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While cycling became a passion later in life than some, it transformed me. It turned an overweight desk jockey headed for an early heart attack into a happy, healthy and engaged person intent on making a meaningful difference in the lives of others. As a result, racing has never entered into the equation. Instead, my cycling pedigree comes more from doing ultra distance charity events.
Starting small with shorter distance rides with my young son, I worked my way up to multi-day events with distances in excess of 200km per day. This progression lead to the ultimate event with the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. The National Kids Cancer Ride traverses the Canada in 18 days. There are two teams that cover the distance. Team 1 that goes at a slower pace and shorter distances and Team 2 that does the heavy lifting with average distances per day above 200km with a few 275-300km days for good measure. What was meant to be a once in a lifetime endeavour turned into 5 of the most meaningful years of my life. Starting in 2012 I rode across the country 4.5 times on Team 2; three of those years as team captain. In that time my family, with support from countless community members, raised in excess of $200k to support children and their families living with and beyond cancer.
The personal growth and experience accumulated in those 5 years both as a person and a cyclist was immeasurable. Sometimes logging over 13,000km in training before embarking on the journey had me participating in countless group rides from small to large. This has created a foundation and enhance my ability to guide others safely on cycling journeys.
One of the most rewarding elements of cycling is the connection between like minded people. Sharing time with other cyclists over any distance inevitably leads to some kind of mutual storytelling. My goal is to create memorable experiences that people can share with fellow cyclists on future rides. I look forward to hearing your stories and sharing mine!
By the way, I almost forgot to mention that after getting out from behind a desk, my full time gig for almost ten years was in a bike shop. Nothing helps develop a strong sense of cycling culture and community than working in a place like that. My family and I now run a B&B that caters to active lifestyle enthusiasts. Of course, we not only include cycling in that mix, we embrace it!
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