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The Ride Map To Success program is a resource for all Riders, whether a 7-year veteran, a first-time Rider or someone who is thinking about registering for the Ride for the first time! Come back frequently to gain inspiration and info from fellow riders, learn tips on successful fundraising and hear about training, gear and nutrition from the pros!

KPMG is proud to present the Ride Map To Success Program along with 3 informative webinars leading up to the Ride Weekend June 13-14. Did you miss our final webinar, "The Home Stretch"?! Check it out below under "The Home Stretch" - Video!

Check out these fundraising tips from fellow Riders!

“Make a list of people that you can call or see in person. Call them or sit down with them for a minutes. Let them hear your story and connect with your goals emotionally.”


“Make a big crock pot of delicious soup and bring it into work. Put a jar and a sign that coworkers can help themselves to a bowl and that a donation would be greatly appreciated. A sign with a pic of your bike and your story and a link to your page will get people to go online too.”


“Pub night! Find a local restaurant or pub that wants to be more involved in the community. Plan a pub night with entertainment & raffle prizes and put all proceeds toward your fundraising account.”


“If you need to get your fundraising total up from $0, try to get someone to make your first gift $50 or more…when others donate they will look at what’s there and are more likely to give at a higher level.”


“A community bottle & can drive can be really well received if you start now! You can even open an account at the bottle recycling depots and your friends can drop off for you and place the money into your account. This is great for fundraising, community spirt and helping the environment!”


“Go to a local sign shop and ask if they’ll make you some signs as a donation. You can use the signs at work or fundraising events to raise awareness of your goal.”


“Sell advertising or sponsor logo space on your team jerseys.”


“Reach out to your business contacts. Don’t be afraid to ask!”


KPMG is proud to present the Ride Map To Success Program along with 3 informative webinars leading up to the Ride Weekend June 13-14. Did you miss our final webinar, "The Home Stretch"?! Check it out above under "The Home Stretch" - Video!

Don’t Bonk on your Bike
By Abby Langer, RD and CLIF Bar Nutrition Ambassador

The annual Ride to Conquer Cancer is just around the corner- a two-day, 200+ kilometre cycling fundraiser for cancer research that brings together thousands of riders, cancer survivors and their supporters for one common goal: to conquer cancer in their lifetime.

Ahead of this great event, I wanted to share four nutrition tips to ensure you have a successful ride and avoid the “bike bonk” that is, hitting a wall during a long ride when you’ve worked so hard preparing for the big day. The bonk is soul crushing, but the good news is that it can be completely avoidable if you’re properly fueled up for the ride.
You’re already supporting an important cause, now you need to make sure that nutrition and hydration take center stage before and during your ride.

Here’s how you can do it:
1. Fuel Up With Good Nutrition in the Months Before: For the weeks leading up to the ride, don’t eat anything different. Keep your diet clean, with lots of fresh, whole, unprocessed foods. Always train with the nutrition products you plan on using the day of your race, so you know that you can tolerate them and how much you’re going to need. For a long ride such as this one, you’ll need easy-to-grab, easy-to-eat options such as gels or chews to keep yourself going.

2. The Night Before: Don’t be afraid to eat carbohydrates they provide the energy needed to power you through the ride. That being said, the days of carbo-loading are pretty much over if you’ve been eating a balanced diet for the past few weeks, your muscles are already loaded with glycogen. Your pre-race dinner should be carbohydrate-based, but don’t go overboard. As we say, just as cramming for a test doesn’t work, cramming yourself full of carbohydrate the night before a race isn’t an effective plan, either. Stay away from new foods just in case they don’t agree with you, and try to make your own food so you know exactly what’s in it. A bland, easy-to-digest meal is your best bet.

3. Race Day: On race day, try to eat as soon after waking as you can. Food that is easy to digest and low in fiber, with plenty of carbohydrates. A CLIF Bar and a banana with some nut butter is a perfect breakfast that will provide everything you need to get you off to a good start! A caffeine-containing beverage 60 minutes before race time may help your performance as well, but make sure you consume any drinks by 1-2 hours before the event so you’re not running to the porta potty while everyone else is at the starting line.
Make sure you have your nutrition products all set you never know what the race course will have, and they may not be the products you’re familiar with.

4. During the Race: You’ll want to keep hydrated drinking up to one liter of either water or electrolyte drink every hour. To fuel yourself, choose easy portable nutrition, such as CLIF SHOT BLOKS or CLIF SHOT Gels, which are tasty and pure glucose with electrolytes to ensure you don’t run out of gas. A bonus is that they are 90% organic!
You’ll need about 30-60g of carbohydrate per hour of riding, and each of the Clif products have between 22-24g of carbohydrate which should fuel you for about 30-45 minutes.
One thing I need to emphasize do not wait to take a booster until you feel tired. You should have a schedule one CLIF SHOT Gel or one pack of CLIF SHOT BLOKS every 30-45 minutes. If you prefer solid foods, I like baby potatoes with a bit of salt (replenish those electrolytes!), fig newtons, or even a CLIF Bar.

Featured Rider Story

Phil Kohls

“My daily goals are to keep a smile on my face, laugh at myself and try to help others when I can. Long term, though, I hope I will be able to get back to the slopes and complete my 7th Ride to Conquer Cancer, raising funds for research, treatment and care at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.”

Phil, a seven-time Ride participant, would rather be skiing. Instead, he’s recovering from 35 radiation treatments.

After a follow up MRI from a concussion he had in 2010, doctors found a large mass growing on his tonsils and scheduled Phil for a biopsy at Collingwood Hospital. Soon after, Phil was diagnosed with stage three squamous cell carcinoma of the tongue.

Beginning his first round of radiation treatment on December 15, 2014 at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and finishing at the end of January, Phil has gone from feeling like his neck was sunburned to having swollen and blistered insides. It became difficult for him to swallow and eat and he lost over 16 pounds in the process.

As of February 5, Phil feels he is at the bottom of his cancer journey, as he is only drinking liquid meals and he can hardly speak. Still, he knows he only has one way to go: Up. The hopeful cancer patient will return to The Princess Margaret in the middle of March for an MRI, where he will learn the results of treatment.

The upcoming Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre keeps him motivated. With the event in June, Phil is looking forward to getting back on the slopes and his road bike to train for Canada’s largest cycling fundraiser.

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