Welcome to the Navy Bike Ride: Harry DeWolf Challenge

As the Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, I am pleased to welcome you to this year’s virtual edition of the Navy Bike Ride, the Harry DeWolf challenge!

What an exciting summer this will be as we chart the course for our first-in-class Arctic and Offshore Patrol Ship, HMCS Harry DeWolf, as the ship’s crew set sail on their inaugural deployment through Canada’s Arctic and North American waters.

The Harry DeWolf class will provide the Royal Canadian Navy with a modern, effective, and highly capable ship able to patrol Canada’s three coasts. Specifically designed to patrol Canada’s offshore waters and northernmost regions, this new class of ship will be at the core of an enhanced Canadian Armed Forces Arctic presence, effectively expressing Canadian sovereignty in all our maritime domains

A summer of firsts, with the upcoming commissioning of HMCS Harry DeWolf, followed by the inaugural deployment, I look forward to riding along side with all of you to help reach our goal of 30,000 rides, cumulatively. The Harry DeWolf challenge is a fantastic opportunity for us to welcome our newest ship to our fleet, while also riding for a great cause.

Over the next eleven weeks, I encourage all of you, as individuals, families or socially distanced teams, to get out and ride. Enjoy the benefits that cycling and physical activity can have on our overall fitness and mental health and see how much road we can get underneath us this year.

Together we ride. Together we make waves.

Vice-Admiral Craig Baines
Commander, Royal Canadian Navy

 


Gear up and ride


The Navy Bike Ride: Harry DeWolf challenge officially starts on Saturday June 12, 2021 at 09:00. All participants will have until 11:59 pm Sunday August 29, 2021 to participate in this virtual challenge.

What does this year look like? We are excited to let you know!

Warm up
Gear up to ride as our event launches on June 12. Settle back into your bike and start to log your rides. No matter the duration or the distance, every ride counts.

Train
With a few weeks under your belt already, you are ready to start your training through the month of July. With summer in full swing, why not take advantage of the longer days and get out for some longer rides. Keep up your energy high as we roll through our training month and straight into August.

Challenge
You’ve had the time to warm up and train, it’s now time to take on our challenges. New for this year, we will be launching two optional challenges that we encourage you to participate in. The BMO Family Challenge will run from August 1 – 21 and will feature non-competitive events designed for even the youngest rider.

Looking to get a little bit more road under your bike this year? Our Admiral’s Challenge presented by Thales will feature a different challenge each week for the first three weeks of August as we head towards the finish line at the end of the month. With a new challenge each week starting August 1, riders will be engaging in a bit of friendly competition!

Riding in a challenge not for you? Not to worry, your rides still count towards our cumulative goal of 30,000 rides.

Be sure to follow us on our social media pages and watch for our next newsletter for all the details of our challenges!

 

Charting the course for HMCS Harry DeWolf – One ride at a time

The goal is for participants across the country to cumulatively conduct 30,000 rides between 12 June and 29 August 2021, as we chart the course for HMCS Harry DeWolf’s inaugural deployment through Canada’s Arctic and North American waters!.

Each time you go out on your bike, log your ride to help us circumnavigate North America.

Step 1. Go to RaceRoster
Step 2. Click on “Track my ride” button on the right hand side
Step 3. Log in to your RaceRoster account
Step 4. Select “Submit a result
Step 5. Enter in ride information
Step 6. 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 Harry DeWolf Challenge. Post your photos to your Instagram or Facebook accounts and tag #NavyBikeRide2021 to show how you are staying fit and charting the course for HMCS Harry DeWolf.

 

Enter for your chance to win!

With over $17,000 in prizing to be won, you don’t want to miss your chance to win. To ensure you are entered, you must follow these three easy steps:

1. Register for the Harry DeWolf Challenge through www.navybikeride.ca on the RaceRoster platform
2. Log your rides via RaceRoster
3. Share participation on Facebook or Instagram by using the hashtag #navybikeride2021

 

Staying Safe

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.

 

Official Charities

Proceeds from the Navy Bike Ride go to those in need through two organizations dedicated to the well-being of military members and their families– the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund (RCNBF) and Support Our Troops.

Last year, the Navy Bike Ride was humbled by the support of participants and donors, especially within the COVID-19 environment. Support from donors directly assisted naval members, Veterans, and their families continue to manage the unique characteristics of military life which involve absence, relocation and risk.

The funds raised last year supported sailors in adapting to their new normal and reintroducing an active lifestyle through recreational and sporting activities with the Soldier On program; empowered dependents of naval families to pursue their academic dreams; sent children from military families to summer camp, allowing them to create lifelong friendships, gain confidence and experience the feeling of just getting to be a kid; and assisted naval families when they needed it most.

Stay tuned for the Navy Bike Ride Fundraising Toolkit for tips and tricks to help you along your fundraising journey!

Official tax receipts will be issued after the close of Navy Bike Ride in September 2021 by both beneficiaries.

Official Navy Bike Ride Jerseys

Looking to add to your Navy Bike ride jersey collection? The fifth annual collector’s edition jersey is available for purchase!

In honour of HMCS Harry DeWolf’s inaugural deployment, this year’s jersey features the first in class Arctic and Offshore Patrol ship on the back. With subtle hints of dazzle paint on the sides and the Royal Canadian Navy ensign on the front, you won’t want to miss out on your opportunity to ride in style.

Jerseys are available in various styles and sizes. Please note that sizing for these items differs over previous years jerseys. To be certain you are ordering the right size, consult our sizing charts.

Individuals wishing to order a jersey will be able to complete their orders by visiting our website.

 

More information

For more information on the Navy Bike ride and our sponsors, please visit our website at navybikeride.ca.