Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ride for Water

The Ride for Water in the Chilliwack River Valley will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018. This event will showcase routes that only the adventurous locals have been exploring. We are offering two challenging distances - 66K Short Course and a 148K Long Course.

Your registration fee will bring clean water to a family for life in Gora Bantu, Ethiopia. The same fee applies to both the Long and Short Courses. Early bird registration is $100 for both distances. After 11:59 pm, February 14th, the registration fee will be $145.

Important: The entire amount will go to the water project, supporting families in Ethiopia. All of our event costs are covered by our generous sponsors.

Diverse Properties

A gravel grind event benefitting Run for Water

Ride for Water

This year we are hosting a Gravel Grind event. Gravel Grinding is a new type of cycling sport that focuses on the beauty and adventure of long distance riding, over mixed surfaces and terrain, without the need for technical mountain biking skills. In the Fraser Valley we are very fortunate to have access to hundreds of km's of gravel roads, forestry service roads and single track trails to create one of the scenic long course routes in North America.

148K Long Course

Nestled in the breath taking Chilliwack River Valley, this course will showcase routes that only the adventurous locals have been exploring. Experience high vista lookouts near Elk Mountain, canyon river banks along the Chilliwack River, old growth cedar giants at the mouth of Chilliwack Lake and remnants of long forgotten logging operations; this route will truly take your breath away. Our 148km route boasts nearly 2400m of climbing over 60% gravel and 30% lush doubletrack/singletrack.

Disclaimer: The long course is intended for intermediate to advanced riders who are familiar with being self-supported on back country roads. 70% of the long course has 0% cell reception.

Time Cuts

Both the Long Course and Short Course will have time cuts located at the Tamahi and Cultus Lake Aid Stations. If you are unable to make the time cut or just had too big of a day, paved roads will take you back into town. A Sag-wagon ride back to town will also be available. Specific cut times TBD and posted prior to the event.

Race Details

  • Start / Finish Location: Old Yale Brewing, 44550 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack, BC
  • Start time 8:00 am
  • 2,357 m metres of elevation gain
  • Registration includes a meal & beverage ticket and a post-ride party & beer garden at Old Yale Brewing

Route Map

Ride for Water Route Map and Elevation - 148km Long Course
Register Route Map

66K Short Course

Experience the beauty of the Chilliwack River Valley, but without a good chunk of the climbing. Our challenging, yet manageable, 66km Short Course route will let you get a taste of what Gravel Grinding is all about. With just over 1000m of climbing, you'll explore the back country gravel roads from Tamahi to Cultus Lake and Vedder Mountain to the Vedder River. There will be a final Aid Station at Cultus Lake where you can decide to tackle the Sunny Side Up trail on Vedder Mountain, or take the paved roads back into Chilliwack. Our Short Course will have 30% paved roads, 60% gravel roads and 10% singlestrack.

Time Cuts

Both the Long Course and Short Course will have time cuts located at the Tamahi and Cultus Lake Aid Stations. If you are unable to make the time cut or just had too big of a day, paved roads will take you back into town. A Sag-wagon ride back to town will also be available. Specific cut times TBD and posted prior to the event.

Race Details

  • Start / Finish Location: Old Yale Brewing, 44550 South Sumas Road, Chilliwack, BC
  • Start time 8:00 am
  • 1,052 m metres of elevation gain
  • Registration includes a meal & beverage ticket and a post-ride party & beer garden at Old Yale Brewing

Route Map

Ride for Water Route Map and Elevation - 66km Short Course
Register Route Map

Raise your registration fee

100% of all money raised goes to clean water projects in Gora Bantu, Ethiopia. As little as $125 can bring a year of clean water to one family.

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It all starts by learning about the water crisis on our planet.

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This year we are raising money for the people in

Gora Bantu

Residents in Gora Bantu, Ethiopia are already working hard to raise 10% of the project costs so children like Selamnesh do not have to walk hours to get water that is full of bacteria and disease. By raising funds you are helping provide the remaining 90% of the project costs to bring clean water to an entire family for life.

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Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors.
We couldn’t do this without your generous support!

Diverse Properties

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  • Life Cycles Bike Shop
  • Old Yale Brewing

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