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Updated: Apr 28, 2021

Fundraise now for Gastown’s first major charity opportunity. Ride Cypress on your own from May 12th, or join the Club on June 6th.

Gastown Cycling was started in 2012 to raise funds for cancer research through the Ride to Conquer Cancer, and has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Rotary Ride for Rescue for many years. In fact, the Club presents the Brad Dean Memorial Trophy for the winner at the event each year. We’re continuing this proud tradition in 2021 and want to be among the larger fundraising groups, targeting at least $10,000. If 20 of us participate and raise just $500 each, we can reach that goal!

The Cause:

100% of the funds raised through pledges and rider registrations will support North Shore Rescue (NSR), Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue, and other Rotary humanitarian projects. 2020 was the busiest year ever for NSR and 2021 is expected to be just as busy keeping folks safe in the North Shore backcountry.

The Ride:

The ride won’t be a mass-start event this year because of COVID-19. Instead, there are two options:

  1. You can climb Cypress anytime between May 12th and June 12th (including with the Club on Sunday June 6th), and then download and submit their ride data as proof of completion; or

  2. You can participate in a virtual ride up Cypress led by Method Cycling’s Jamie Armstrong, on June 12th at 9:00am.

Learn More, Register and Fundraise:

Go to to find more details about the ride, including some great incentives the Rotary Club is offering. To register with the Gastown Team, click the Register button at the top right, choose “Register Now” and then “Join a Team”. Look us up and then fill out the form.

Fundraising is pretty easy - they have template emails you can adapt and send to friends and family. It doesn’t take much for many people to contribute to a good cause!


To encourage participation and fundraising, the Rotary Club is offering a number of prizes:

  • First prize: The Brad Dean Memorial Trophy and a ride in Talon helicopters with a North Shore Rescue search manager to view rescue sites

  • Other prizes:

    • Arc'teryx jackets worth $300-$500

    • Gift certificates for private liquor stores and supermarkets

    • Wildwood designer sunglasses

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