Roger’s Harvest 100
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  Posted September 22nd, 2010 by Zdenko  in Cycling, Edmonton | 2 comments

Cycling Edmonton

From Velocity Cycle

Harvest Ride – Sept. 26, 2010, 10:00 AM, Ardrossan Hall 

The Harvest Ride was conceived of by Roger Tetrault in 2001 while he and Laura were out riding on an autumn day in Strathcona County. All the leaves were turning and the farmers were out in the fields cutting.

Last year Roger was still directing this ride…

Roger had recently come to Alberta from the West Coast and was taken by the beauty of the countryside and the way the prairie fields stirred in the breeze. As was often the case with Roger, when he felt something special on a ride he wanted to share it with others. “Wouldn’t it be great, Laura, if we had a group ride out here on a day just like this?” Laura agreed, they put the plans in motion, and they put out the call to local cyclists.

In front of Memorial Hall in Ardrossan

Start at Memorial Hall in Ardrossan

The first Harvest 100, named for its distance, drew some 160 riders from the Edmonton area. They gathered to celebrate the joy and fellowship of riding, and hopefully to see a bit of what made that first day special to Roger. After a successful first ride it became an annual event. Roger and Laura were regularly in attendance, often leading the ride out on their tandem. As the unofficial wrap-up to many a rider’s season, it has become a chance to gather in the cool air of autumn and the warmth of each other’s company and look back at a summer well spent on our bikes.

This year’s ride will be renamed in memory of Roger. Roger’s Harvest 100, hosted by Velocity Cycle and the Tetrault family, will roll out at 10:00 am, Sept. 26 from the Ardrossan Hall. A post-ride lunch will follow. To help us plan for the meal, please RSVP using this form. Please note that this is for numbers only, so you should still arrive early enough that morning to register officially for the ride.

Please bring $5 for the meal. Also, a representative from the Alberta Cancer Foundation will be on hand to accept donations towards melanoma research.

Spectacle of colour in Strathcona County

Spectacle of colour in Strathcona County

Autumn: is there a better time to ride a bike? The air is cool. You’ve done all the work through spring and summer to become fit and strong, the race season is winding down, and the whole world around you is transforming into a spectacle of colour. It’s perhaps the best time to get out and just ride for the pure pleasure of it.

On September 26th Velocity Cycle will once again host the annual Harvest Ride, an interclub social event to mark the passing of another good season of riding and racing.

Last year during the 100 km ride

Last year during the 100 km ride

The ride is open to everyone from club racers to recreational riders. The routes will loop through beautiful Strathcona County. Shorter and longer routes (approx. 60km and 100km) are available, and will be followed by a social lunch afterward.

This is a special year for the Harvest Ride. The ride was initiated by Roger Tetrault, club member and longtime supporter of cycling and cross-country skiing in the Edmonton area. Roger left us last year after a long battle with cancer, and this year the ride will be renamed and lead out in his honor. Look for more of the story of Roger and the Harvest Ride here soon.

Please Note! 

Just a quick note: In addition to having a representative of the Alberta Cancer Foundation onsite at the ride to collect donations for melanoma research, you can also make a donation online through the Alberta Cancer Foundation here.  Thanks!


Last year during the 100 km ride

Thanks for reading! We’ll see you there!



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2 comments to “Roger’s Harvest 100”

  1. Comment by Sean Capri:

    What an incredible event. You are all so passionate and we’re thrilled to have you as part of Alberta’s cancer-free movement. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.

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