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On Aug. 12, one year after raising more than $160,000 for charity, the second annual Northern Pass Muskoka bike ride gets underway.
This year, No. 22 Bicycle Company is donating a frameset to the Northern Pass, a stunning cycling ride through Muskoka in support of Toronto-based Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top-five cancer research centres in the world. Distances include 160K, 107K and 40K with full technical and medical support on route, which includes scenic views of Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka in the stunning central Ontario countryside. Elevation change ranges from 300-1,400m, depending on ride length with all three routes sharing a start/finish line in Gravenhurst, Ont.
Riders have already surpassed last year's fundraising total and are aiming for an incredible $250,000.
For the grand prize, one fundraising participant (note that one must be a Northern Pass rider to be eligible) will be the recipient of either a No. 22 Great Divide or Drifter frameset. That's not all. Blacksmith Cycle and Chris King are also involved completing the trio, meaning one rider will be going home from the great-cause event with the titanium frame with a complete build kit with wheels and components from Chris King, for a MSRP value of $8,300. Want to upgrade to the premium-road No. 22 Aurora or Reactor? That too is a possibility.
"The Northern Pass is a bespoke cycling experience raising much needed funds for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre," Northern Pass organizer Jared Drewnowsky says. "When partnering with sponsors for this event we look for companies that express the same values as out event…high end, philanthropic, and have a name that is instantly recognizable to our participants. No. 22 is all of that and more, and coupled with the team at Blacksmith Cycle, No. 22 will help raise additional funds and profile through their incredible generous donation of a full frameset.”
"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to support this drive to raise important funds through No. 22, and I am looking forward to participating in the ride for the first time this year. The rolling hills in Muskoka are always a joy to ride, and I look forward to some suffering in a beautiful setting with great people for an extremely worthwhile cause," Mike Smith of No. 22, who's fundraising and riding in the event himself, says. Smith, co-founder of No. 22 Bicycle Company, will be on his No. 22 Great Divide (rim brake).
Riders can allocate their funds as they chose to any research area or fund at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. As of writing, more than 50 riders have fundraised more than $1,000.
"What makes the Northern Pass so special is that it doesn't just help a very important and personal cause, but it's a ride built for cyclists, by cyclists," writes Jeremy Nathan of lifeisabeautifuldetail.com.
There's still time to reserve your spot today.
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