Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Cyclebetes spin-a thon

Event: Accu-Chek Cyclebetes Spin-a-Thon 
Location: West Vancouver, Rockridge School
Duration: 24hrs 
Extreme Factor: 10/10 if you can’t stay up all night, but a light 2hr spin would top the carts at 2/10
Cost: by donation
Number of participants: 100 teams limited entry

What is Cyclebetes?

It began in 2007 with one promise, one Champion and it spread. It began with a promise that a father made to his 12 year old daughter.

Vancouver businessman Kyle Balagno promised his daughter Taylor he would do everything in his power to help find a cure for her juvenile (type one) diabetes before her 18th birthday. He had 6 years.

That commitment spawned Team H2V, a 5 man team who cycled across Canada at break neck speed in September 2007. They made the epic ride in just 8 days, set a Guinness World Record and raised $900,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and millions of media hits.

The journey of Team H2V was remarkable and inspiring to all Canadians. The simple goal that fuelled the team was the desire to do….something that hadn’t been done…..something big.

Cyclebetes is the legacy of Team H2V - built on themes of community, responsibility, leadership and promise. Cyclebetes gives Canadians the opportunity to become Champions in four events that will take place across the country with donations benefiting the JDRF.

This past weekend, Rockridge Secondary school hosted their second annual 24hr indoor spin-a-thon. The Accu-Chek Cyclebetes Secondary Spin-a-Thon is an opportunity for Canadian secondary students to get active in their communities and develop leadership capabilities by organizing and participating in 24 hour community spin relays.
Throughout the 24hrs, we had 40 Innovative Fitness customers participating by spinning and fundraising for the JDRF.


We drove up to the school after work, parked in the lot around 5:40pm and unloaded spinners and bikes. When er walked into the gym we came to a table with students who signed us in a guided us to our spin area. The gym was buzzing with people and bikes. There was music and motion everywhere. Our spin area was alive with riders. There must have been 5 or 6. We got set up and spent 2hrs spinning with a great group. Chatting it up, people/movie watching and drinking water. The time flew by. I made it home, had a light dinner and I was in bed by 10.

My alarm went off at 6am and I was spinning by 7. The gym was still going. There were people who looked very tired and lots of fresh riders already zipping along. With 2hrs of riding under my belt, I had my fill. But the day was far from over for the spin-a-thon.

throughout the 24hrs

The entire event had over 700 people walk through their doors over those 24hrs and raised over $110,000 dollars with funds still coming in. This was a very successful event and everyone who participated should be very proud of what they helped accomplish.

Written by Richard Alm

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