The second Ride to Conquer Cancer of 2012 was another great success. Traveling from Vancouver BC to Seattle WA over 3000 riders collectively raised more than $11.2 Million. This sum of money is given to the BC Cancer Foundation in the search for a cure for Cancer. Through wind, rain, hills and flat tires these brave riders weathered the storm and fought through to the finish line. Everyone that participated in the ride did an amazing job. The physical, mental and emotional struggle of doing this 200+ km ride can be enough to work anyone to the breaking point. Despite the struggle, the feeling of crossing that finish line for friends, family and loved ones that have been affected by cancer, makes it all worthwhile
Norco had a team of ten riders participating in the BC ride and together they raised nearly $40,000. The Norco team had a broad range of cyclists riding. From relatively green to veterans of the sport the comradery and support between team members was truly inspirational.
One of many aspects that are remarkable about this event is the sheer number of bikes. More than 3000 riders means the same number of bikes. Bikes that need to be stored overnight and kept in working order for the entirety of the ride. While 240kms is a long way for one, between all these riders combined they rode nearly 800,000kms; that is literally the distance to the moon and back.
Keeping a fleet of 3000 bikes running smoothly is no easy task. With Help from Obsession Bikes, Jamis, Van Cycle, Skiis & Bikes and La Bicycletta the bikes were tuned, dialed and ready to keep pedaling towards the finish line.
Over the two days of fixing bikes the mechanics replaced around 500 tubes, 50 tires, 10 wheels, 20 sets of brake pads, 100 broken spokes and conducted countless other fixes repairs and adjustments. Thank you very much to all of the mechanics that helped the riders roll smoothly across the finish line. The team of wrenches finished up for the night at camp just before 10pm. They was back at it though before the rooster sounded at 6AM Sunday morning.
The true heroes here are the riders. They each have their own story on why they are riding and why they are pushing onwards. It is the power of one and the sum of the collective that makes a difference in searching for a cure for Cancer. Thank you to the riders, the mechanics, the volunteers and the organizers for making this such a huge success. Together we can fight and find a cure for a disease that has touched nearly everyone in every corner of our world.