As you may be aware, we're a small charity with incredibly limited resources. Each dollar has the ability to make an incredible impact and we do our best to MAKE it stretch far as possible to ensure access and availability of our life-sustaining support services to individuals in our community who are at-risk and their most vulnerable. 

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100% of the monies raised by B.A.D. Ride participants will continue to support ongoing services and new initiatives provided by Distress Centres that build both individual and community resiliency.

Here are some of the ways that we put your funding into action!

 
 

It's not too late to send in your B.A.D. Ride pledge forms.Please mail them to:

Distress Centres c/o B.A.D. Ride 21
Box 243, Adelaide P.O., Toronto, ON., M5C 2J4  

It's also not too late to donate to Distress Centres. You can still donate on an individual's page or to the overall total.

 
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to all of you who have reached out to our team with kindness & encouragemenT about  B.A.D. Ride 21. We truly appreciate each word you've sent our way, and will continue to work our hearts out with them in mind as we start planning for next year. 

If you have feedback please sent it to us at: badride@torontodistresscentre.com

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Each year, 500+ riders on sport bikes, cruisers, tourers, choppers, customs, scooters, trikes and rat bikes come out on the last Sunday in May for B.A.D. Ride in support of Distress Centres. We hope you’ll consider joining us! Our Vision is to ensure that every individual in need receives life-sustaining emotional support.

B.A.D. Ride 21 is on Sunday, May 27th, 2018. It kicks off at Markham Fairgrounds, weaves through Ontario backroads with a suggested route designed by motorcycle enthusiasts, has a midway stop, and returns to an after-party where registered riders will enjoy a BBQ lunch, live entertainment, swag, contests, exhibitions, a silent auction, give-aways, VIP upgrades and the opportunity to win this year’s grand prize - a 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail® Street Bob®!

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As always, we will be having a kickoff party! Registered riders, passengers or participants are welcome to attend!

If you have not yet registered by the time of the party you can do so at MAINs MANSION in-person - Please make sure to bring your $75 registration fee!

Date & TIME:

THURSDAY, MAY 24th, 2018 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm

LOCATION:

Mains Mansion, 144 Main Street, Markham, ON
2nd floor/upstairs

REFRESHMENTS: 

Free appetizers, tea & coffee.

Additional food or drinks can be be purchased by those attending if you're in the mood for something in particular! 

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B.A.D. RIDE 21 DETAILS

Date & TIME:

MAY 27th, 2018 @ 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

LOCATION:

MARKHAM FAIRGROUNDS
10801 McCowan Rd, Markham, ON L3P 3J3

Registration DETAILS:

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR HOW TO REGISTER ONLINE OR VIA MAIL! DETAILS ARE INCLUDED BELOW.

NOTE: RIDERS AND PASSENGERS NEED TO BE REGISTERED SEPARATELY.

 
 
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START LOCATION:

Markham Fairgrounds
10801 McCowan Rd, Markham, ON L3P 3J3

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MIDWAY LOCATION:

Lake Simcoe Arms Restaurant
21089 Dalton Rd, Sutton, ON L0E 1R0

  • Head west toward McCowan Rd/York Regional Rd 67
    • 7 s (30 m)
  • Take Durham Regional Hwy 47 to Concession Rd 6in Uxbridge
    • 24 min (27.4 km)
  • Turn right onto McCowan Rd/York Regional Rd 67
    • 8.1 km
  • Turn right onto Bloomington Rd/York Regional Rd 40
    • 6.3 km
  • Continue onto Durham Regional Hwy 47
    • 13.0 km
  • Follow Concession Rd 6 and Davis Dr to Lake Ridge Rd/Durham Regional Rd 23
    • 9 min (9.2 km)
  • Turn left onto Concession Rd 6
    • 2.0 km
  • At the roundabout, continue straight to stay on Concession Rd 6
    • 2.8 km
  • Turn right onto Davis Dr
    • 4.3 km
  • Continue on Lake Ridge Rd/Durham Regional Rd 23. Take Zephyr Rd/Durham Regional Rd 13 to Prout Rd
    • 29 min (37.1 km)
  • Turn left onto Lake Ridge Rd/Durham Regional Rd 23
    • 17.4 km
  • Turn left onto Victoria Rd/York Regional Rd 82 (signs for Regional Road 82/Victoria Road)
    • 3.5 km
  • Continue onto Durham Regional Rd 1
    • 4.0 km
  • Turn right onto Zephyr Rd/Durham Regional Rd 13
    • 8.0 km
  • Turn right onto Durham Regional Rd 39 (signs for Regional Road 39)
    • 3.9 km
  • Turn right onto Ravenshoe Rd/York Regional Rd 32
    • 200 m
  • Take Old Shiloh Rd/Concession Rd 2 to Weir's Sideroad/York Regional Rd 81 in Georgina
    • 7 min (7.6 km)
  • Turn left onto Prout Rd
    • 1.4 km
  • Turn right onto Old Shiloh Rd/Concession Rd 2
    • 6.2 km
  • Continue on Weir's Sideroad/York Regional Rd 81. Take Old Homestead Rd/York Regional Rd 79 and York Regional Rd 18 to Grew Blvd in Jacksons Point
    • 21 min (20.7 km)
  • Turn left onto Weir's Sideroad/York Regional Rd 81
    • 4.4 km
  • Turn left onto Old Homestead Rd/York Regional Rd 79 (signs for Regional Road 79/Old Homestead Road)
    • 7.1 km
  • Turn right onto Park Rd/York Regional Rd 18(signs for Regional Road 18/Park Road) 
  • Continue to follow York Regional Rd 18
    • 5.8 km
  • Slight left onto Hedge Rd
    • 3.1 km
  • Hedge Rd turns left and becomes Lake Dr E
    • 270 m
  • Follow Grew Blvd and O'Connor Dr to Dalton Rd
    • 1 min (300 m)
  • Turn left onto Grew Blvd
    • 120 m
  • Turn right onto O'Connor Dr
    • 160 m
  • Turn right onto Dalton Rd 
  • Destination will be on the right
    • 24 m

MIDWAY LOCATION:

Lake Simcoe Arms Restaurant
21089 Dalton Rd, Sutton, ON L0E 1R0

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FINISH LOCATION:

Markham Fairgrounds
10801 McCowan Rd, Markham, ON L3P 3J3

  • Head north on Dalton Rd toward Lake Dr E
    • 20 s (98 m)
  • Continue on Lake Dr E. Take Civic Centre Rd and Warden Ave/York Regional Rd 65 to McCowan Rd
    • 21 min (16.5 km)
  • Turn left onto Lake Dr E
    • 6.3 km
  • Turn left onto Civic Centre Rd
    • 2.7 km
  • Turn left onto Baseline Rd/York Regional Rd 8A
    • 84 m
  • Turn right onto Warden Ave/York Regional Rd 65
    • 3.3 km
  • Turn left onto Old Homestead Rd/York Regional Rd 79 (signs for Regional Road 79/Old Homestead Road)
    • 2.0 km
  • Turn right onto Kennedy Rd/York Regional Rd 3
    • 36 m
  • Turn left onto Old Homestead Rd/York Regional Rd 79
    • 2.1 km
  • Follow McCowan Rd and Mt Pleasant Trail to Kennedy Rd/York Regional Rd 3
    • 5 min (5.3 km)
  • Turn right onto McCowan Rd
    • 1.9 km
  • Turn right onto Mt Pleasant Trail
    • 3.4 km
  • Turn right onto Glenwoods Ave
    • 54 m
  • Take Ravencrest Rd, Warden Ave/York Regional Rd 65, Holborn Rd and Kennedy Rd/York Regional Rd 3 to Queensville Side Rd E in East Gwillimbury
    • 11 min (11.5 km)
  • Turn left onto Kennedy Rd/York Regional Rd 3
    • 400 m
  • Turn right onto Ravencrest Rd
    • 2.3 km
  • Turn right onto Ravenshoe Rd/York Regional Rd 32
    • 550 m
  • Turn left onto Warden Ave/York Regional Rd 65
    • 4.2 km
  • Turn left onto Holborn Rd
    • 2.0 km
  • Turn right onto Kennedy Rd/York Regional Rd 3
    • 2.0 km
  • Take McCowan Rd/York Regional Rd 67 and Herald Rd to Warden Ave/York Regional Rd 65
    • 13 min (12.3 km)
  • Turn left onto Queensville Side Rd E
    • 2.0 km
  • Turn right onto McCowan Rd/York Regional Rd 67
    • 6.1 km
  • Turn right onto Herald Rd
    • 4.1 km
  • Continue on Warden Ave/York Regional Rd 65. Drive from McCowan Rd to Markham
    • 25 min (24.7 km)
  • Turn left onto Warden Ave/York Regional Rd 65
    • 10.4 km
  • Turn left onto Vandorf Sideroad
    • 4.1 km
  • Turn right onto McCowan Rd
    • 10.2 km
  • Turn left 
    • Destination will be on the right
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For 50 years, Distress Centres has provided 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals in our community at risk and their most vulnerable. We are Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency.

Our crisis and emotional distress services are available via hotline, online chat, and text. We also offer face-to-face individual as well as group support and counselling to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or homicide and are navigating the aftermath.

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2018 Harley-Davidson Softail® Street Bob®

Every registered rider, passenger or participant gets a chance to win the Grand Prize! Registration details are below - Please scroll down!

Once you have registered online, via mail or in-person you will automatically receive two (2) raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets will only be available for purchase on event day (May 27th, 2018) at the B.A.D. Ride 21 event for $10 each. 

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BOBSTER SHIELD II SUNGLASSES

The Shield II sunglasses offer a “frameless” construction with the impact resistant polycarbonate lenses. Lined with closed cell foam to minimize wind disruption.

 
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A $25 KEG STEAKHOUSE +BAR GIFT CARD

A Keg Steakhouse + Bar Gift Card is the perfect way to share The Keg experience and satisfy any appetite. Treat someone special to our mouth-watering Keg steaks, warm atmosphere and outstanding service.

 

+ A pair of Bobster Sheild II Sunglasses (if you pre-registered)

 
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NONOISE WORK NOISE FILTER EAR PROTECTION

Wind noise while motorcycle riding regularly exceeds the levels at which hearing damage will occur. Protect your hearing without blocking the sounds you want to hear with NoNoise Motorsport noise filter hearing protection.

Designed specifically for motorcyclists, the Motorsport noise filter hearing protection by NoNoise will help protect your hearing from harmful noise levels while allowing lower level noises such as conversation, sirens and horns to be heard. So much more than ear plugs, NoNoise utilizes ceramic filtration technology to filter higher sound levels that cause hearing damage but allow lower sound levels to be heard.

 

+ A pair of Bobster Sheild II Sunglasses (if you pre-registered)

+ A $25 Keg Steakhouse + Bar Gift Card 

 
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a Premium Grill & Chill package

A premium Weber portable charcoal grill, perfect for apartment courtyards, beachside barbecues, or picnics. 

  • Voted best portable grill by reviewed.com & a consistent 4.5 stars of 5 or higher with numerous retailers!
  • Glass-reinforced nylon handle withstands the elements for the life of the grill
  • Porcelain-enameled bowl and lid
  • Compact 14-inch diameter cooking grate
  • Heavy-duty plated steel cooking grate

A cookbook full of original recipes!

  • 120+ recipes with photos
  • Extensive step-by-step instruction
  • Experiment with the spices and global nuances that are shaping what we make on the grill
  • Learn the tried-and-true methods of traditional barbecue from accomplished pit masters
  • Explore how notable chefs are putting a new spin on the classics

A 7 piece Deluxe Soft Grip Handle Barbecue Tool Set

A complete grilling tool set for your next cookout, grill delicious kebabs, burgers or sausages, baste anything including your cooking grids with the easy to clean silicone basting brush. Soft grip handle tools with stainless steel blades. The set contains a turner, locking tong, silicone basting brush and 4 stainless steel V shaped skewers.

  • 7 piece grilling tool set
  • Soft grip handles
  • Includes tuner, locking tong, silicone basting brush, 4 stainless steel v shaped skewers.
 
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A FIRST GEAR TORRENT WATERPROOF BACKPACK

backpack has air-mesh padded, adjustable ergonomic backpack straps that provide a secure anchor and are designed to work with your riding jacket. Channelled, air-mesh back pads ensure comfort and breathability. The sternum strap ensures rock-solid stability in the riding position.

 

+ A pair of Bobster Sheild II Sunglasses (if you pre-registered)

+ A $25 Keg Steakhouse + Bar Gift Card 

+ NoNoise Work Noise Filter Ear Protection

 
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SENA BLUETOOTH HEADSET
& INTERCOME WITH UNIVERSAL MICROPHONE KIT

The SMH5 is a Bluetooth 3.0 Stereo Headset with Bluetooth Intercom designed specifically for motorcycles. With the SMH5, you can call hands-free on your Bluetooth mobile phone, listen to stereo music or voice instructions of GPS navigation by Bluetooth wirelessly, and have two-way intercom conversations in full duplex with a passenger or other motorcycle riders.
 

+ A pair of Bobster Sheild II Sunglasses (if you pre-registered)

+ A $25 Keg Steakhouse + Bar Gift Card 

+ NoNoise Work Noise Filter Ear Protection

+ A Firstgear Torrent Waterproof Backpack

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PAT GONSALVES!
MOTORCYCLE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE - CLASS OF 2017

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Pat has donated countless hours as a volunteer working with numerous motorcycle charity rides including M.C. work for the B.A.D Ride, Motorcycles for Myelin and the Ride for Sight. has also been Master of Ceremonies for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction events in Ontario as well as Vancouver and Edmonton. For over 25 years, he was the MC for the MAX Awards, and countless Show Bike Awards shows at the Motorcycle Super Show and Spring Show. For five years spearheaded the Masters of Mosport and Motorcycle Road Racers Reunion event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in conjunction with the Superbike Doubleheader weekend. The event celebrated some of the great racers and champions who had raced at the track going back to the 1960’s.

Pat worked alongside Craig Hill as host and play by play announcer for the Castrol National Superbike Series travelling across Canada to almost every road race track. For many years Pat worked alongside Colin Fraser as the host and play by play announcer for the CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship broadcast on TSN.

Currently Pat heads up the announcing team for the annual CSBK Superbike Doubleheader weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, is the lead announcer at Daytona for the Daytona 200 and Fall Cycle Scene races and continues his support of many motorcycle charity rides and events.

 
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Our Headliner

Stone Blue

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“Rockin’blues with energy and showmanship” We are a 4 piece group that plays Rockin’blues covers and originals. We take pride in our performances, shows, and our goal is always to make sure the audience has a memorable time whenever they see us perform. We have an abundance of contacts through email, Facebook and media, and we do whatever we can to promote the band at clubs, pubs where we play. Stone Blue’s repertoire includes proven songs by artists such as CCR, Eric Clapton, Tragically Hip, Tom Petty, Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Big Sugar, Johnny Cash, The Band, Muddy Waters, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Doors, Springsteen, Steve Earle, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Badfinger. In addition, the band plays several original songs, written and recorded by Mark Ripp.

 www.facebook.com/stonebluerockinband 

 

Additional bands!

Steel Blue

STEEL BLUE is a versatile, experienced band that plays popular party/dance songs that all audiences can enjoy. We can provide an evening of Country Music, an evening of Classic Rock, or a mix of those and other genres. We can also learn songs specific to your needs. Our 4 piece band consist of ex-professional musicians that have toured in Canada and Britain and can expand in number to accommodate any type of event. Our flexible numbers allow us to provide entertainment that fits into your budget. Whether it is a backyard party, a bar, corporate event or a wedding we can add top level experienced players to fill any musical need. Having our own sound technician as part of the band ensures we have a great sound at the volume you like.

www.steelblueband.com 

 

Live Wire

Live Wire is a Toronto based rock band performing covers throughout the GTA. We are a five piece band known for the quality of our sound, our professionalism and for the wide selection of classic rock, rock and roll and country party songs we play. Whether it is a backyard party, a bar, festival or corporate event, we have something for everyone.

Having our own sound technician as part of the band ensures we have a great sound for any size or type of venue. With four band members that can share lead and back-up vocals we provide great harmonies and a fresh and exciting listening experience the whole night.

We pride ourselves in being able to work with you to make sure your event is a success at a price you can afford. With musicians that have over 30 years experience we bring a maturity and reputation that past employers appreciate and has resulted in regular re-bookings.

www.livewirerock.com

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All riders, passengers and participants must register separately. You can register for B.A.D. Ride 21 online by: 

  • Creating your online fundraising page.
  • Submitting your $75 registration fee through your fundraising page

Once we have received $75 online you will automatically be registered for B.A.D. Ride 21! 

Important note: All online donations will appear immediately on your fundraising page. If you are also collecting donations via pledge forms - We will add the donations from your pledge forms to your online fundraising page once we have received them via mail.

 
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All riders, passengers and participants must register separately. You can register for B.A.D. Ride 21 via mail by:

  • Sending in the below registration form to Distress Centres c/o B.A.D. Ride 21, Box 243, Adelaide P.O., Toronto, ON., M5C 2J4. 
  • Submitting your $75 registration fee with your registration form (as detailed above)

Registration forms & fees must have a postmarked date of May 19, 2018 or earlier in order for you to be registered via mail.

Additional pledge forms can be sent at a later date if you're pre-registering or sending in your registration form & fee to meet the required postmarked date! Please remember: All mailed pledge forms must have a registration form accompanying them that is inclusive of your (the fundraiser’s) details regardless of being registered online – This ensures all of your pledges are allocated to you.

If you would like to register after May 19th, 2018 - Please do so online or at the event itself on May 27th, 2018 at the registration table.

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Registration
& PLEDGE Form

PDF Version

 
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Every B.A.D. Ride collection tee purchased helps to support Distress Centres and the meaningful work that we do to help individuals at risk and their most vulnerable in the community. Your generosity allows us to continue life-sustaining work.

  • $35 provides 1/2 hour of crisis line service
  • $70 provides 1 hour of crisis line service
  • $100 trains 1 crisis line responder or suicide loss/homicide loss grief facilitator
  • $1320 provides 1 day of crisis line service
 
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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN GET INVOLVED IN OR SPONSOR THE 2018 EVENT, PLEASE CONNECT WITH TALIA BY FILLING OUT THE BELOW FORM.

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FAQs

Registration

How do I register?

See above in the "registration" section!

Do all passengers/guests have to register?

All passengers/guests are welcome & do not need to register. However; without registering they will not be able to eat and participate in activities or receive a meal ticket. When a passenger or guest registers they will receive all the same great stuff the rider does, including T-shirt, bandana and a ticket for the grand prize draw!

What if I miss registration & want to register the day of the ride?

No problem! You can register on May 27th, 2018 between 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at the Registration Desk at Markham Fairgrounds.

 

The Event

Can I join the fun if I don't have a motorcylce? 

Yes. Anyone raising $75.00 or more can participate in all of the activities of The B.A.D. Ride, including the draw for the Grand Prize! There is parking for other motor vehicles at both the start and end venues and we'd love to have you join us!

Can I bring my children with me? 

Registered children are most welcome at the event! Please note that no special arrangements have been made for children who attend and their safety is the responsibility of their parents or guardians. There is no reduced children’s admission fee. The cost of registering a child is $75, and he/she is entitled to all of the food, gifts and draw tickets provided to adult participants.

When does the event end?

The event ends at the destination point, the Markham Fairgrounds, and will wind down just after 4:00 p.m.

Will alcohol be served at the event? 

No, alcohol will not be served or permitted at the activities associated with the Ride grounds at the end venue. It's important to us that all riders do not drink & ride out of concern for each of your safety.

 

Fundraising

How can I send in early funds? 

We suggest directing your donors to your personal fundraising page. It allows them to make a donation online & will make your experience as seamless as possible. If you'd like to send in cheques or cash or mastercard/visa details to Distress Centres, you may send in your funds raised & pledge forms to the following address:

Distress Centres
Box 243, Adelaide P.O. 
Toronto, ON M5C 2J4

Will each donor receive a tax receipt? 

Online donations will receive an immediate electronic tax receipt. Distress Centres will mail an official charitable donation tax receipt for all other donations of $20.00 or more. It is important that each pledge form be fully completed. Please also ensure that all names and addresses are NEATLY PRINTED so that the receipts can be properly processed and mailed to the correct recipients.

Will I, as the rider, receive a tax receipt? 

Only if you personally have donated $20.00 or more. The individual who actually makes the financial donation is the one who get the official tax receipt.

 

The Ride

What happens to the ride if it rains?

The will take place rain or shine. We have plenty of covered vroom! There are indoor facilities at the Markham Fairgrounds that can contain all of the activities. Feel free to come to the party even if you are not going to ride.

How long will the ride take?

The suggested route will take a leisurely 3 hours or so to complete.

Is it possible to register after 9:45am on the day of the ride?

Yes. Registration will be open at Markham Fairgrounds (the official start) until 9:45 a.m. and there will also be a registration booth at the destination point, the Markham Fairgrounds, from 1:15 p.m. until the event is officially over.

How will I know the route if I miss the 9:45am start?

The suggested route will be supplied at registration. There will be extra copies of the route available until 10:30 a.m. for late arrivals. The route is fully marked with directional signs.

Must I take the entire suggested route, or can I take one of my own?

You can take any route you want, including parts of the signed B.A.D. Ride route, to the Markham Fairgrounds. Please keep in mind, if you do not leave from the start venue, the registration at the end venue destination will not be open until 1:15 p.m.

 

The Prizes

Do I have to be there to win the grand prize? 

You sure do!

When will the grand prize winner be drawn?

The grand prize draw is scheduled to begin just after 4:00 p.m. at the destination venue, the Markham Fairgrounds

How can I increase my chances of winning?

Fundraise! The more donations, the greater the number of draw tickets! 

Who is eligible to win?

All Eligible registered riders and passengers / guests must be present at the time of any draws. The announced Grand Prize ticket must be presented by an eligible person as defined below to the authorized B.A.D. Ride official conducting the draw after the ticket is drawn and the number is announced AND BEFORE another Grand Prize ticket is drawn. The following people are not eligible to win the Grand Prize: Distress Centres' current directors, officers and employees, B.A.D. Ride team members (including persons who were team members within the last three years) and B.A.D. Ride current sponsors (and their representatives), their respective immediate families (parents, children, siblings and spouse) and any person living in the same household with any of those individuals (whether related or not). The Executive Director of Distress Centres shall apply the eligibility criteria above to decide whether the individual presenting the announced Grand Prize ticket is eligible to win the Grand Prize. The Executive Director's decision is conclusive, final and binding for all purposes.

Can I pick up my prize at a later date if I can't take it home the day of the ride?

An alternate pick-up site with convenient access dates/times will be arranged for larger items that cannot be transported by motorcycle on the day of the ride. We'd be happy to help!