The Rotary Ride for Rescue is a fundraising road and mountain bike race up West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain in aid of North Shore Search and Rescue.
Also known as the Cypress Mountain Hill Climb, this event takes place on June each year.
RACE CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
The 10th annual Rotary Ride for Rescue has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the cycling and mountain biking event won’t be happening on June 13, 2020, as originally planned.
West Vancouver’s 10th Annual Rotary Ride for Rescue
The Rotary Ride for Rescue is an annual bicycle race up Cypress Mountain.
Participants can choose between two different races – a 17-km road race and an 11-km mountain bike race. Both are grueling uphill treks for experienced (and very fit) cyclists. In recent years as many as 200 or so participants join the road race and another 20 to 30 do the mountain bike route.
Riders check in between 7:45 and 8:45 am at Mulgrave School which is located at 2330 Cypress Bowl Lane. The race then begins at 9 o’clock just a block or so down the hill from the school.
Everyone departs at the same time, but the majority cycle the whole way up the road while the Mountain bikers very quickly head off on the side trails.
To participate in the race cyclists need to sign up, pay a fee of $50 and then try to raise at least $100 (but hopefully more).
Some people sign up to ride on their own, many go with a friend or two, and others attend with a pile of fellow bike-loving friends. In some cases companies send an entire team all decked out in fancy gear with their corporate logos.
The Fundraising Beneficiaries
The goal of the Rotary Ride for Rescue is to raise as much as $150,000 through pledges, donations and sponsorships. Proceeds from the event benefit both Rotary humanitarian projects and North Shore Search & Rescue.
The Rotary Ride for Rescue is a fundraising event put on by the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise which is a service club that meets weekly on Thursday mornings at the Capilano Golf & Country Club in West Vancouver. Rotary humanitarian projects include initiatives to eradicate polio, provide clean drinking water to third world communities and empower youth both locally and throughout the world.
North Shore Search & Rescue is a non-profit group of volunteers who rescue people when they get lost or injured while hiking in the North Shore Mountains and surrounding area. Funds raised at the bike race help the group maintain their search and rescue equipment and educate the community about safety measures and what to do in an emergency.
After the Race
At the top of Cypress Mountain is Cypress Lodge where a pancake breakfast is served from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. There is also an event expo where both cyclists and spectators can speak with search and rescue personnel and learn about North Shore Search & Rescue and what they do.
At the event expo there are also massage therapists on site to help ease the sore muscles of weary cyclists, and sometimes even bike shop professionals offering minor tune-ups.
For more information about the race check out the Rotary Ride for Rescue website.
Rotary is an international network of business people and professionals who volunteer in their communities and support global initiatives. There are numerous Rotary Clubs in the Vancouver region and many of them raise funds by organizing events. Events hosted by Lower Mainland Rotary Clubs include the following:
- White Rock Polar Bear Swim – an icy swim in the ocean on New Year’s Day that’s hosted by the Peace Arch, Peninsula, Semihamoo, South Surrey and White Rock Rotary Clubs.
- Search for the Perfect Pint – a craft beer-tasting event in May that’s hosted by the Port Moody Rotary Club.
- Rotary Ride for Rescue – the bike race up Cypress Mountain in June that’s hosted by the Rotary Club of West Vancouver Sunrise.
- North Vancouver Canada Day Celebrations – a family-friendly community event that’s hosted by Lions Gate Rotary at Waterfront Park on July 1st each year.
- Port Moody Ribfest – a barbecue-themed community event hosted by the Rotary Club of Port Moody at Rocky Point Park in July.
- Langley Ribfest – a barbecue-themed community event hosted by four different Langley Rotary clubs in August.
- Find the Perfect Pint – a fundraising event at the Poirier Forum that’s hosted by the Coquitlam Rotary Club in September.
All of the above events are exceptional, and proceeds raised from them benefit charitable initiatives both locally and abroad.