Rule #9 was invoked early on Sunday at the Spin For Limbs 3rd Annual Ride and Festival. It absolutely chucked it down for the 8am start of the 100km ride. BCC should now be known as Badass Cycling Club, as despite the atrocious weather, Jim, Keld, Andre and Lucas, peeled their-good-selves out of bed to join me on a morning where it would have been easy to look out the window, roll over, and go back to sleep. Bernadette, Suzanne, Nils and his 10 year old son Laurits also attended to ride the 50km and 25km rides which started later.
The long ride took place on a beautiful single 100km loop north through the Halton hills from Hidden Valley Park in Burlington. At about 15km in a mechanical stopped proceedings for about 20 minutes as failed attempts at repairing the puncture tested the patience of all 18 riders who stood patiently in the storm waiting to resume the ride. This was one of those days where determination and commitment to a cause were rewarded, as against all odds, at 9.30am the sun came out, and it turned in to a spectacular day! So the first 25km was soon forgotten as the latter 75km was ridden in the kind of conditions we dream about. The 20 riders who turned up to take on the 50km route really got the luck of the draw as just as their ride was starting the sun came out and rain jackets were discarded in favour of sunglasses and jerseys.
About 150 people turned up to great the returning riders who enjoyed live music, fire eating, massages, pumpkin painting, face painting, tattoos, a monster bbq, raffle and a silent auction back at Hidden Valley.
Families with children undergoing complex limb reconstructions got to meet each other and share stories. Bike riders from Neworld (Burlington) Morning Glory (MGCC) and BCC got to chat and try to outbid each other on the cycling heavy silent auction with lots of LG goodies to bid for! Surgeons, physios, and their teams from SickKids enjoyed taking time out to enjoy meeting their patients in an informal atmosphere whilst helping to raise a huge sum of money for families in need. It was one of those feel good events where everyone had a smile on their face.
A huge event for me this year was that two of our patients who have had limb reconstruction surgery got on their bikes and rode with us, and managed 50km and 25km respectively. It is fabulous that cycling has provided such a focus for a fundraising event, but also given the opportunity and inspiration for those it was intended to help to join in and give back. I truly hope that the younger children we treat are similarly inspired to see that they too can get on a bike and ride with us one day.
We raised $25,000 for Spin For Limbs this year making our grand total of $78,000 over the last three years, which is a huge achievement that will go directly to helping local children get the care that they need to get them walking, and getting on with what you and i consider to be the normal activities of daily living, but for these children are a huge challenge. I am humbled by the generous donations that many BCCers have given to Spin For Limbs, and similarly that every year more BCCers come down and enjoy the ride. You can be sure that Spin For Limbs now has significant momentum, and we will be back for more of the same next year, and i look forward to welcoming some more of you to join us.