Well, the Ride to Conquer cancer is over, and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone on BCSB and the WMRC members who donated to the ride - every donation was much appreciated.
I raised just over $3,400 – and about one third of that total came from the motorcycle riding and racing community. Thanks to all those who purchased racing photos, or simply donated cash. My team of 10 raised over $41,000 – exceeding our team goal of $32,000.
I think I will end up with over 60 folks who donated to the ride, and I would like to thank everyone that donated so generously.
I would like to especially thank Nancy (Squire on BCSB) for promoting my photos at her Pitt Meadows Track Days and helping me raise many, many hundreds of dollars… and she made the key donation that put me over the $2,500 mark. I cannot thank Nancy enough! Although I cannot mention everyone who donated, I would also like to thank Bill (Fastn50), Bjorn (Jeckyll), Juha (you guessed it, Juha), Jeff ( JViffer) and Stan (RiceRocket) for their very generous donations.
The ride itself is an amazing experience – inspirational, educational and very emotional. Watching over 1700 riders leave Guilford knowing each rider has raised at least $2,500 is phenomenal (nearly $7,000,000 total raised) – and the shared experience and camaraderie among total strangers was epic! Everyone had a personal reason for riding - many were doing it for a family member or loved one who has beaten cancer, riding for a friend or loved one who is dealing with cancer... or they were touched by someone who lost the battle.
The route was very well planned and organizing that went into the ride is mind-boggling… everything was perfect! We missed the hail (some riders behind us got a little rain and hail) and I only saw 2 or 3 minutes of light rain all weekend – perfect riding weather, not too hot and mostly dry. Met some good riders and had a couple of very nice and long 35 to 40 kph pace lines flying through the scenic countryside in very close formation at different times, with total strangers - kind of line a BCSB group ride
Of course, I have already signed up for 2010, so I will continue with my fundraising efforts – towards next year.
There were amazing experiences and lots of laughs all weekend – and I took no pictures at all… but a couple of my teammates had their cameras at all times.
Me pedalling my fat ass through White Rock:
Nothing like pedalling through the NEXUS lane on your road bike while most of the 1,700 others waited in line:
If you thought riding a bike to Seattle is hard, try it on a unicycle – Todd made it just fine – absolutely amazing!
The long road ahead – heading towards a cure to cancer:
Thanks everyone for the support!