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I like to ride my bicycle, I like to ride my bike…

I’ve been riding my bike a fair amount over the last few years.  It’s a hybrid and very comfortable for longer rides, many of which are over 50km.  When I was a kid, my brother and I had 5 spoke BMX bikes; mine was yellow, his was red!  We spent hours building jumps, stacks of firewood on the gravel road, driving off ledges, balancing along logs and generally trying to do whatever we could do get our bikes in the air.  I’m sure Mum and Dad would have been horrified to know how crazy we got with our adventures.

For anyone who enjoys bike riding and has memories like I do, take five minutes and watch this video.  It is absolutely amazing what this guy can do with his bike.  It’s a great clip with good scenery and some nice music.  Click here and enjoy!

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Well, we’re off and riding. This year, Josée and I are entering the Ride to Conquer Cancer as TEAM FLIP FLOP SHOPS. Last year, we went in as individuals but this year we’ve cobbled together a team of friends, from soccer and hockey buddies to high school chums to family members! Right now we are sitting at seven members on our team and we’re looking for a few more. If interested, please click here to send us a note.

Last year, we managed to raise about $7000 and we thank those who supported us.  Our goals are more lofty this year and to help reach them we have a few events planned.  First off will be our 2nd Annual Trivia Tournament (time, date TBD) which will probably be in March.  Last year, we had fun at the tourney but I used the old version of Trivia so the questions were dated and too hard!  I will be revamping the question system this year, I promise!

We’ll have a few other events leading up the ride, which is June 18th and 19th from Vancouver to Seattle, about 260km.  For more information on the ride itself, please click here.  To view our respective mini-websites, please click Ben or Josée.

Thanks again for your support and encouragement and check back often for updates!

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Ride to Conquer Cancer 2011

Last June, Josée and I, along with about 2500 other riders, participated in the BC Cancer Society’s Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 260km bike ride from Surrey (Vancouver) to Redmond (just east of Seattle).  It was a tremendously inspiring experience.  With the unbelievable support of our family and friends and some of my clients, we managed to raise around $7500.

So, that said, we are planning to do the ride again in June 2011.  This time, we are forming a team, perhaps 6-10 eager riders.  You don’t have to be a bike racer or an ironman; as long as you are keen, you can complete the ride!  Most of the riders last year were upwards of 50 with many in their 60s and 70s.  It is not a race so there is no pressure to perform; lots of rest stops and beautiful scenery help the miles to roll by.  Don’t think about why you can’t do it; think about why you can.  We’re going to form our team over the next few weeks then we’ll hold a few fund-raising events and work out on some training rides.

For some video of the 2010 event, please click here.  If you’re interested in joining our team and completing this great challenge, plus send one of us an email or give us a call.  I know you will enjoy the whole event – we certainly did!

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Multi-media highlights…

Well, the final tallies are in.  We managed to raise $7275.00 for cancer research in BC.  Thanks again to those who supported us, both financially and emotionally.  We have already signed up for the 2011 ride so if you are interested in joining our team, send me an email here.  For those of you following our efforts regarding the Ride to Conquer Cancer, here are some links to photos and a YouTube video…enjoy!

Click here for hundreds of photos of the ride.

Click here for various news stories of the ride.

Click here for the Day 1 route map; click here for the Day 2 route map.  (These are links from another rider but shows some interesting information)

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And we’re off…

Well, by the time you read this, we (hopefully) will be on the ferry, heading toward Vancouver.  Our first step is to find the bike check in location, somewhere around Guildford Mall in Surrey.  Once located, we’ll drop off our bikes, providing they pass muster!  We have a few ID tags with names and numbers that must be displayed on the bikes at all times.  I’m hoping the tags have GPS markers in them to locate me as a I crawl bloodied and exhausted into a ditch around kilometre 87.

Check-in complete, we’ll visit MEC as we can always find something we need.  We’re up at 5am Saturday morning so Friday night should consist of a massive plate of pasta followed as much rest as is humanly possible.  The opening ceremonies are around 7am Saturday morning and we’ve been told we should be on the road by about 8am.  Our lunch stop (assuming I (a) am allowed across the border and (b) actually make it to the rest station) is around kilometre 60 or so.  I’ve been informed we can stop for as long as we like, provided we finish the remaining 40km before 7pm, as a sweep vehicle will pick up stragglers at that time.

With the first 100km under our belts (er..spandex cycling shorts – illegal in most jurisdictions for a late 30s male carrying an extra 20lbs), our pit stop for the night is in Mt. Vernon, Washington, where a tent city has been set up in one of the downtown parks.  We are provided a meal followed by entertainment if one is so inclined.  I can say with certainty I will participate in the meal; the entertainment…hmmm, well, I feel I shall be in the land of Nod at an early hour.

Sunday we are up with the birds, with a 100km route mapped out from Mt. Vernon to Redmond.  I hope they tell us where to stop because I just might have enough energy to hit Eureka, Oregon.  Maybe a short detour to Boeing might be in order; I think the mother ship is based in Redmond.  Anyway, upon successful completion of the ride, we catch a 6pm shuttle back to Vancouver where we hotel it again (yes, with ferries and hotels it is turning into an expensive charity ride!) Sunday night, back to Comox Monday morning.

Well, that is the update for now.  I daresay I will write more on Monday although I may be incoherent due to the overdose of painkillers and ibuprofen I most certainly will require!

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A little inspiration…

Over the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to a few people who are a little unsure of what the Ride to Conquer Cancer consists.  If you’re unsure, please take two minutes to view the clip below; it should give you better understanding of what we are attempting to do.

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It’s so trivial…

Well, we’re about six weeks away from the big ride!  To help raise funds, we’re planning to host a Trivia Night.  If you’re interested, please click the poll below just so we have ideas of numbers.  We’re looking at a Friday or Saturday night, toward the end of May and don’t worry, we’ve already factored in the Canucks hockey schedule.  If you have any comments on dates that work better for you or ideas about who you might bring, please post a comment at the bottom of this post (or email us here) and we’ll take it into consideration.  Stay tuned for more details!

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Join our team…

Well, we’re about two weeks into our fund-raising campaign and have reached around 13% of our target.  Thanks very much to those of you who’ve donated; please spread the word as every little bit helps!  I’ll have a more formal update on Friday.

For those of you who are biking enthusiasts, consider joining our team.  If you are a riding enthusiast anyway, you might as well do it for a good cause as well!  For more information, please give me a call at home or send me an email (check the contact us section).

Thanks…more updates to follow.

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The Power of Social Media

Most of us have email accounts.  Many of us use social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.  Some of us run websites and blogs.  It’s for events such as the Ride to Conquer Cancer that these software systems have such huge potential.  We can tap into a vast network of contact and friends.  Remember the old commercials –  “and she tells 2 friends, and they tell 2 friends!”

You can help us reach our fund-raising target of $10,000 by adding to your existing social media sites.  For more information, please visit the BC Cancer Society’s social media centre by clicking here.  A few clicks might result in more bucks for cancer research!  Please remember to direct your friends to our site in order that they can make their donations!  Thanks again for your support!

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Spread the word – cancer can be beaten!

Well, we’re ready to roll. The Ride to Conquer Cancer takes place in mid-June, around the farming communities outside the lower mainland. It’s two days and covers around 200km. We have a target (to start) of $10,000 that we want to raise. Last year, the ride raised about $9 million in BC.

If you want to look at my fundraising page, please click here.  You can make donations directly online and receive your contribution receipt via email.  Josée will have her page up and running in the next couple of days. If you want to participate in the race and join our team, please email me and I’ll give you the team information.

I would also appreciate it if you could pass the word.  Please send people my blog address ( so they can sign up for updates and also (hopefully) make a donation of sorts.

Thanks in advance for your support and I’ll be in touch with more updates in short order.

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