Training team progress from Vancouver

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Recaps: If you want to read how the team is doing in Vancouver.
May 11:
 
Training ride # 8.
This was our rolling Hills ride from Maple Ridge to Stave Lake, to Mission, Matsqui, Fort Langley and back to Maple Ridge - 130k
68 riders
June and Siobhan lend the entire ride.
SAG support team - Simon Nadeau , Linda Colasacco, Erin Ladd, Tony Nathan, Karen Fast, and Vicki Kunzli
What I loved about this ride, was not just the scenery, but the fact that the women led it.  Yes, we have had women lead rides before, but always with one of the guys.  This was the first time 2 women lead the entire team for the full distance, and they knew the route like the back of their hands.  I am so proud to see how strong the women are.
A little history that many may not know, and how things have changed in 15 years.  When I  started riding with the r2s team, I was repeatedly told I was weak, and I was told I and the other women didn’t belong on the team and that the women were holding the team back. I fought for the women to be there.   I was told that having women on the team would slow them down and they could not keep up.  Well, in 15 years, I can say those few people were wrong. 
The other thing that the women didn’t have an option to have, was that we had to wear men’s clothing.  (let me ask, how many men would like to wear women’s clothing?  hmmm… maybe i don’t want to hear the answer to that)  We’ve come a long away, and seeing the women riding, and holding their own. GREAT JOB!   How happy and proud I am to see this. Thank you to all the women who have proved they can do this, who have paved the way for women in the future and continue to ride strong.  
May 25
Let the rain come and it didn’t disappoint us, it gave it’s all. 
Ride #9
Our famous and challenging Triple Crown ride.  Riding 3 of the local mountains.
Thanks to Rich, Geoff, and Craig for putting the route together and leading the team in a very challenging ride.  (one to remember for sure)
Let’s ride from Burnaby, on the flats near the river,  up SFU mountain, then over and up Seymour Mountain, and then over to Cypress Mountain via the British Properties, then back thru Stanley Park, Vancouver and back to Burnaby. Finishing the day riding the flats by the river again.
It said it would start raining at 7am and yup, it did and it would ease up around 3pm, which it did.
Rivers of water running down the roads.  9 -11 degrees.  Warm and wet to climb, cold and wet to descend and thick fog to ride thru.
76 riders for a mandatory ride out of 160. (with many riders who live out of town and can’t be on our training rides)
A good day to learn how to layer up, what to wear in the rain and cold, and how to stay warm.  
  
We had Samosa’s, Butter Chicken, Rice and Hot tea at Cleveland Dam.  Thank you to Amarjit Dhadwar and Pardeep Sanghera for making this happen.  
For the first time, we had homemade, hot french fries at Ambleside Park. (why haven’t we stopped here before?)  Thank you to Ronald Tremblay, Jennifer Dick and Jonah Acheson…for doing this.  Nothing better than carbs, salt and ketchup.  You helped us step it up another level in our amazing food.
Filling 152 water bottles 6 times, thank you SAG crew.
 
SAG support teams - Simon Nadeau, Kathleen Inch, Jannie Koomen, Jax Twa, Gladys We, Cindy and Randy Defazio, Adam Vitkay, Satbir Gill, Carolyn King, Fraser King, Erin Ladd, and Vicki Kunzli.  
I mention our SAG support teams because they are a huge part of each training ride.  Without the SAG support team, these training rides would not happen.  
  1. The riders would not have food, or water or hot water for hot chocolate or soup at every stop. 
  2. Cold foot baths, (we should have added hot foot baths to this ride) 
  3. Spare wheels
  4. Repair flats and mechanicals
  5. A place to carry the rider bags with all their food and clothing (most riders do not pack lite)
  6. There would be no one to support the riders in whatever they need if there was no SAG Support. 
  7. The SAG support team, sets up the stops, so the riders don’t have to do anything but eat, change their clothing, and get back on their bikes.   
  8. The SAG support team helps with traffic and navigating thru the route.  
  9. SAG support is awesomeness, one more thing that the Ride2Survive does really well.
Each ride is a stepping stone to ride day.  
We start our training season with a 40k ride and 2 hours in the saddle
We finish our training season with a 200k ride and 12+ hours in the saddle
On ride day we ride 400k and spend up to 18+ hours in the saddle 
You need time in the saddle, and r2s gives you that.
  • Each ride, the team gets stronger.  
  • Each ride, the team learns to ride in perfect 2 up formation. 
  • Each ride, the team learns about nutrition and hydration  (we support eating real food)  (most rides or athletic events promote gels and power bars)
  • Each ride, the team learns what to wear, for cold days, wet days and hot days
  • Each ride, the team rides amazing routes.
  • Each ride, the team meets new team members and learns their story.   What great camaraderie the team has.
  • Each ride we see each other accomplish one more mile, one more pedal stroke and one more donation.
On May 26,  we are over $507,000…more than 1/2 way to our 1 Million dollar goal for 2019.  
3 training rides to go till ride day (200k is on Sunday, June 2)

Pole sit fundraising and pub nights over the next 3 weeks.   

Vicki