MS Bike

MS Bike - Waskesiu FAQ


Registration

1. What is the fee to register?

The fees vary depending on the date you register; the fee structure is as follows:

  • September 14th, 2018 - January 31, 2019: $5
  • February 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019: $25
  • April 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019: $40
  • July 1, 2019 - event date: $50

2. Is my registration fee a donation?

As there are many costs associated with the tour that are not sponsored, your registration fee will be used to offset our bike tour costs. You will not receive a tax receipt for your registration fees.

3. Is there an age restriction to participate?

Yes; participants must be 10 years of age or older.

4. Can I refund or transfer my registration fee if I choose not to participate?

Unfortunately, registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

5. Is there a minimum fundraising amount?

Yes; you must fundraise a minimum of $350 to be permitted to participate in the tour.

6. Can I register as an individual?

Yes, you can register as an individual. However, if you have friends or family that want to join you, we can set you up as a team.

7. Can I register as a team?

Absolutely! The more cyclists, the merrier! Contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or 306-244-2114 ext.5052 for help registering your team and to learn more.

8. What is the benefit of being on a team?

Everything is more fun with family, friends and co-workers by your side!

Strengthen your impact - fundraising is easier with the support of your team! It’s proven that your fundraising increases when you are part of a team.

Show your spirit - wear your team colours through your jerseys, add hats and banners to identify your team!

Increase your corporate visibility - corporate teams are a great way to gain exposure for your company as well as grow camaraderie amongst your colleagues.

Your team can help keep your motivation and fundraising on track.

9. Can another member be added to an existing team?

Upon registering online, you can easily join an existing team. If you are already registered, please contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or 306-244-2114 ext.5052 to be added to a team.

10. Where and when do I pick up my cyclist package and drop off my pledges?

You can pick up your cyclist package during check-in. Please note cyclist packages will only be distributed to cyclists who have fundraised the $350 minimum. See details below:

  • Early Check-in - September 13th from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Waskseiu Community Hall
  • Check-in - September 14th from 8:30am-10:00am at the Waskesiu Community Hall

11. What do I need to bring when I Check-in for the event?

When you check-in for the MS Bike, bring all of your cash and cheque donations, your donation tracking forms and pledge submission form. Please ensure that the forms are filled in with complete details, so we can know where to send tax receipts to your donors. If we don’t have the proper information, we are unable to do so.

12. I am a Team Captain, can I pick up my whole team’s t-shirts and prizing?

No, each cyclist must check-in and pick up their prizing individually.

13. Can I pick up another cyclist’s registration packet?

No, each cyclist must check-in individually.

14. What if I get more donations after I have already checked in for the event?

That is not a problem! You can turn in any additional donations to our office at #2-706 Duchess St in Saskatoon or 150 Albert St in Regina.

15. What if all of my fundraising has been done online? Do I still need to check-in?

Yes, each person will need to check-in to receive their cyclist registration kit, event shirt and any prizing.


Accommodations

1. What are my options for overnight accommodation in Waskesiu?

Accommodations are the responsibility of the cyclist, but many local businesses provide our cyclists a discount. See below for options and be sure to mention that you are riding in the MS Bike when booking your stay.

For a complete list of Waskesiu accommodations, visit www.waskesiu.org

2. How do I get to my hotel or cottage from the Waskesiu Community Hall?

With the start/finish line in Waskesiu, cyclists can freely leave the event site with their own vehicles, or they can ride their bike.


Pre-Tour Information

1. Are there Bike Tune-ups available?

Yes!

  • Regina
    Tune-up Party at the MS Society office Thursday August 8th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Come enjoy a burger, hand in donations and receive a free bike inspection from Dutch Cycle.
  • Saskatoon
    Bike inspections will be available from Sept 2nd - 14th to currently registered cyclists at Bike Doctor (623 Main St) during their regular business hours.

2. How can I get involved in the tour other than cycling?

There are many ways to get involved in the tour besides cycling! We are always looking for volunteers as the tour would simply not be possible without our incredible volunteers! Please contact Cydnee Colenutt at Cydnee.Colenutt@mssociety.ca or (306)244-2114

3. What type of bike do I need?

Road bikes are not required, but strongly recommended. Your bike must be road-ready and safe!

4. Is the MS Bike Waskesiu event on social media?

Yes! We're on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Use @mssocietysk to find us!


Tour Weekend Information

1. If I am unable to ride in the tour, can someone else ride in my place?

No, unfortunately registration for the tour is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

2. What kind of support do I receive along the route?

The tour is a fully supported route! We offer multiple check points approximately every 5-10km along the way. Checkpoints include refreshments, snacks, and washroom facilities. We offer medical support (trained professional medical personnel), SAG vehicles (pick up cyclists who cannot finish the tour or need a break from cycling), and bike mechanics from Bike Doctor (for any cyclists with mechanical issues).

3. Can my friends and family watch along the way?

Yes, friends and family are welcome to support you along the way. They are welcome to watch at the start/finish line and from rest stops along the route.

4. Do I need to bring my own food?

We provide food for the whole tour; we offer breakfast, snacks and lunch along the route and BBQ celebration dinner following the ride. However, you may choose to bring your own snacks. We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but strongly recommend you bring your own food if you are on a restricted diet. Contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or 306-244-2114 ext.5052

5. What do I do if I can no longer ride during the tour?

Safety and Gear (SAG) vehicles pick up cyclists who cannot finish the tour or need a break from cycling. Cyclists will be taken back to the start/finish line. Snag a SAG by safely getting off your bike and holding your helmet up in the air.

6. What is Rider’s Village?

Rider Village is an area on the event site that cyclists can hang out in and cheer on other cyclists as they finish the event. Join us for a beer garden, music, snacks and games! This are is open to everyone!

We award 10 teams with their own small tent to use for the weekend. We encourage you to bring decorations and fun activities to make your tent a festive area during the weekend. Watch your emails for ways to win a Team Tent.

Due to our Liquor Permit for the beer garden, you are not allowed to bring in outside alcohol.

7. If I don’t complete the tour, can I still attend the dinner?

Of course! Please come join in the festivities!

8. Do I need to be at the Waskesiu Community Hall for a certain time?

A short program and Dinner will begin at 4:30pm. We encourage all cyclists to attend.

9. Can my friends and family come to the dinner?

Yes! Guest tickets can be purchased ahead of time by calling the MS Society office at (306)244-2114 for $20.

10. Do I need ID for the beer gardens?

Yes, we ID anyone that looks under 30.


Post-Tour Information

1. Can my friends and family join me at the finish line?

Absolutely! We encourage family and friends to come join you to celebrate your completion of the tour.

2. Where do I enquire regarding lost and found items?

During the event, lost and found items will be turned into Volunteer check in at the Community Hall. Any items that are not claimed will be taken to the Saskatoon office (#2-706 Duchess St, Saskatoon) for pick up. Please contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or (306)244-2114 to claim lost items.

3. When is the fundraising deadline?

You have until September 30, 2019 to submit your donations.


Donating, Fundraising, & Rewards

1. When can I start fundraising?

You can begin fundraising as soon as you are registered! Registration is now open at msbike.ca! We accept donations for the tour until September 30, 2019.*

*Please Note: You must raise the minimum of $350 prior to riding in the tour on September 14th.

2. What is the minimum fundraising required? What happens if I don’t meet the minimum?

The minimum pledge amount is $350. If you do not meet the minimum amount, you will not receive your cyclist package and will not be able to participate in the tour.

3. How do tax receipts work for donors?

We offer tax receipts for any donors who contributed $20 and over. Online donors will automatically receive a tax receipt within 24 hours of their donation via email* and offline donors (cash and cheque) can expect to receive their tax receipt via mail within four months of their donation.

*Please note for online donors: Check your junk/spam folder as sometimes your emailed tax receipts end up there.

4. Where do my fundraising dollars go?

All money raised in Canada stays within the MS Society of Canada. Proceeds raised fund both world-class research and innovative programs and services for people impacted by MS in your community.

5. How do I submit pledges?

To turn in pledge money:

  1. Credit Card donations are accepted online at msbike.ca.
    To donate to a cyclist click DONATE, search your cyclist’s name to donate directly to them.*
    *Please note donations made to a team (rather an individual) will go directly to the Team Captain.
  2. Via Mail: Cheques should be submitted with a donation tracking form found in your Participant Centre mailed to the MS Society at #2-706 Duchess St, Saskatoon SK, S7K 0R3. (Please make all cheques payable to the MS Society of Canada).
  3. Feel free to stop by our office in person with pledges at any time before or after the tour. We’re located at #2-706 Duchess St, Saskatoon or 150 Albert St, Regina and open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  4. Turn in pledges when you stop by to pick up your Cyclist Package during Early Check-in on September 13th from 7:00pm-9:00pm at the Waskesiu Community Hall.
  5. The morning of the bike tour inside the Waskesiu Community Hall at the start line.

6. When is the deadline for donations to be handed in?

The deadline for donations to be handed in is September 30th, 2019.

7. What rewards for fundraising are offered?

Click here to check out our 2019 Fundraising Rewards!

8. If I am eligible for a reward, how and where do I collect it?

  • $350 Level:
    Cyclist Packages and t-shirts can be picked up during Early Check-in or at check-in at the start line.
  • $1,000 Level:
    $1,000 Club Jerseys can be picked up at the MS Society office in Saskatoon or Regina starting in late May 2019 or at Check-in at the event.
    • Please note: All cyclists who raise over $1000 are also invited to our Dinner of Champions to be held in November 2019. Invitations will be sent out via mail.
  • $2,000 Level:
    $2000 Club Shorts can be picked up at the MS Society office in Saskatoon or Regina starting in late May 2019 or at Check-in at the event.
  • $3,500+ Level:
    Receive a $250 gift card to Bike Doctor, Dutch Cycle Canadian Tire, Walmart, Co-op or Mission First [a tax receipt in lieu of a gift card]. We will contact recipients of this level after the event.
  • $5,000+ Level:
    Receive a $400 gift card to Bike Doctor, Dutch Cycle Canadian Tire, Walmart, Co-op or Mission First [a tax receipt in lieu of a gift card]. We will contact recipients of this level after the event.
  • $12,500+ Level (Individual Total):
    Ride in the tour of Champions or receive a $900 gift card to Bike Doctor, Dutch Cycle, Canadian Tire, Walmart, Co-op or Mission First [a tax receipt in lieu of a gift card]. For more information on Tour of Champions contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca

Participant Centre

1. What is a personal page?

A personal page is a unique personal webpage provided to you for you to use when asking your friends and family to join your team or to make a donation. You have a default page created for you, but you can personalize this page with your own story by signing in, selecting the “Personal Page” tab, and saving any changes you make.

2. How do I sign into my Participant Centre?

From any page of msbike.ca, click the "Login" link at the top-right of your screen. Enter your username and password; then, once logged in, you’ll be automatically directed to the home page of your Participant Centre.

If you are registered for more than one event, you can access your other Participant Centre(s) by selecting the event after you log in.

3. I forgot my username and/or password. What do I do?

Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. If you have forgotten your username and/or password, you can retrieve it by selecting “Forgot your password or username?” when on the log in page. For further assistance, please contact Contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or 306-244-2114 ext.5052.

4. How do I change my username, password, email preferences, and/or personal information?

First, sign in to the site using your username and password by clicking the "Login" link at the top-right of the page. Once signed in, click on the "Profile" link to the top right-hand side (next to the “Log Out” button). Click on the “Change/Reset Password" link to update your new password. Click “Edit Your Profile” to change your username and other details of your profile such as mailing address and mailing preferences.

5. How can I see who has donated to me?

Sign in to your Participant Centre and select the “Progress” navigation tab. Scroll down to see your donation receipt history.

6. How do I change my personal goal?

Sign in to your Participant Centre. Under the “Home” tab, select “Change” where it shows your goal. Write the new amount and hit “Submit”.

7. How do I change my team name or team goal?

The Team Captain can change the team goal by signing in to their Participant Centre, clicking the “Progress” tab, and selecting the “Team” tab on the right-hand side. Then simply click the “Change” button under the Team Goal. To change the team's name, please contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or 306-244-2114 ext.5052


Teams

1. How do I register a team?

First register yourself in order to create a team. You’ll be prompted to create a team during the registration process. Be sure to pick a creative team name!

If you already registered as an individual, but would like to join or start a team, please contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or 306-244-2114 ext.5052with the name of the team you'd like to join or start.

2. How do I change my team name or team goal?

The Team Captain can change the team goal by signing in to their Participant Centre, clicking the “Progress” tab, and selecting the “Team” tab on the right-hand side. Then simply click the “Change” button under the Team Goal. To change the team's name, please contact Rebecca Snider at rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca or 306-244-2114 ext.5052

3. My team wants to create a custom team jersey! Who should we go through?

Our national MS Bike apparel sponsor, Primal has great solutions for team apparel and a 10% give-back program. Create a team jersey all team members can wear when training to promote your team and MS Bike! Please note that orders take approximately 6 weeks total, so be sure to order with enough time before the tour!

For more information about the team jersey, please contact Rebecca Snider at Rebecca.Snider@mssociety.ca.


MS Bike - Waskesiu Contact Information

Still have questions? Reach out!

Rebecca Snider - Community Engagement Coordinator
306-244-2114 ext. 5052 | rebecca.snider@mssociety.ca
Please contact with all event inquires.

Cydnee Colenutt - Coordinator, Campaigns, Volunteers, and Administration
306-244-2114 ext.5053 | Cydnee.Colenutt@mssociety.ca
Please contact if you would like to volunteer for the MS Bike - Waskesiu!