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Newspaper bike, varnish will be applied to the frame tomorrow.
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Day 11 Brantford to Toronto
I couldn't sleep...I never have trouble sleeping but in this case I woke up often in anticipation of todays ride. Today I get to ride into Toronto to be greeted by my family.
At one of the stops we arrived to a hero's welcome at Square One we were honoured by a young cancer survivor named Aiden. He gave a great speech offering props and encouragement to all members of the SNKCR crew. Words like "cool" and "awesome" was mentioned several times during his speech. Simple as those words were it really was a motivational speech from a young man that lectured an audience of at least 50-75 people.
We prepared our ride for Yonge & Dundas square. And were escorted by police, surrounded by numerous bikers all travelling in the same direction for the same cause. So caught up in the numerous police motorcycles that I barely realized the route we were taking. We were travelling across Lakeshore roasd middle lane, without a car in sight. Like kids we screamed and yelled to listen to the sounds of echoes as we rode under the Gardner tunnels approaching Yonge street. Slowly, so painfully slowly...or so it seemed...we got closer to our destination. Car honking, cow bells rining, signs waiving and hands clapping was what I was able to interpret while riding a bike across an imaginary finish line.
We quickly came off our bikes and reached out for each other in various hugs only to let go to embrace another rider close by. Embraces soon transformed into tears and kisses as some of us were fortunate to find our love ones who were waiting for our arrival. I found it difficult to find my wife and kids in the crowd but eventually I felt a tug on my hand by a young boy asking if I would like a taste of his cold soda pop. "Aiden" I said while bending down to give him a hug. My other son Ethan appeared as if out of no where...It was so matter of fact...as if they were beside me all along. My wife however made her own entrance. "Where is mom?" I asked. As if on queue, in the same direction of my son's out stretched fingers, the crowd seemed to separate to display a beautiful woman holding cameras in one hand, drinks that no doubt belonged to one of my son in the other hand and her normal classic smile that I've grown to love since high school and missed over the last few days. I held her and whispered a few items in her ears not exactly remembering what I said but hoping that it was something appropriate or worthy to demonstrate my appreciation of her managing the household while I've been biking across Canada.
To close the night we heard a great story from cancer survivor, who shared her own experiences. In spite of having her leg amputated from the knee down she outlined great strides in survival rates for patients stricken with Cancer. I know as riders representing SNKCR, the funds/awareness raised had a role to play for those achievements.
"Great day all around" I thought as I crawled into bed before falling asleep with the wife and kids strategically placed on our bed. by that I mean my son's legs laid jabbing me in my back..."good to be home"
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Road bike mechanics, bike tinker, love cycling and house music. My passion for the sport is always as strong as in my beginnings in the peewee category. It continues to grow each year on the road and on the track. I’m ready and I am determined to make all the efforts necessary to improve and to achieve my goals. Since my first pedal strokes of competition at the age of ten, I have been a member of various prestigious teams, for example; the first, Seldane-Radiomutuel in 1992 and 1993, then the team Excellence Sports Harvey' s in 1997 and 1998 and finally the Degree team radio energy in 1999. Moreover, I was a member of the American professional team Shaklee in 1999 as neo-pro in the G.P Cyclist of Beauce and the Tour of Toona. I took part in the goals of the Canadian team and the Quebec team, junior and senior in 1994, 1996 and 1997. Cycling has brought a lot to my social life or to my many unforgettable life experiences, by participating in two years of spring training and races in France ( Vendée) . I learned how to look after myself and to be autonomous, this enabled me to be a guide for spring camps in Virginia for Group Centrifuge during four years. In 2000 I would have raced for team Volkswagen West Coast but unfortunately I had a knees problems, which put a temporary hold on my racing career. I thus benefited from the occasion to become a fashion model for three years in Montreal. After, I had a health problem, which put me in the hospital for ten days. As they say that something positive comes out of something bad it was from that experience I decided to get back in shape and to be fit at the beginning of 2003, my health quickly returned, at that a point the taste of winning came back as did the performance. The challenge of competition returned at the beginning of 2004.
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Montréal, QC, Canada
road bike mechanics, bike tinker, love cycling and house music.
Love to change flat tire.