Follow James Potvin, a 10 year old boy with autism raising $20,000 for charity on a 1,000 km bike ride from Whitby, Ontario, Canada to Coney Island, New York

Depart Whitby: August 18, 2018
Arrive Coney Island: Sept 1, 2018

Read about how James is working to make a difference for thousands of kids just like him.

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Please support James through a donation to our charities

EJ Autism on Long Island NY is working to make programs and services available to families of Children with Autism through treatment and respite programs.

*EJ Autism Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charity eligible for matching funds
Tax ID #: 32-0156987

Grandview is James’ local children’s treatment Centre. It provides  services for children and youth with physical, communication and developmental needs.

Grandview has launched its Believe campaign for a New Grandview. Your donation to Grandview on behalf of James will help to create a new treatment centre in Ajax, Ontario.

Donations to Grandview Kids are eligible for tax receipts within Canada.

Support James' Ride directly. Donations to this GoFundMe Account will pay for James' ride, with excess donated to Grandview Kids and EJ Autism.


By giving here you will be giving James snacks on the trail, paying for this website, and helping cover the costs of repairs or incidentals along the way.


Where is James?


James is likely at school or outside playing right now. Once he's on the trail, you will be able to check in here to see his latest updates and follow his 1000 km journey from Whitby, Ontario, Canada to Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York.


Route Map. (Subject to change)

Please scroll through the menu below for our full travel plans.



While we are thankful for support from everyone, we'd like to extend special thanks to the people who helped make this ride possible.


Want to see what James is up to? Things can get pretty busy - but we always have time to say hi to a friend...

Aug 12, 2018

7:30 AM

Ride4United Way Durham Region Gran Fondo

James and Chris will be riding the 100 km route in Durham Region's Gran Fondo. I suspect we will be the only participants kitted out on touring bikes... In James' words, "We go slow, but far."

Aug 17, 2018

Visit James and enjoy some Coney Island Style Hotdogs

Grandview Kids Sendoff Party

Come to Grandview Children's centre at 6:00 PM on the night before James heads out on his big ride. Enjoy a hotdog, hear his story and wish him well as James gets ready to bike to New York City.

Aug 18, 2018

8:00 AM

Day 1 - The Journey Begins! (Whitby to Clarkson)

Join James and Chris at gazebo in Rotary Sunrise Lake Park as they embark on their journey. Bring a bike and ride alongside them as they head west on the Waterfront trail toward Ajax and Toronto.  Expected distance of about 90 km. Turn back when you've gone as far as you wish.

Aug 19, 2018

7:00 AM

Day 2 - Clarkson to St. Catharines

Join James and Chris as they depart Mississauga and head east toward St. Catharines.  Today they will pass through the communities of Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Jordan, and finally arriving in St. Catharines. Expected distance of about 83 km. 

Aug 20, 2018

7:00 AM

Day 3 - St. Catharines to Medina NY

Join James and Chris as they continue eastward. Today they will ride from St. Catharines through Allanburg and Niagara Falls, crossing into the USA at the Rainbow Bridge, then into Niagara Falls NY, Sanborn, Lockport,  Middleport, and end the day at Medina NY. Expected distance of about 93 km.

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Frog Bikes

A special thank-you to Frog Bikes and Bike Depot Pickering for outfitting James with his bike and gear to complete this journey. Frog is a bike company that shows they believe in kids by providing bikes, gear, and support to allow little guys to chase the dreams of dreamers twice their size. Thank-you Frog for a great bike, and to Bike Depot for service and care of our equipment.

Arkel Panniers

Arkel Panniers shows its belief in its customers, its product, and its staff by building world-class bags and panniers for bikepacking and touring, as well as commuter and shopping bags. Thank you Arkel for supplying James and Chris with bike bags, networking, and encouragement for this ride.


Through the volunteer hours put in by leaders around the world, Scouts are growing to be examples and contributors to their communities. Thank you Scouts Canada for helping James and for showing him so many things he can do. Thanks to the scouting community of Ontario and New York for meeting us on the trails, finding us places to stay, and feeding us along the way.

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