By Mo Cranker on December 16, 2016.
To get from Vancouver to Halifax is more than 6,000 kilometres â€” not a trip most would want to make.
One Hatter however, has decided to make the trek, but instead of taking the easy way with a car, he’s riding as part of a 36-person team biking across Canada to raise money for cancer research.
The ride is called the Sears National Kids Cancer Ride and is in its 10th year. It spans from Sept. 6-23 and will see the riders go for eight to 10 hours each day.
Though David Dale is from Saskatchewan, he now considers Medicine Hat to be his home, and has done a number of charity bike rides, as well as hosting an annual event with his wife Corrie called Duel it. The couple has raised more than $28,000 in the past two years for cancer research and will need to raise another $25,000 for this cross-nation ride. David says he has always wanted to bike across the country, so when he heard of this opportunity he had to go for it.
“I did the Ride to Conquer Cancer a few times and really loved that environment â€” just riding for a cause,” he said. “I then did the Tour for Kids this summer so this was the next step for me, taking it across Canada.”
David says he took up cycling seven years ago and has loved it ever since.
“I took up cycling in 2009 and have kept going with it,” he said. “To me, this is just going to be 18 days of biking with a great group of people and I’m looking forward to that.”
For the next eight months David will be training daily for the event in numerous ways and says he hopes he can prepare for the steep mountains as best as possible.
“I’ve done quite a bit of training so far,” he said. “I did a couple-thousand kilometres of riding this summer; ride to work every day in the cold and do some training around town, so I’m hoping it can do a good job of training me for the mountains.”
David says the issue of kids with cancer runs deep with he and his wife and they want to do their part to help kids just worry about being kids.
“We have had a lot of contact with children that have cancer,” he said. “There’s a lot of kids out here that shouldn’t have to worry about any of that and should be out playing and just get to be kids.”
Though she is not a fan of cycling herself, Corrie says she supports David’s endeavours no matter what, and has applied to be a volunteer for the event.
“Getting on a bike isn’t for me, but I always say ‘I hate biking but I despise cancer’,” she said. “He’s like a kid when he’s on his bike, and even in a day where there’s -20 weather he rides 10 kilometres to work and will bike home too.”
David says he is most looking forward to biking through the mountains, as well as making a stop in the Hat during the trip.
“I’m really looking forward to biking through the mountains and to get back to the Medicine Hat area,” he said. “I hope a lot of people come out to cheer the team on as we pass through.”
More information on David’s 2017 adventure, fundraising and how to get involved can be found on the Facebook page, ‘SNKCR – David Dale’s 2017 Journey’.