. How do my donors receive a tax receipt?

    Donors who donate online with a valid email address will automatically receive a tax receipt via email. Donors who pledge more than $15 off-line will receive their receipt by mail if they provide a valid mailing address.

  10. How do I create a team?

    Register online or call our Rider Relations Representative at 613-798-5555, ext. 19817.

  11. I’m having problems registering myself/team online. Who can I contact?

    You can contact our Rider Relations Representative at 613-798-5555, ext. 19817 or .

  12. Where can I find tips on how to reach my fundraising goals?

    We’ve created a new fundraising tools section for our riders – check it out for some great tips and tricks.

  13. Can I raise funds if I’m not riding in the event?

    Yes, you can register and raise funds online or use a pledge form.

  14. I’ve held a fundraising event. How do I enter these funds so they are reflected on my fundraising page?

    To enter cash and cheque donations, log in to your fundraising profile using your username and password. Click on the Fundraising tab at the top of the screen, then select manage cash or cheques from the left-hand menu. To enter monies from a fundraising event, select the “Donation from an event or cash lump sum” option. This amount will only be reflected on your fundraising page once we have received the funds.

If, at any time, you still have questions about Ride the Rideau, simply call 613-798-5555, ext. 13327, or send us an email at .

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