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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It's A Ride Not A Race
I have to admit that I chuckle to myself every time I hear that line. It is true that the British Columbia Ride to Conquer is a ride and not a race. I chuckle because we're talking a 250 kms bike ride over the course of two days. There are hills, corners, detours and straight stretches that will test every cyclists abilities.
When I embarked on my first ride, my adrenaline was pumping and I wanted to get going so bad. That was the year of the "hurricane" winds on day one. I remember feeling like I wasn't even moving against the wind; perhaps the most bizarre feeling was that the hills were easier then the straight stretches because those hills were actually sheltering me from the winds.
I took on the challenge of being ready for this ride with great vigor. You see I had only just learned that I liked the bike earlier in the summer. Prior to this challenge, my challenges included hiking and before that just walking as a means to reverse what a sedentary lifestyle had done to me. I knew I was fortunate that I hadn't developed any heath issues and am thankful every day that I can say this to myself or anyone else who will listen. If you're listening, my only advice is to be active and check what you are eating on a regular bases.
That first year I rode, I realized that I loved cycling and since then have looked forward to this summer ritual. I also learned that I do have a little bit of a competitive streak in me. I want to be a faster, stronger rider and get those PRs from besting my previous times. So for me, any time I get on a bike it is a race and that is why I chuckle when I hear that this is a ride and not a race.
In an attempt to quell the competitive beast inside me, I rode the Gran Fondo Badlands in 2016 and again in 2017. I can tell you right now that I am going to do the Challenge Route in this event again this year for two reasons. The first is because I want to see faster times on the route and the other is kind of related because I won't have another opportunity to ride this same route. In 2018, the British Columbia Ride to Conquer Cancer will no longer cross in to the United States but is set to be contained within the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley. I won't say much more about that as that is something best left to the organizers to further disclose.
Again this year hundreds if not thousands of riders will start out from the Cloverdale Fairgrounds working their way to the Peace Arch Border Crossing and then through Washington State to Mount Vernon. That's just the first day, the second day will continue on the southerly route ending up in Marymoor Park in Redmond, Washington. This ride truely is a scenic one with the Classic Route winding its way along some of the Coastal communities while the Challenge Route goes through little hillier farmland areas.
With that many cyclists on the road of all shapes, sizes and abilities, that is why this is a ride and not a race. There will be cancer survivors riding, there will be some very emotional participants as well who are riding in memory of loved ones. There will be a whole host of other riders that are riding to prove something to themselves as I did in my first year back in 2015. There will also be those that can and will ride fast ... but it is a ride not a race. Unless the real race is to conquer cancer in our lifetime.
by Ron Gallo on Wed, Jul 05, 2017 @ 5:50 PM
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