The inaugural bike ride that I participated this June 21-22nd weekend to raise funds for Princess Margaret Hospital was a tremendous success! It was a thrilling experience to be part of so many people all going for a common goal – to help find a cure to fight cancer and to remember and honour all those loved ones who succumbed to this disease.
The two-day bike ride of more than 200-km (I had a reading of 213-km on my bike) from Toronto to Niagara Falls was also a mental and physical challenge to each one of us. Despite the fact that we rode through many hills and valleys, flat, smooth and rough roads and through cold, heat, rain, and wind (which at times never seem to stop), the terrain and elements didn’t extinguish the enthusiasm and spirits of the 2,850 riders who participated on the ride and raised $14 million for cancer research!
The last 5-km gave me the most overwhelming feeling as the end was near at hand. Nothing gave me more chills than crossing the Finish Line – to hear the roaring cheer of the anticipating crowd of families and friends welcoming us from our memorable trek. It is a parallel scene when one day after all the research, challenges, and efforts, finding the cure will be like crossing that finish line and an even bigger jubilation will take place. A big thank you go out to the organizers of the event, to the sponsors, numerous support crews and volunteers and to everyone involved in the event. Read more details here. Also see pictures from the event by clicking here.
Why I did the Ride to Conquer Cancer?