7 Days In May – Registration Fees

We get asked from time to time how our registration fee pricing works or why our prices are the amounts that they are. The answer is quite simple – we set the price of registration fees to offset the costs of hosting the event. It is also important to state upfront that neither 7 Days In May nor People On Bikes make any money by hosting this event. 7 Days In May is run entirely as a charitable activity. All of our staff and support workers participate on a volunteer basis. And we do this because it’s important to us that 100% of the funds raised through your fund raising efforts go directly to pancreatic cancer research.

Your registration fee, whether for 1 day or 7 days, is designed to cover the costs of food, refreshments, snacks, vehicles, spare parts, tools, mechanic, and related costs. In addition, the cost of t-shirts, socks, and jerseys are reflected in the registration fee at cost.

So, what do you get for your registration fee? Let’s look at each level of registration separately.

1 Day – Single Day Ride To Cobourg

The “full priced” registration fee is $125, although discounts are offered for returning riders or riders that actively use a GPS for mapping their ride. Included in this fee is the following:

  • T-shirt
  • 7 Days In May Custom Socks
  • 7 Days In May Cycling Jersey (regular fit)
  • Active guide and van support
  • Lunch
  • Snacks and in ride nutrition
  • Liquid refreshments / hydration during the ride
  • Emergency mechanic support
  • Incredibly friendly and energetic volunteers at check in and during the ride
  • End of Day BBQ, family style

A pretty good value, in our humble opinion, for your registration fee.

2 Days – Weekend Ride To Kingston

The “full priced” registration fee is $200, although discounts are offered for returning riders or riders that actively use a GPS for mapping their ride. Included in this fee is the following:

  • T-shirt
  • 7 Days In May Custom Socks
  • 7 Days In May Cycling Jersey (regular fit)
  • Active guide and van support including luggage transfer
  • Lunch on both days, breakfast on Day 2
  • Snacks and in ride nutrition
  • Liquid refreshments / hydration during the ride
  • Emergency mechanic support
  • Incredibly friendly and energetic volunteers at check in and during the ride
  • End of Day BBQ, family style, on Day 1
  • Significantly discounted dinner option at Dianne’s Seafood Shack in Kingston on Day 2

7 Days – Full Week Ride Around Lake Ontario

The “full priced” registration fee is $500, although discounts are offered for returning riders or riders that actively use a GPS for mapping their ride. Included in this fee is the following:

  • T-shirt
  • 7 Days In May Custom Socks
  • 7 Days In May Profit Cycling Jersey (special edition for “Lake Riders”), Bib shorts or shorts
  • Active guide and van support including luggage transfer
  • Lunch on all 7 days, breakfast on days 2-7
  • Snacks and in ride nutrition
  • Liquid refreshments / hydration during the ride
  • Emergency mechanic support
  • Incredibly friendly and energetic volunteers at check in and during the ride
  • End of Day BBQ, family style, on Day 1
  • Significantly discounted dinner option at Dianne’s Seafood Shack in Kingston on Day 2
  • Complementary dinner on Day 6
  • End of ride celebration

All in all, we are pleased with our pricing. We have kept the pricing levels the same for the past 4+ years, even though many costs have gone up. We need to thank our sponsors for making this possible. But, there are some costs that our registration does not cover, explicitly. Here’s a breakdown:

What Is NOT Covered In Registration Fees

While we try to accommodate all requirements, there are a few areas that we either don’t cover, or cannot commit to for various reasons. As such, they are outside of our regular registration fee.

  • Hotels. Some people like single rooms, some are fine with double occupancy, and some are fine with a higher density sleeping arrangement. We do have a great relationship with Choice Hotels who help us get excellent rates at 5 of the 6 hotels we stay at along the way. The other town, Alexandria Bay, we have a very good relationship with the Otter Creek Inn, who give us good rates and who’s owners are very hospitable. For those budgeting on the trip, you can plan for roughly $50 / night per person (double occupancy), or $300 for the full week.
  • Dinners. Other than special nights, we do not prebook or charge a set amount for dinners. Primarily because we are not a tour group, we are a charity ride. Some people like a lot of food. Some people enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two with dinner. So, to simplify, we separate the cost of dinner out of our fee and allow each rider to customize their own choices. Riders are free to go to any restaurant they choose for dinner. Often, we head out in “packs” and frequent restaurants together. Our tastes are relatively meagre – we don’t eat fancy. If you are budgeting, outside of the special nights, you should plan about $30 / night per person for dinner and such.
  • Return Rides to Toronto. We actually have done a very good job of creating car pools and ride sharing over the years. To date, every rider has been supported on their trip back to Toronto from either Cobourg or Kingston. We continually monitor the requirement and are definitely prepared to make a formally scheduled return shuttle should the need arise. To date, we have been able to handle this through our wonderful volunteers and support people
  • End of day beer or similar. Actually, we used to do this, but then we learned a few things about liability, people over indulging, and fairness. So, we instituted a “beer ticket” system in 2017. Now, we sell beer tickets for $2 each. The money goes directly to the cost of buying the beer (or similar). If we have any left over (beer or money), they go to the end of ride celebration held when we get back to Toronto area on Day 7. If there is any money left after that, we donate it to the Foundation and it goes directly to pancreatic cancer research.

Otherwise, most items are included. We hope that this information page helps explain our position. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.