Ron Gallo - Why I Ride
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Welcome to my Personal Page! The British Columbia Ride to Conquer Cancer, presented by Silver Wheaton benefiting BC Cancer Foundation, is a two-day cycling journey through the beautiful Pacific region taking place in late August. The Ride is a challenge in a number of ways; but with my bike, my helmet and your generosity, a real impact will be made!
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A New Chapter
I have just completed my second BC Ride to Conquer Cancer and am very much interested in doing it all again in August 2017!
My first "Ride" was in 2015, not knowing what to expect I set out on a journey that I was sure I was physically prepared for. As it turns out I was, but I certainly didn't expect the hurricane gale force winds that ended up shutting down the first day just after lunch. My second ride was a lot less weather eventful with very good riding conditions lasting through both days.
In 2015 I rode approximately 260 kms when all was said and done and in 2016 I decided to ride the Challenge Route which puts an extra 40 kms on the overall distance ... all before lunch! I was able to ride this route very strong and came in to the lunch stop with a number of my teammates there. As it turns out, I was able to finish the first day as the third Wheelin' Warrior in to camp. Day two was a good day as well with me finishing just after noon and with the event crew just finishing up the final setup. My 2016 total distance exceeded 320 kms as I rode back to pitstop four to be able to ride in to the finish with the team.
Although I very much enjoyed how I rode and thankfully didn't suffer any kind of setbacks along the way, the "Ride" isn't really about being on the bike for six plus hours each day pedaling out all those miles. The "Ride" is about what it can do for people, specially those that are currently battling with cancer and even those that don't know they are yet.
In 2016, almost 1700 riders raised a combined total of $7.1 million for cancer research and treatment in the Province of British Columbia. The BC Cancer Foundation has been doing phenomenal work throughout the province and with the monies raised continues to do so leading the way to many ground breaking discoveries and innovative treatments.
With the help of my family and friends, my fundraising contributions totaled $3841 and my two year total is now at $6731 ... I would like to see my three year total surpass the $10,000 mark. I think that is very possible and look forward to coming up with creative fundraising ideas to achieve this goal.
As for the ride itself, I do like to be able to get on my bike and ride! Being able to cross the finish line safely is of course on the top of my list, but doing it faster than before is obviously the goal. I will be training throughout the fall, winter, spring and summer to be ready for August 26th and 27th 2017.
by Ron Gallo on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:37 PM
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