Update for the Vancouver 200k - June 2

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Ride update for 200k from Vancouver:
200k in the bank.  ( a tad emotional realizing we nailed this and it’s the last one)
Highlights of the ride:
#1 - a strong team
88 riders 
7am to 7pm - 12 hours on the bike
R2S has an incredible reputation, each of you that has created that.

We had zero incidents with upset drivers.  Woohoo.  We do not ride like any other road cyclists or club.  Think about what you have learned and how you follow the rules of the road.

This ride is in some ways harder than ride day.  It is suppose to be challenging and tough as you prepare for the big day.  
If you took some time off the bike, don’t beat yourself up, instead celebrate what you rode.  Each pedal stroke is a stepping stone to ride day.  Many had personal bests, celebrate that:
Personal Bests (just a few to start you thinking of what you accomplished)
  • Distance
  • Speed
  • Time in the Saddle
  • Food you ate
I have included our supporters for the day, as these are a huge part in helping you on training rides and ride day.
  • 20 jugs of water
  • Cold food baths @ Maple Ridge and Birchwood Dairy
  • 200 bags of potatoes chips - donated by IPS
  • 2 cases of banana’s - donated by Fruiticana
  • 4 boxes of dessert squares - donated by The Cakerie
  • Sushi Rice Savory Squares (thank you Siobhan)  A recipe from Alan Lim (from the Tour De France Garmin Team)
  • Refreshing  Watermelon - Amarjit
  • Lorine Hooge's famous homemade cinnamon buns 
  • Samosa’s and Tea - Amarjit
  • Not sure how many pounds of Butter Chicken was consumed…but let’s say a lot!  Thank you Amarjit and friends!
  • Ice Cream cones, Lemonade, and sweets @ the Birchwood Dairy
  • Many mechanicals - derailleurs, pedals, flats. Thank you Kevin for helping with mechanicals.  
  • 4 SAG vehicles to start…thank you Simon Nadeau, Carson Llewellyn, Adam Vitkay, Satbir Gill, Karen Fast, Jax Twa, Erin Ladd and Vicki
  • We added more SAG supports along the way, thank you Klaus Schoenwandt, Jaimie Gentles, Nancy & Alan Houghland, and Allison Gestle
  • A huge thank you to all the ride captains for pulling this ride off in the positive manner you did and taking leadership rolls
  • What a great ride and route..we nailed Silverdale and Mission Bridge…thank you June (it took us 15 years to get this right)
  • Thank you to Rich and June for the route, as always you put everyone thru a tough and challenging ride in preparation for ride day
  • June and Rich…you nailed the pace from the Dairy…we (as in Kerry and I) typically call this part of the ride the “death march” home…this year is was not, thank you.  You set the pace and kept the team together.  
  • Thank you to Brian for your Emergency Medial support.
  • Out of town riders…from Edmonton, Kamloops, Courtney, Nanaimo, Roberts Creek, Saturna Island, Whistler, Squamish, and Chilliwack. Apologies if I missed anyone.
  • Cheers to all the local riders for showing up and riding one more ride with your team.
  • A virtual ride by for Gary Egli, at the start of our ride in our rider circle. Gary is one of our riders from Courtney, who is in the battle of his life.  Gary has been a strong r2s rider for 6 years and is battling Multiple Myeloma.
  • Seeing the each rider battle and take on the challenge of this ride, Inspiring.  
  • Flats, Hills, Rolling Hills, heat and wind.  Woohoo you all rode it!
  • Seeing the mothers and fathers with their kids on the ride…heartwarming.   You are all creating moments and memories.
  • Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you are doing, and for the fundraising you are nailing.  Keep it up, surpass your goals and let’s make a change for the future.
*reminder of the rider/crew meeting on June 6.  
*fundraising opportunity to sell more raffle tickets.. (thank you to Nasir @ Surrey Honda for donating the CRV, Michel Chiasson @ Air Canada for the airline tickets and Keld from Scan Design for the $1000 gift card) 
*fundraising opportunities for the 2 pole-sits coming up over the next 2 weeks.   We will put a link on the website for you to sign up to help. (and it’s a huge amount of fun)
**please, please, do not stop the fundraising, this is important more than you know and realize (chat with me about the why we do this event and how important this is…I’m sure you can hear it in our our voices (Kerry and I)
Don’t miss the next 2 riders..they are just as important as the 200k.  
Vicki, from SAG Support and less than 3 weeks till ride day