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The finish line RTCC 2011

January 14, 2012

This was the ultimate Ride. So many thank you’s have to go to the hundreds of fabulous volunteers who stood in the rain to direct us along the back roads, fed us, provided medical care and good cheer, and who worked for months to make the Ride happen. The many bystanders cheering along the route gave us strength. Riders cheered on riders, shouting “way to go” and adding the rider’s name from the sign on their bike, reserving a special cheer for those riding with the yellow flags.

Each rider worked hard to raise a minimum of $2500. Each rider trained for months to meet a strenuous physical test. Each rider battled through adversity on the days of the Ride to reach the ultimate goal. Each rider rode in memory for people they loved and lost, or in support for people fighting the big fight. And each rider had a battalion of supporters behind them that made it all possible.

Together riders, friends and family raised a grand total of $11.1 million for the BC Cancer Foundation in support of research and patient care.

For me the Ride to Conquer Cancer was an experience of a lifetime. I am not doing the Ride this year but I often think of it, especially when I see a rider hunkered down against the January wind and rain, lost in his or her personal mission. This year riders have two choices of rides. One is the 240 km Classic Route. New this year, is a challenging 320 km ride. A part of me wishes I had signed up again. Instead, this year I’ll be one of those standing on the roadside directing and cheering all the rest of you on.

Here’s wishing you 2012 Ride to Conquer Cancer riders all the best for an awesome ride!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2012 2:47 pm

    Thanks for a very inspiring tale and a reminder of the personal discipline and public co-operation needed to take this to the finish line, literally!

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