today i got to ride with the pedal for hope team. these guys (and one woman rider) are all police officers as well as john druce the former nhl player who managed to work his way onto the team and really belongs there to be honest! they ride on their holidays - so three weeks - 1000 km and 53 schools!
the reason they ride is to raise money to help in the fight against cancer - especially pediatric cancer.
i lead my school in fundraising for the pedal for hope campaing and we worked for seven days
selling cupcakes, cookies, holding a raffle, hat day, stuffie day, jammie day, movie day, all sorts of stuff!
this is my second time working with the team and my first time riding with them.
it might seem strange but i barely slept the night before and couldn't eat breakfast.
the day started at st. catherines school and they were swamped with heads to be shaved (which is the really big fundraiser) so we got off to a fairly late start off to my school (otonabee valley). we had a police escort and rode in a loose echolon single-file. the pace was really nice - 30 to 45 km/h with one stretch downhill where i cracked 60+ km/h for the first time on a bike.
then we got to ride along the highway as the escort shut down a lane for us. that was extremely sweet as the road surface was smooth.
here are the bikes lined up outside my school.
and here's me and my buddy sgt. marc habgood having a little quality time.
we raised $2300 towards cancer research.