Registration is now open for the 2019 Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride!
Gear up for a fantastic cycling event and help Ottawa youth move off the streets for good!
All funds raised will support United Way’s vital work of providing Ottawa youth with education, personal, and employment supports that ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home.
In Ottawa, approximately 1200 youth experience some form of homelessness every year. With your help, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.
Waiting for you at the finish line is great food, good fun and some fantastic music from Shad, Neon Dreams, Birds of Bellwoods, and What If Elephants.
Beau’s, Kunstadt Sports, Bike Centric and Cycles Campus will reward your efforts through some incredible prize packages!
Date: Saturday, September 21
Registration Fee: $125
As a participant, you will receive:
- A ticket to Oktoberfest for Saturday, September 21
- A custom Beau’s Oktoberfest cycling jersey (size chart)
- The ability to check a bag pre-ride, and pick it up when you arrive at Beau’s Oktoberfest
- A ride home by bus
- Transportation back home for your bike, to be picked up at your starting location on Sunday, September 22
- Great prizes for fundraising (see below)
Kunstadt Sports, 680 Bank Street (The Glebe) – 115KM
- 8:00AM-9:00AM – Registration
- 9:00AM – Ride Starts
Mike Dean’s, 2212 Laval Road, Bourget ON – 50KM
- 10:00AM-11:00AM – Registration
- 11:00AM – Ride Starts
Stomping Grounds Bistro and Café, 110-705 Cotton Mill St, Cornwall ON – 83KM or 122KM
- 8:00AM-9:00AM – Registration
- 9:00AM – Ride Starts
In addition to your $125 registration, you can raise additional funds that will help vulnerable youth in our community. Packages are tiered according to the level of fundraising per participant and include your registration fee. We will also provide you with a customizable message that you can use to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues to make fundraising fun and easy.
- Registration fee plus $0-$24: Festival entrance, transportation back to Ottawa or Cornwall for bike and rider, and a custom Beau’s Oktoberfest cycling jersey.
- Registration fee plus $25-$74: All of the above plus three beer tokens and a food voucher.
- Registration fee plus $75-$174: All of the above plus a 2019 Oktoberfest stein and Beau’s t-shirt.
- Registration fee plus $175-$274: All of the above plus two additional Saturday Oktoberfest tickets.
- Registration fee plus $275: All of the above plus another two Saturday Oktoberfest tickets (for a total of four).
- Top Fundraiser: All of the above plus a Beau’s Keg Party at your home!
Register today and go the distance for United Way!
How to get involved:
- Click the “register now” button.
- Create and customize your own personal funding page, or create a team page and recruit members.
- Ask for support from your personal, professional and social networks – it’s as easy as a quick e-mail or Facebook post, sharing your fundraising page!
- Bike, have fun, and celebrate that you have made a difference in your community!
Need some help reaching your goal? Check out our fundraising tips.
Copy and paste this message on your fundraising page:
I am proud to call Ottawa my home, and that’s why it is important to me that everyone is safe, healthy and successful in this city.
On September 21, I am participating in the Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride to support United Way’s efforts to end youth homelessness. I want to make sure that all youth in our city can have a safe place to call home.
I would love your support to help me fundraise for this important cause. My goal is to raise %%EDITORCONTENT%%lt;insert amount> — any kind of donation helps! Note that receipts are automatically issued for donations of $10 or more.
Your donation will help provide Ottawa youth with job training, addictions counselling, employment supports and more to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.
To find out how your donation will make a difference, visit unitedwayeo.ca/youth-homelessness.
I hope you can make a donation today and help youth in Ottawa get off the streets for good, as every young person in Ottawa deserves a safe place they call home.
Thank you for your support!
Copy and paste one of these emails and send it to your supporters:
SAMPLE EMAIL #1
Email Subject Line: Help me cycle to Oktoberfest, and end youth homelessness
On September 21, I’m participating in Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride. By doing this, I’m also helping with something I care deeply about: ending youth homelessness in Ottawa. I want to make sure that our city’s vulnerable youth have a safe place to call home.
My goal is to raise $, and I’d love your support to help me reach my target.
Your donation will help support United Way’s vital work of providing Ottawa youth with education, personal, and employment supports to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home.
With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.
To find out more, visit unitedwayeo.ca/local-issues/youth-homelessness.
I hope you can support me today and help make a difference.
Make a donation
Thanks so much for your support,
PS: Read more about the amazing work being done at United Way East Ontario here: unitedwayeo.ca/local-issues/youth-homelessness.
SAMPLE EMAIL #2
Email Subject Line: Help me end youth homelessness in Ottawa
I’m writing to you today to ask you to support me as I gear up and cycle in support of a cause I care deeply about – ending youth homelessness in Ottawa.
On September 21, I’m going to be cycling in the Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride. I’m hoping to raise funds that will help provide Ottawa youth with job training, addictions counselling, employment supports and more to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home.
With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life. Let’s make a difference.
Make a donation
Thanks so much for your support,
PS: Read more about the amazing work being done at United Way Ottawa here: unitedwayottawa.ca/youth-homelessness.
You can help end youth homelessness in Ottawa.
The donations you raise will help provide our city’s youth with education, personal, and employment supports to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. With your support, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.
It’s exciting to think about the size of your social network and what change you can make possible by inspiring them to care about the cause that is so important to you. Therefore, we have some tips for you to ensure that no stone is left unturned!
- Family: Brother, Sister, Mom or Dad. Ask at least one of them for a $25. You never know, they might donate more!
- Friends: What are friends for? Well, in this case, they can give you $15 to help your goal.
- Co-Workers: Ask one co-worker to help support your goal by donating $15.
- Neighbours: Ask two of your neighbours for a $15 donation each.
- Don’t forget – you can also make a donation yourself!
Additionally, there are many creative ways you can raise money. This can be done individually or as a team — think bake sales, garage sales or even a chilli cook-off.
You can also use social media to increase your donations by using the images and videos we’ve provided.
Above all, don’t forget to share why you care and why ending youth homelessness in Ottawa is so important to you.
Lastly, it’s so important that when someone gives you a donation, you thank them for their support. You can also follow-up after and tell them how the bike ride went, and how much you raised!
To help you along your way, here are some social media posts to get you started. Just copy and paste!
This September at the @beausallnatural Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride, I am cycling to support @UnitedWayOttawa ’s efforts in helping end #youthhomelessness. You can support me here:
Like @UnitedWayOttawa, I want to give our vulnerable youth a safe place to call home. That’s why I am cycling at the @beausallnatural Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride to end #youthhomelessness in #Ottawa. Support me here:
Images (right-click to save):
Want to get involved in making a difference for those who need it most?
We are looking for volunteers (19+ years) to support the event on Saturday, September 21 from 7:30am until 3:30pm and Sunday, September 22 from 9am until 11am. Volunteers will be supporting participant registration, loading rider bags, organizing riders for departures, snack and water duty, bike loading and checking in with participants to make sure they’re enjoying their experience.
On Saturday, September 21, volunteer shifts will run during the hours of 7:30am to 3:30pm and includes a ride to Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill. A complimentary Beau’s shuttle bus to 300 Coventry Rd and Downtown Ottawa (Corner of Rideau/Cumberland) leaves every 15 minutes until 9pm from Oktoberfest on Saturday.
All volunteers will receive a t-shirt, snacks and food, and a complimentary ticket to attend Beau’s Oktoberfest!
Volunteers interested in volunteering with a friend or as a team are welcome! For further information, please contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Get involved and make a difference in your community!
Frequently Asked Questions
When you register, you will choose your start location. That can be Ottawa, Bourget, Cornwall or Montreal. You will also be provided with a link to your personal fundraising page that you can share with your family, friends and networks.
We encourage participants to fundraise—the more that you raise, the more prizes that you can win!
The day of the event, at your start location, you will receive your ride jersey and we will load your personal bag in a truck to meet you at the finish line. Links to each route are available below and we will share this information with you again closer to the ride. We also have Ride Captains to help guide and support you along the way, equipped with bike repair tools should you need them.
At the finish line, we’ll give you some food and safely load your bike to meet you back at Kunstadt Sports in the Glebe the next day. You can use the Community Centre’s facilities to change and shower, and get ready to enjoy the festival!
Raising funds is not mandatory to participate in the event, but by raising just $25 you can get food and drink tokens to enjoy at the festival. The more that you raise the more prizes that you can win! You have until September 18 to raise as much as you can to support youth homelessness.
All donations will support United Way’s vital work to provide Ottawa youth with education, personal, and employment supports to ease the transition to a more secure, permanent home. With your help, we can create opportunities for youth to build a more stable life.
Yes, everyone who makes a donation of $10 or more will receive a tax receipt.
Note: The registration fee is not tax receiptable, as per Canada Revenue Agency rules.
All registration fees are non-refundable.
The registration fee includes the standard entry rate into Beau’s Oktoberfest. On top of that, it also includes a custom Beau’s Bike Ride jersey, food and transportation back home to Ottawa or Cornwall for you and your bike.
When you arrive at your start location, you will receive your Beau’s jersey. At the end of your ride, you will be greeted by volunteers and given all of the prizes that you had won.
You can find the bike routes below by start location. Easy to download and use on your devices:
We have a designated bus for riders that will be returning to Bourget and Kunstadt Sports on Saturday.
- 7:00pm bus departure from the Vankleek Hill Community Centre
If you want to enjoy the festival for longer, you can hop on any of these shuttles:
Buses leave from Vankleek Hill fairgrounds towards Ottawa between:
- 6pm-9pm on Saturday
- There will be two dropoff locations, 300 Coventry Rd and Downtown Ottawa (Corner of Rideau/Cumberland).
Buses leave from Vankleek Hill fairgrounds towards Montreal between:
- 7pm-9pm on Saturday
- Dropoff location is at Palais des Congrès (201 avenue Viger Ouest, between Côté Street and Chenneville Street in the Palais des Congrès – Hall Viger)
Buses leave from Vankleek Hill fairgrounds towards Cornwall at:
- 9pm on Saturday
- Dropoff location is at Schnitzels (158 Pitt St).
For more info about shuttel service, please visit http://www.beausoktoberfest.ca/faq#buses
All bikes that started in Ottawa and Bourget will be returned on Sunday, September 22 to Kunstadt Sports (680 Bank Street) at 11:00 AM.
All bikes that started in Cornwall will be returned on Sunday, September 22 to the Stomping Grounds Bistro & Café at 10:00 AM
Rider safety is of the utmost importance to us. Our team of organizers will carefully consider the weather conditions and risk when deciding whether to cancel the ride.
Should the ride be cancelled, notice will be shared via e-mail to individual participants and posted on social media through the following pages: Beau’s Oktoberfest Charity Bike Ride , United Way Ottawa, Kunstadt Sports , Bike Centric and Cycles Campus.