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Thde Enbrudge Ride To Conquer Cancer, DAD.....I DID IT!!!!!

Old 06-11-12, 08:14 AM
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Thde Enbrudge Ride To Conquer Cancer, DAD.....I DID IT!!!!!

Well....this past weekend, I rode in the 2 day, 200 (or as it turned out 225) KM Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer. This was something I had been training and fundraising for since November and it finally happened. This was, without a doubt, the most difficult thing I have ever done.

Day 1, Saturday, was a 118KM slogfest, through the rain and winds of Toronto and the surrounding area down to Hamilton. The weather cleared for the start but the skies opened about 25 KM in, which generally sucked, but you can't do anything about the weather so we (I) just noodled on to camp in Mohawk College, where, of course, the sun was shining....best thing about camp?......free beer and free MASSAGES!!! My (now confirmed) out of shape, 51 year old carcass really needed both of them. The hot showers came in a very close second...the tents......lets just say that, if I do this ride next year, I will be going back home to sleep for the night (I live 15 mins away).

Day 2, Sunday, body very sore as I got up....shower...breakfast....team photo (which I missed since they took it earlier than thay said the night before....I have serious issues with my "team")....then on to the road. This was a 107 KM ride through bright sunshine and scorching heat....plenty of water and gatordae was had (I think I drank 8 bottles). The countryside was beautiful and the terrain was rolling...some fun....some not so fun (I am no one's climber). I do like descending though . After 6+ hours out, I saw the skyline of Niagara Falls and knew I had made it (about 7KM to go at this point). I turned right on to the home stretch along the Niagara River and headed down about a 2KM shallow false flat descent to the finish line. Riding through the crowds at the finish line (AND hearing my name announced) and then seeing my girlfriend waiting for me brought out every bit of emotion I had in me...what an awesome experience (I rarely use the word "awesome" as I feel it is grossly overused). As I walked up to my team's tent, I found out that they had closed up and put away everything (with the exception of some rolls, lettuce, tomatoes and some bananas, which is all that was left after the faster riders finished and ravaged all of the food. I was disappointed and hungry. The team maniager's son somewhat saved the day by giving me a magnum of champagne, which is now sitting in my fridge. Our team had 240 members and I know about 2 dozen finished behind me, and this made me feel like an outsider. I would like to have celebrated with the team.....not the best impression to leave a new member with. I doubt I will ride with them next year, if I ride.

In spite of that, the ride was the most wonderful cycling experience I have ever had, and the most fun I have ever had hurting myself.

To all of you guys who helped me out with your donations and well wishes, thank you just does not say how I truly feel. I could not have done this without you (tears in my eyes as I type this). To feel such a way towards people I have never met, overwhelms me. You are very special people and I TRULY appreciate what you have done....thank youi again!!!

Finally...to my dad, and my hero, in memory of whom (as well as the 11 other family and friends I have lost to cancer) I did this ride.......DAD......... I DID IT!!!!
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Congratulations on your achievement, in spite of your team support. Sounds like you did your dad proud.
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Good stuff.
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Congrats bro!! Keep It up! Now, you might want to try rando events, ultra endurance rocks!
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Congrats! Mine's this coming weekend.

Good going on doing the tent thing. I'm "only" 47, but too old for tents, so like last year, I'm hoteling it with my family.

You should definitely ride next year, even if with a different team. Our team is one of the biggest for the ride here, with 105 or so riders. What we do is wait for all team members at the last rest stop - about 20km from the finish - and we cross the finish line as a group.
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Awesome!
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Good stuff and congrats. I am doing the Quebec ride on July 7-8. I agree you should ride again next year the experience is awesome.
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Congrats, man. Nice riding.
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This post is full of awesome! CONGRATS!!!!!
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very nicely done man!! Congratulations!!
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Originally Posted by mpath View Post
Congrats! Mine's this coming weekend.

Good going on doing the tent thing. I'm "only" 47, but too old for tents, so like last year, I'm hoteling it with my family.

You should definitely ride next year, even if with a different team. Our team is one of the biggest for the ride here, with 105 or so riders. What we do is wait for all team members at the last rest stop - about 20km from the finish - and we cross the finish line as a group.
Thanks. I thought it was wrong for the team to just disappear after their ride was over. The faster riders got in in 3 1/2 hours (at around 11:15). I came in around 3PM (there were many more team riders still out on the road too) and the crew was already cleaning up and told me "You are welcome to help yourself to what's left." I felt like, "Jeez, you guys asked me to join your team and this is the way the finish goes?" I was upset, they took the team photo early so as I was walking up the hill to join the group, the flash went off and the team came walking down the hill. If I wanted to be a solo rider, I would not have joined them. I will not be riding with them next year, although most of the team were really cool folks. If any of the team captains asks me how I liked the ride, I will surely tell them. I hate sounding like a whiner but I was really looking forward to being part of a team but this was a huge letdown....other than that, the ride itself was everything I expected and more. It was a truly wonderful weekend.

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Yeah, that's not cool what the team did. Just chalk one up as a huge personal achievement in honour of your dad. And start looking for a team - maybe a smaller one - that acts like a team. Even at a shade over 100 members in my team, I barely know half of them.
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Congratulations on honoring your Dad, Brian. I know you worked so hard to raise the funds and to promote the ride. The team stuff sucks, big-time, and Karma will get them eventually. Find a deserving team next year that will appreciate how hard you work. I'll P.M. you later to talk. Ride safe, my friend.
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Congrats on the ride. Amazing behaviour of the 'team'.
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Thanks guys. I really am bummed by the team's behaviour. I suppose one of the "problems" was that the team was based out of Niagara Falls (about an hour from me) and they all (well 90% of them) worked for the same company, at least that is what I am telling myself to feel better. They would have their team training rides out of their parking lot in Niagara Falls at 3PN on Friday afternoons. Now, I work and we do close at 3 here in my office BUT, I still have to travel to Niagara Falls, and on a Friday here, that is a 1 1/2hr trip at that time of day, so I got shut out of all of those. They did have training rides in Toronro (a bit closer) and in Mississauga....much closer, but of course. I was never notified of them by the captains...well not quite...I was told about 2 of them, to be fair. Anyway....live and learn I suppose. At 51 years old, I will not let something like that ruin what, otherwise, was a terrific experience.

I do know that I do not want to get on a bicycle for a month

You guys rock!

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Great achievement - congratulations.

I hope you choose a better team when you do it again next year.

(I'm doing a charity 24-hour ride in late August. I don't expect it to be easy, as I'm planning to go as fast as I can, and not sleep. Nutrition and hydration will be key.)
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Congratulations! Not only are you an inspiration, but a GREAT person/son too! You should be proud!
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Oh that's what that was. I was using the roads that were closed off for just you guys, it was nice haha. People kept cheering me on saying I'm almost done.
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congrats man.
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Congratulations. That's some great effort.
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It was, without a doubt, the single toughest thing I have ever done. I thought I had trained enough, but now I know better. Springs here are unpredictable at best so the roads are often icy and I can only ride early AMs due to work when the days are short. I will have to start my training this summer to build for next year. I am leaning towards do ing the ride again. It really was a blast and I can't think of a better way to spend time on my bike than raising money for cancer research. I even have a nice jersey and a new team kit to remember the experience by.
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Oh that's what that was. I was using the roads that were closed off for just you guys, it was nice haha. People kept cheering me on saying I'm almost done.
I saw a lo of cyclists out on those same roads, going in the other direction. To every one I saw I yelled "HEY!!! YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!"
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I am leaning towards do ing the ride again. It really was a blast and I can't think of a better way to spend time on my bike than raising money for cancer research. I even have a nice jersey and a new team kit to remember the experience by.
Having just completed my first big fundraising ride, I agree that they can become addicting. Congratulations on a successful ride & best of luck with your next one(s)!

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Great job, Brian. It's really a fantistac feeling when you cross the finish line, especially if it's a back to back charity ride. When I did my first MS 150, I called everyone in my family to let them know I crossed the finish line. You should be very proud of yourself.
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Awesome job!

You should be very proud of yourself and don't let that team experience discourage you for next year. I did the first ever ride they hosted and know how great it feels to be part of something very special. The number of super people you meet over the two days is something else.

If you are looking for an friendly event to keep your cycling going, look up Tour de Norfolk which is in July. Lots of distances for you to choose from. If you go, look for the guy on the BMC Racemaster (SLX01), that will be me.
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