It’s a summer tradition…and it begins Friday.
A group of 20 cyclists will bike 540 kilometers from Toronto to Montreal in two days to raise funds for the cancer centre at Barrie’s Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre.
It’s the fourth year for this charity ride, known as Equipe ’78.
The riders will suit up this year to honour Jackie Herbst, a three-time cancer survivor. The organizers were inspired by Jackie’s husband Mark and his cycling partner Paul Millar who participated in the famously difficult Race Across America this past June, also raising funds for cancer services at RVH in honour of Jackie.
“Significant training, clean eating, and healthy habits are a must to be physically ready for the trek”
Anthony Monastero, co-founder and main organizer of the ride, says the cyclists are mostly weekend warriors so being part of the journey is incredibly challenging and also a huge thrill they look forward to each year.
“Riding with a purpose is important to us and knowing our hard work helps others is really rewarding,” says Monastero. “While we all come from different walks of life and professions, we really connect as a team over those two days to ensure we stay organized, safe and collaboratively enjoy the amazing achievement of finishing this epic super grand fondo as a group.”
“Advancing cancer services at RVH ensure residents of North Simcoe Muskoka can get the care they need, closer to home. Not only does this alleviate the stress and burden of lengthy travel, it means they can be closer to their family, friends and support system.– Eric Dean, CEO of the RVH Foundation
The ride, sponsored by Racer Sportif, Monacom Productions, Memnon and Mattamy Homes, will begin at the Ajax Go Station on Friday, August 23, departing at 9 a.m., riding along the St. Lawrence River to Montreal.
To support the riders, visit foundation.rvh.on.ca http://foundation.rvh.on.ca and click on upcoming events.