Why?

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.

Friday, 25 April 2014

Riding Season

This is the time of the year when riding starts to become fun. It's time to put away the booties, leave the winter gear in the closet, and stuff the rain jacket in the back pocket. The cherry blossoms are in bloom in the Lower Mainland and it's glorious to be riding on the open road. It's still not warm out but 13 degrees is a lot better than 5 degrees. On Good Friday Paul Underhill hosted a Ride for Life to support transplant and close to 60 riders cycled 102 kilometres through the gorgeous Saanich countryside. It's always great to ride with locals and I was lucky to be guided around by Peter Dickinson, a long time local rider with a strong cadence and a great Trek bike. I'm still a worker bee so it's only now that you can go out after work and get in a decent ride and be home before dark. I love spring.

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