I taught myself how to ride a bike at 4 so I could keep up with my brother and his friends – my love of bikes has not waned. Until recently my parents thought I was just a quick learner and my dad was mad when he found out he did not teach me this lifelong skill.
I love to have coffee in the morning – the stronger it is the more I like it. Coffee destination training rides in the spring with buddies are very special to me.
My favourite ride recovery drink is Guinness but really with all the microbreweries popping up any locally brewed beer will do after a long day in the saddle.
I’ve had a privileged life and my family has been so fortunate avoiding major health issues. 3 years ago a good friend was diagnosed with Malignant Myeloma which opened my eyes to cancer. I was shocked at the devastation this disease caused to his body while he underwent treatment. I had not been exposed to the life altering effects caused by cancer to my friend but also to his family and our relationship. Fortunately, he survived and has since thrived. I felt helpless watching but then was asked to get involved in charity bike rides to raise money for hospitals, research and then for facilities for families and kids undergoing cancer treatment. Riding a bicycle to raise money to fight cancer has become a means for me to help and I find children’s cancers more brutal than other terrible forms. The kids have had a profound impact on me.
Cancer is horrible. Children’s cancers are worse. Riding in the National Ride for Children’s Cancer is my way of helping with a solution; I’ll ride to raise money for cancer research so that one day we can have a cure for this brutal disease.