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Conquering Cancer Swimmingly

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The second Ride to Conquer Cancer of 2012 is now complete. This past weekend more than 3000 riders hit the road aboard their self-powered bikes in a massive fundraising effort benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The participants of the BC ride raised an astounding $11.2 Million dollars this year alone!

I have personally been present at all 4 of the BC Enbridge Ride To Conquer Cancer events. through these events I have seen rain, hail, sun, cloud, fog and nearly any other weather pattern that you can think of. We have been lucky to avoid snow as of so far though. 2012 was the worst one yet. While there have been stints of rain in the past this year it was a torrential downpour. There were times when it let off but it was overall, VERY wet.

Despite the miserable conditions the riders persevered and worked their way through the course counting down the kms to the finish line in Seattle Washington. Through two days of following the ride in a tech support capacity our crew managed to muster up the following numbers.

 

900 Bikes Repaired

450 Tubes Replaced

50 Tires Replaced

75 Broken Spokes

20 Sets of Brake Pads Replaced

10 Broken Chains

8 Wheels Replaced

1 Broken Frame

A Ton of other things that I have already forgot.

 

And without further adieu, here are a gaggle of photos from the weekend.

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The Ride To Conquer Cancer – Vancouver To Seattle

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The BC Ride To Conquer Cancer is a 2 Day, 220km ride from Vancouver BC to Seattle Washington. For 2011, more than 2800 riders raised in excess of $11.1 Million. WOW!

With work, I took on the challenge of keeping all of these bikes in working order for the duration. Offering free tech support to the onslaught of cyclists I do not want to see another flat tire for some time. With countless flats, bent wheels, mis-aligned derailleurs, missing pedal cleats, etc. etc. etc. I am happy it is over but I had a lot of fun at the event.

Next weekend I am doing the same thing all over again in Calgary. I will update on that one in a week or so.

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and a video.

The 2011 Seattle Bike Expo

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This past weekend was the Seattle bike expo at Pier 91 of the Seattle Cruise Ship Terminal. With the Lycra Clad at hand and ridiculous ensembles at a maximum I was there. Worrying that the extreme nature of the people of Seattle may in fact crack the lens of my camera I stuck to the more amusing aspects of the show. Namely the Ryan Leech Trials Demo. I snuck in a shot of the Artistic Cycling Team as well for good measure

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and just for fun…

A Bridge over Not-So-Troubled-Waters

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The Ride To Conquer Cancer

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Sunburst through the glass

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Another beautiful day in Seattle

Shipping it to the Baker.

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Excuse the pun… This is a ship in Port Seattle and Mt Baker leering in the distance

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