Welcome to the Navy Bike Ride: Battle of the Atlantic Challenge
On behalf of the Royal Canadian Navy, I would like to welcome you all and thank you for participating in the Navy Bike Ride. This year’s event will certainly be different than years previous, but I am excited at the opportunity for us to undertake the Battle of the Atlantic challenge as we strive towards a goal of 25,000 rides.
Seventy-five years ago our forefathers, including my own grandfather, partook in one of the largest naval battles in history in the Battle of Atlantic. This year, even amidst these unprecedented times, we are honoring their memory, courage and sacrifice, attempting to cumulatively ride the same number of voyages they did during World War II.
The Navy Bike Ride is not just an event, but a cause that encourages the well-being of our communities and families, whether it be through physical or virtual events, motivating and helping each other to be healthy through cycling, or even making a difference for others who need our help. Your participation is important and thus I encourage all of you to get out and ride as many times as possible over the next thirteen weeks; let’s make the most of this opportunity.
As individuals or families, while respecting the rules of social distancing, together we will ride, together we will make waves.
Commander Gordon Roy
Director, Navy Bike Ride
Gear up & ride
The Navy Bike Ride: Battle of the Atlantic challenge officially starts on Saturday June 13, 2020 at 09:00. All participants will have until 11:59 pm Sunday August 30, 2020 to participate in this virtual challenge.
Crossing the Atlantic – One ride at a time
The goal is for participants across the country to cumulatively conduct 25,000 rides between 13 June and 30 August 2020, in honour of the 25,000 voyages Canadian Naval and Merchant Marine Forces conducted during World War II in the Battle of the Atlantic 75 years ago.
Each time you go out on your bike, log your ride to help us cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Step 1. Go to navybikeride.ca
Step 2. Click on “Track my ride”
Step 3. Create your account. The first time you log in, you will need to create your account with your name and email address. Alternatively, you can log in via your Facebook account.
Step 4. Enter your ride information. If you are part of a team, be sure to select your team from the drop down list.
Step 5. Submit your ride and share! Once you have entered your ride, feel free to share your ride on Facebook.
Our cumulative rides will be visually tracked and presented on navybikeride.ca with updates shared on our Facebook account. Be sure to like and follow us for all updates.
Share your ride
While we cannot ride together, let’s connect over social media. Share your photos as you and/or your family head out on the Battle of the Atlantic Challenge. Post your photos to your Instagram or Facebook accounts and tag #NavyBikeRide2020 to show how you are staying fit and commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Enter for your chance to win!
With over $7,500 in prizing to be won, you don’t want to miss your chance to win. To ensure you are entered, you must follow these two easy steps:
- Register to the Battle of Atlantic Challenge on the RaceRoster platform
- Log your rides via our website.
All participants who follow these steps will be entered to win weekly prizes.
In order to be eligible to win the grand prize, participants must:
- Register to the Battle of Atlantic Challenge on the RaceRoster
- Log your rides via our
- Share participation on Facebook by using the hashtag #navybikeride2020
The top three participants who cumulatively have the most posts on Facebook during the Battle of Atlantic Challenge will be entered into a draw to receive one of three gift certificates from SportChek valued at $1,000, $750 and $500.
Please see our terms and conditions for this contest.
Your safety while out cycling is very important. We hope that you will consider the following each time you head out:
1. Always wear a helmet.
2. Follow the rules of the road.
3. Wear bright colours and reflective gear.
4. Keep a safe distance – and social distance too!
5. Stay hydrated – don’t forget a water bottle for the warmer months.
Last year, support from donors directly assisted four ill and injured members of the Royal Canadian Navy. Money raised supported these sailors in adapting to their new normal and reintroducing an active lifestyle through recreational and sporting activities with the Soldier On program.
Funds from the Navy Bike Ride also empowered two youth of naval families to pursue their academic dreams, and sent six children to experience summer camp: creating lifelong friendships, gaining confidence, and the feeling of just getting to be a kid.
Official Navy Bike Ride Jerseys
Looking to add to your Navy Bike ride jersey collection? Good news! Due to popular demand, a second round of orders for the 2020 edition of the jersey will be available for purchase until 30 June 2020.
Based on the dazzle paint schematic utilized on Canadian naval ships during the Battle of the Atlantic, these jerseys will be available in various sizes and we encourage you to wear your jersey as you participate in the Battle of the Atlantic Challenge.
Individuals wishing to order a jersey will be able to complete their orders by visiting our website.
For more information on the Navy Bike ride and our sponsors, please visit our website at navybikeride.ca.