Ready, set, go! You can now register for the 2017 Tour of Hope! This year, the event will take place from July 27 (start in Edmundston) to July 30 (arrival in Moncton).

By joining the Tour of Hope, you will become a part of a group of champions from all over New Brunswick who have decided to take up a challenge to raise funds for a great cause, while raising awareness of healthy and active lifestyles.
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1. Where do the funds go?

The Tour of Hope is a province-wide fundraising event that helps support the annual Tree of Hope Campaign. The Tree of Hope Campaign enables the purchase of specialized equipment and continuous training of the highly specialized teams at the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre, supports cancer research efforts, funds improvements at the Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge, funds the purchase of key pieces of equipment for the northern satellite units, and helps raise awareness of the importance of healthy living.

2. Can I decide where the donations will be invested?
Yes you can! Participants in the 2017 Tour of Hope will have the opportunity to determine where the funds they have raised should go, between these beneficiary sectors: The Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre; The Mgr. Henri-Cormier Lodge; Regional Satellite Units; Cancer research.

3. How much money do I have to raise?
If your intention is to complete the four days of the 2017 Tour of Hope and you register to the event before April 1st, your total commitment will be $1,000. If you register after this date, your total commitment will be $1,500. For those who plan on joining the group for one or two days, or for details about fees and commitments for students, please review the Reference Manual

4. How should I proceed with my fundraising efforts?
You can ask your friends, family members or local businesses to support you. Participants will also have their own fundraising webpage that they can share on social media and by email.

5. Is my current fitness level adequate to participate in the Tour of Hope?
The Tour of Hope is not a race; it’s an endurance challenge. It’s important to be in good physical shape to take part in this event. You should be able to ride in a peloton at an average speed of 25 km/hour, and be able to ride a total daily distance of 150 to 200 km. Those taking part in the four days of the 2017 Tour of Hope will travel about 650 km. You should also know that participants always have the option to take a break. They can sit in one of the support vehicles, and hop back on their bike at the next pit stop.

6. What are the different stages for this year’s Tour of Hope?
This year, the Tour will be spread over four days. This will give cyclists more time to recuperate at the end of each day. The first stage (July 27) will be from Edmundston to Campbellton. The second stage (July 28) will be from Campbellton to Grande-Anse. The third stage (July 29) will be from Grande-Anse to Miramichi. And the last stage (July 30) will be from Miramichi to Moncton.
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7. How much does it cost to register?
Registration is $160.

8. What’s included with the registration fee?
Snacks, meals, accommodations, technical team, cycling vest and promo kit are included with the registration fee.
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9. What’s NOT included with my registration?
You’re responsible to bring all the equipment that you need to participate (bike, cycling shoes, helmet, clothing, etc.). The Tour will, however, provide an official jersey that you will have to wear during the event. It’s important to note that the Tour will NOT provide gels. If you plan on using gels to maintain your energy levels during the event, please make sure to bring enough of them in your luggage.

10. Where will we stay during the Tour?
Schools, colleges and universities will be used for accommodations. You are required to bring your own inflatable mattress and sleeping bag. Accommodations are clean and have showers. You have the option to stay at local hotels, but this will be at your own expense.

11. Can I take part in the event for one or two days?
Yes. Some people want to take part in the event, but are not available for the full distance. You have the option to join the peloton for one, two or three days. For information regarding registration fees and fundraising commitments, please contact us.

12. Do you need volunteers?
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We do! Maybe your friend, spouse of close one is taking part in the event and you also want to be a part of the adventure? You can as a volunteer. Our team is always looking for dedicated and energetic people who want to help out. We need volunteers for our support team, security team, meal preparation, etc. For more information, please contact us.

13. How can I get more information?
It’s easy! Check out the Tour of Hope’s website ( or by contact us by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 862-4285 / 1 800 862-6775.

14. How can I get more information about training for the Tour of Hope?
Our Technical Director, Roberto Piccinin, is happy to share his top-10 training tips to help you out in your training efforts for the 2017 Tour of Hope.

"First, I want to congratulate you! Deciding to register for the 2017 Tour of Hope and committing to train for the event is a huge step in accomplishing this great adventure! Now, if you want to be ready for the big day, it’s important to stay focused and commit to your training program. Without further ado, here are my top-10 tips to help you prepare for this 650 km event!" 

1. Planning and Structure
2. Monitor and manage intensity
3. Sample training zones
4. Frequency, Intensity and Duration
5. Implementing your Strategic Training Plan
6. Pace (RPM: Revolutions per minute) and Resistance (Torque) 
7. Hills
8. Intervals
9. Tapering period
10. Dealing with negative mind chatter (Part 1) (Part 2)

15. How can I get more information about equipment requirements?
Our equipment specialist and lead cyclist, Rhéal Jaillet, is here to help! The owner of FitWorks in Dieppe shares his top-10 equipment tips.

"We all embark in this great adventure with different backgrounds. Some have travelled thousands of kilometers on their bikes; others only started cycling a few months ago. But you know what? We’re all champions for taking part in this challenge! And nobody – even experienced cyclists – is immune from mechanical problems. Today, I want to share share a few tips to help you prepare your bike and equipment for the 2017 Tour of Hope. Enjoy the ride!"

1. Get a good tune-up, a minimum of a week before the big day 
2. So What About Bike Fit ?
3. Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Good Tires !
4. Don’t Forget the Flat Repair Kit !
5. Bring the Right Tools
6. Invest in Clothing
7. Headgear and Shades
8. Ridin’ in the Rain
9. Pass the Chamois Butter, Please
10. Just. Be. Ready !

16. How can I get more information about nutrition?
Our nutrition specialist, Natasha McLaughlin-Chaisson, IOC Dip Sport Nutr., Dt.P./RD, BSc, (Nutr.), Sports & Performance Dietitian, is here to help! Here's her list of top-10 nutrition tips!

"Well, kudos to you! You’re about to take part in an amazing adventure for a great cause! Of course, nutrition is an important aspect of your preparation. You need to establish good eating habits in preparation for your training sessions and for the Tour of Hope. I see it too often: athletes don’t refuel often enough. It’s also a good idea to use your training sessions to figure out what works and what doesn’t for you. For example, what’s easier for you to digest? How often do you need to snack to maintain your energy level? So here it is: my Top-Ten Nutrition Tips."
1. Time large meals properly
2. Hydrate for power
3. Carbs are your friends
4. Eating too much fat and fiber, in the hour prior to a ride, can make you sluggish
5. Food combinations are crucial to success 
6. Snacking is not just for kids
7. Fuel your longer rides
8. Don’t forget the salt!
9. Don’t eat the same way every day!
10. Recovery starts right away


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