My beautiful daughter died from CF in March 2010 and I am riding in GearUp4CF this year in her memory.

Eva was a fighter and inspiration to all that knew her. In 2008 I rode in GearUp4CF to celebrate her successful recovery from a double lung transplant that allowed Eva to once again live her life to the fullest. Only months after the surgery, she joined the team in Invermere, painting our faces and cheering us on with her pom-poms in her self-appointed role as chief cheerleader.

This year I will be 65 years old on the ride. That is why I am calling this ride 65 for65Roses; partly because of my age, partly because 65 Roses is a malapropism of Cystic Fibrosis, partly because my daughter’s blog was called 65 RedRoses, and also because I hope to reach the very lofty goal of raising $65,000.

Training to ride for 1200 km over multiple mountain passes to Banff will be very difficult; raising these funds will be just as much of a challenge. Here is where I need your help. Please donate to my ride and help contribute to Eva’s legacy to raise critical funds for CF research and awareness.

Saturday 8 March 2014

Vancouver wet weather blues

The past two weekends have been miserable for this aspiring trainee. Yes, I could have cycled last Saturday, several of my Velovet members and Joan Swain braved the 3 degree weather before the rain started, but cycling at below 5 Celsius is not one of my favourite activities. So I opted to train on skinny skis instead and on both Saturday and Sunday managed excellent workouts at the Hollyburn cross country trails at Cypress Mountain. Today was even more dismal. Too wet to cycle and too warm to ski. Nothing to do but head into the basement and put in an hour long pull on the Keiser spin bike. Maybe tomorrow the skies will part and the sun come out.


  1. Once upon a time I told someone that they can't all be sunny days....but when that sun comes out, its going to be glorious!
    If you find yourself needing recovery or release from your training I know work at a kinesiology clinic who specialize in helping athletes reach their best possible performance-just ask if you need anything.

    1. The days are getting sunnier and longer now that we have Daylight Saving time and I hope to go out for a short ride tonight (still not enough daylight to go much longer than 7 pm).

  2. If you need any help, any volunteers, whatever, I'm available to help!!

    Darvy Culleton. CF. Double Lung Recipient.

  3. Darvy- Thanks for your offer. I will pass it along to the CF chapter as my daughter works there and they are always looking for volunteers.