I got involved with Coast To Coast Against Cancer Foundation about 6 years ago. My good friend Paul Stevens (my Team Muskoka teammate) introduced me to the cause. I have done two ride alongs with the National Kids Cancer Rede in the past, a one-day ride from Barrie to Toronto and a 3 day ride from Barrie to Quebec City in 2016. I have also participated in Tour for Kids Ontario the past two years.
I’m doing this ride because I love cycling and I love the idea of using our passion to raise money for a very worthwhile cause. Nobody should have to experience the horrors of cancer – especially children. I want to do my part in supporting all those touched by cancer.
I am excited about the challenge of riding for 18 days from coast to coast across our great country. I am excited about the opportunity to meet so many kids that deserve our support, while they face much greater challenges than most of us can imagine. To be able to share in the dedication and commitment with a group of riders and volunteers will surely be a very rewarding experience.
I enjoy all sorts of sports including road cycling, fat biking, hockey, golf, skiing, baseball and snowmobiling. At Tour for Kids, 2018 I completed my longest one-day road bike ride of 250 kms. (into the wind both ways of course!). Looking forward to pounding out the kms again this year on the beautiful rolling hills of Muskoka.
I have also been involved the past couple years with another coast to coast ride. Its a ride that gets high school students involved in 3 days of cycling and travels from coast to coast. I have a lot of respect for the organizers of the event and their focus on promoting exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Last year I was helping one of the riders up a hill and went off my bike onto the shoulder and into the ditch. Just some scrapes and bruises and more damage to my ego than anything else – especially because the whole thing was caught on video!