Rider Stories

Our amazing GCC community is made up of riders from all across Canada, all with different levels of experience and lifestyles.

Meet some of our riders to get some tips and see how they achieved their ride goal!

Anson, Saskatchewan

2019 Stats: $3,150 Raised, 517km Ridden

What was your ride goal?
500km. It just sounded right based on my fitness and riding habits. I wanted to push myself but also set a distance that was realistic to achieve.

How often did you ride?
I cycled to work and from work when I could (24 km round trip), but otherwise I mostly rode in the evenings after work, or on weekends.

I rode almost every day at the start of the challenge. The weather was nice, and I wanted to put in the kms to show my sponsors that I was committed to the challenge. Once I knew I was going to make my goal, I rode 2 – 3 times a week.

How easy or hard did you find the challenge?
It wasn’t easy and it did take a lot of dedication to complete the challenge. I wasn’t new to cycling but I hadn’t done much riding in the last few years. 500 km is still 500 km no matter how you look at it. The challenge definitely kick-started my summer cycling!

What do you enjoy most about the challenge?
Raising money for sick kids in need... that’s just a given. It was my first time riding in this challenge so it also was a great experience seeing all the other riders posting on Facebook about their adventures, whether they were new to cycling, or experienced riders.

Also, I was amazed at all of my sponsors and how much they donated to my page. My original fundraising goal was $500 and I topped out at over $3000. It was just awesome seeing their support.

Owen, Ontario

2019 Stats: $7,125 Raised, 251km Ridden

What was your ride goal?
250km. I started with a 100 km goal in 2016, and every year since I’ve raised it a little to push myself.

How often did you ride?
I rode in the evening during the week (whenever I had free time), and then on the weekends I would do longer rides with my Mom.

How easy or hard did you find the challenge?
In 2019 I did some of my longest rides EVER… so it was challenging at times, but rewarding in the end when I think about how far I’ve come.

What do you enjoy most about the challenge?
I really enjoy riding for other kids and knowing that I’m helping them!

Paddy, British Columbia

2019 Stats: $600 Raised, 1,090km Ridden

What was your ride goal?
Initially I set my ride goal at 300 km, and my fundraising goal at $300. When I reached $300, I put it out there that if I raised $500, I would up my ride goal to 500 km. My brothers quickly got me to $500, so I was obliged to put my km goal up to 500km. But I ended up riding over 1,000 km!

How often did you ride?
I rode to work daily and rode on weekends as well… I ended up riding 28 out of the 30 days in June. I basically parked my car for the month.

How easy or hard did you find the challenge?
I found the challenge easy. I love riding and we had great weather, so I was able to get out on my bike almost daily. The challenge also inspired me to ride more.

What do you enjoy most about the challenge?
Getting back into the habit of riding again. Between Oct 2018 and June 2019, I lost 36kg and I wanted to switch from a weight loss focus to a fitness focus. The challenge helped kick-start my fitness!

Simonne, New Brunswick

2019 Stats: $1,270 Raised, 335km Ridden

What was your ride goal?
330km.

How often did you ride?
On average I rode 4 times a week. I am retired so I rode in my community, on the NB trail, and in Miramichi in the wilderness at Mullins Stream Lake.

How easy or hard was it riding in the challenge?
The more I rode, the easier it became, and I could bike uphill by the end!

What did you enjoy most about the challenge?
When I found it difficult, I always kept in my mind the reason for doing this and thinking about all those sick kids. And sometimes my son, my granddaughter and my sister joined me on my rides which was great.

Zach, Ontario

2019 Stats: $10,236 Raised, 752km Ridden

What was your ride goal?
650km. I always take into consideration factors like work-life balance when setting my goals to make sure I’ll be able to accomplish them. When I first began, I had no idea where I would end up. I went from a 100km goal in 2017 to riding over 650kms last year.

How often did you ride?
It always depends on my work schedule, but 2019 was my best year to date... I managed to complete rides on 25 of the 30 days of June.

How easy or hard was it riding in the challenge?
Once the goal is set, the riding is easy as the motivation is there to achieve success and you're riding for an amazing cause. For me, the hard part about riding in the challenge is coordinating your schedule with other people to ride together.

What did you enjoy most about the challenge?
It’s rewarding in many different ways. Meeting new people, exceeding expectations and moreover making the world a better place... one kilometre at a time.