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A few words about the Navy Bike Ride

What is the purpose of the Navy Bike Ride?

Founded in 2016, the Navy Bike Ride (NBR) encourages the well-being of our communities and families by motivating each other to be healthy through cycling and raising money for a good cause, making a difference to others who need our help.

The push to virtual engagement saw great success over the past three years. Participation came from all across the country, all working towards the common goal of supporting our Navy Community. As a collective, we raised over $47,600 for the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, Support Our Troops and Soldier On.

Not only was the 2022 event another success, but it continued our efforts to solidify an extensive reach and encourage riders from coast-to-coast-to-coast to come together and collectively support such important causes. Once again, we as a community have shown that we are One Navy Strong.

The Royal Canadian Navy and cycling

To many, the connection between the Royal Canadian Navy and cycling may not be an obvious one. Cycling has long been a tradition as it can be difficult for a sailor to stay in shape when they are deployed onboard a ship for months at a time. Very few warships have a large enough space to dedicate to a gym, however a stationary bicycle is compact enough to squeeze into tight spots all over the ship.

Many sailors in the Royal Canadian Navy are avid cyclists and dedicated athletes. As we keep our naval ships in fighting shape, our sailors must also focus on their own physical fitness. The Navy Bike Ride is an opportunity to highlight that commitment to health and wellness.

The benefits of fundraising

Designed as a fun, family friendly event, the Navy Bike ride supports the Royal Canadian Navy community with proceeds going to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, Support Our Troops, and Soldier On.

Funds raised as part of the Navy Bike Ride go to providing assistance to former and serving military members and their families. It also is an excellent way to learn more about your Navy and be able to interact directly with sailors.


Make a difference

2023 Navy Bike Ride Peer-to-Peer Toolkit

Funds raised by the participants of the Navy Bike Ride support three organisations dedicated to the well-being of the RCN’s current and former sailors and their families: the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, Support Our Troops and Soldier On.

The Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (the RCNBF) has upheld its long tradition of “Sailors Helping Sailors” for over 80 years by providing financial assistance to former and current Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors and their families. Through their renewed mission of promoting the wellbeing of the naval community, the RCNBF has expanded its efforts to include organizations that support homeless veterans, emergency funds to naval families, equipment for veterans with physical disabilities or who are suffering from the impacts of mental illness, and much more. Propelled by an enthusiastic cadre of volunteers and a small operational team, the RCNBF is establishing a new and comprehensive programming approach based upon identified needs. It continually seeks opportunities to further leverage funds by working with partners and sponsors to achieve maximum impact for the naval family.

The Soldier On program is a highly visible and integral program of the Canadian Armed Forces Transition Group. Since its creation in 2007, Soldier On has supported over 10,000 ill and injured serving and veteran military personnel with a permanent or chronic disability (visible or nonvisible). This support enables participating members to attain an active and healthy lifestyle. Soldier On supports these personnel by helping them increase their independence, by challenging them to develop new skills and achieve new goals, and by opening the door to other life opportunities. Soldier On, supported by generous Canadians, furnishes an opportunity for its ill/injured members to socialise and explore common interests, and share learning experiences through peer-based program delivery.

Support Our Troops is the official charitable cause of the Canadian Armed Forces. It was established to meet the unique needs and special challenges faced by members of the Canadian Armed Forces community as a result of military service. Through its grants and programs, it is the most direct way for Canadians to support the recover, rehabilitation, and reintegration of members with a physical and/or mental illness or injury and to contribute to empowering family resiliency.


Never a dull moment...

Eight years later, and the Navy Bike Ride is still at it – we do it for the smiles. We ride together with our community as #OneNavyStrong


Got questions?

Navy Bike Ride FAQs cover everything from how to register, finding the fundraising toolkit, to how to buy a jersey. Learn everything you need to know right here.

Dates and times for our cross-country Navy Bike Ride events vary. Please see the Register section for all events details.

Registration for all in-person and virtual events take place on Race Roster. Please direct any technical difficulties or questions to our Contact page.

Participants will have only one day to complete and log their 28km ride.

These distances are symbolic of the NAVRES Centennial. The 28 figure comes from:

  • 24 Naval Reserve Divisions
  • 4 Formations
  • Halifax
  • Esquimalt (Victoria)
  • Naval Reserve Headquarters (Quebec City)
  • Naval Headquarters (Ottawa)

We encourage all participants to stay connected and share photos from their ride. Post your photos to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #NavyBikeRide2023.

For full prizing and contest eligibility, please consult our Contest Terms and Conditions.

Share your cycling experiences, photos, and/or stories throughout the event on Instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag #NavyBikeRide2023 to be automatically entered into a weekly draw for prizes

Navy Bike Ride 2023 is proud to once again be partnering with the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, Support Our Troops, and Soldier On. More information on these charities and donation options can be found on our Fundraising section.

Thank you for showing an interest in supporting our causes! For more fundraising information, please consult our Fundraising page.

The Masthead Challenge is an opportunity for our Sailors to participate in the NBR from anywhere in the world. Only military members are eligible to participate in this virtual event and awards will be given to the ship that logs the most rides throughout the month of June.

Step 1: Go to Race Roster

Step 2: Click on the “Track my ride” button on the right-hand side

Step 3: Log in to your Race Roster account

Step 4: Select “Submit a result”

Step 5: Enter in ride information

Step 6: Submit your ride and share!

Jerseys are available for purchase to registered participants only. Register now to purchase your very own Navy Bike Ride 2023 jersey!

All jersey orders will be shipped within one week of their purchase. Delivery can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, barring any unforeseen shipping delays.

Yes! If you cannot find or did not receive your tracking number, please don’t hesitate to contact your NBR team via our Contact form. ALT: Tracking numbers are available upon request. Please contact your NBR team via our Contact form. Be sure to include your name and bib number in the notes.

Official NBR2023 cycling jerseys are $60.00 CAD and NBR shirts are $25.00 CAD. These prices include shipping and taxes – but NOT processing fees – so there are no surprises at checkout.

Jerseys will be available in both male and female sizes.

Please see our size chart here to ensure you are placing the correct order.


Get in touch

Please direct any direct any Navy Bike Ride questions, comments or technical difficulties to our Contact form:



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