FAQs – The Tour de Cure | BC Cancer Foundation


BC Cancer Foundation’s flagship cycling event, now called Tour de Cure presented by Wheaton Precious Metals, will raise money to power research at BC Cancer so they can continue to uncover new and better cancer treatments.

Due to the pandemic and our collective interest in controlling the spread of COVID-19, there will not be an in-person, mass participation event format in 2021.

Instead of a mass participation in-person event, participants will commit to cycling 100 km, 50 km, 160 km or a distance of their choice and doing it on their own or in small groups. This format is specifically designed to follow current public health orders.

There are no boundaries! It doesn't matter whether you are riding on the road, on the trail, in your rec room, in B.C. or overseas.

The only limitation is that all riding must be done in compliance with all laws of the jurisdiction(s) in which you are riding.

Community is at the heart of the Tour de Cure and it would be great to see where you are riding! We encourage you to get on Strava and join the The Tour de Cure Strava Club. You will be able to share your rides and see where others have ridden.

The Tour de Cure is an all-inclusive event and allows the opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to participate. The minimum age requirement is 13 years old and every participant will be required to sign an online waiver which will be published prior to August 28, 2021.

All you need is a bike, helmet and the resolve to power research and help find more cures.

Not at all! We encourage you to challenge yourself and to create a cycling experience that works for you. 50 km, 100 km, 160 km? Another distance? It’s up to you.

Remember to make it as challenging as you can for yourself and your abilities. Your donors will admire your personal achievement!

We encourage participants to set their goals high to align with our quest to beat cancer. There are fundraising milestones with rewards and recognition to keep you motivated. There are no mandatory fundraising minimums for 2021.

It’s not crucial that you ride the exact distance that you set for yourself. If you want to keep track, there are some great tools and apps available. Strava is a favourite among cyclists and you can join for free! You can also connect with other Tour participants on our Strava club.

On July 28th (one month from event weekend), 50 km, 100 km and 160 km routes will be published in each of the following regions: Vancouver, Surrey, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George and Victoria. They will be available for download from this website. Note that routes will not include signage or any form of support and will be ridden at your own risk.

Make sure your bike gets tuned up and is working properly. We recommend training, getting out on your bike and progressively cycling more and more KMs to build your fitness. On your Event Day, eat a healthy, energy-rich meal to give you long-lasting fuel. Remain hydrated leading up to the Tour, bring full water bottles and be sure to hydrate with electrolyte drinks in conditions of extreme heat.

To help you get in shape, we have built a sample training plan: https://tourdecure.ca/safety-training

Everyone who raises $1,000 or more will receive the Official 2021 The Tour de Cure Jersey.

We will contact you as soon as you qualify and then ship your jersey, beginning June 1, 2021.

Jerseys will continue to be mailed regularly until event weekend.

Yes! If you were registered for the 2020 Ride and began fundraising, you will have your tally carried over to the 2021 The Tour de Cure. It will appear as “2020 Fundraising” in the honour roll on your personal page.

If you notice any issues with the 2020 Fundraising total displayed, please contact us at tourguides@bccancer.bc.ca.

The event jerseys are not available for purchase.

We will do our best to get you fitted right the first time! We will be happy to get you into a better fitting jersey but it will be based on availability. If there are extra (unclaimed) jerseys in your desired size available after the event weekend, then we will make the switch.

The loyalty of longtime participants means a great deal and deserves special recognition. If you were eligible for a gold or platinum helmet in 2020 and you reached $2,500, please contact us at TourGuides@bccancer.bc.ca.

Even though it will be a virtual event in 2021, we will have several opportunities where your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us at tourguides@bccancer.bc.ca.

Yes. Just mail in your cheque donation (we cannot accept cash through the mail). Each donation must have a completed donation form that has the Participant ID Number of the participant or volunteer you are sponsoring. You can download a copy of the donation form here.

Although the process is a bit more involved, we do accept cash donations. Please deliver in person along with donation form to our Vancouver office located at 150 – 686 West Broadway. Alternatively, if you've received cash donations from your friends, you can simply pay these online through your fundraising page using your credit card. Input your sponsors contact information for tax receipt.

U.S. residents can make donations to the Tour de Cure in USD currency and receive an U.S. tax receipt. To do so, please use this form.

For many years, there were four Ride to Conquer Cancer events across the country: Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and BC. Each one benefitted a charity in that region. Now, there is just one Ride to Conquer Cancer event. It is sponsored by Enbridge and benefits the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation in Toronto.

BC Cancer Foundation’s flagship cycling event is now called Tour de Cure presented by Wheaton Precious Metals.

We want to emerge stronger than ever to help British Columbians facing cancer. It would be great to have you support us as we continue to fund ground-breaking cancer research taking place here in BC!​

While we can’t make promises, our goal is to host a 2-day cycling event when it is safe and economical to do so.

Still have a question? Contact us at tourguides@bccancer.bc.ca or at 1-888-906-2873.