Thursday, April 29, 2010

ride for a cause....


by Jennifer J.

If you have been thinking of something fun to do on the weekends why not get out and start riding your bike. In just three weeks from now you could be joining the masses and participating in a good cause. On May 16th Westwood Cycles will be running an incredible event in the tri-cities area called WHEEL TO HEAL. It is a charity ride to benefit Eagle Ridge Hospital.

Not sure how far you could ride- no problem! This event offers something for everyone; there is an 80 k ride a 40 k ride and a 10k loop. This is the second year for this event and during the inaugural ride of Wheel to Heal over 50.000 dollars was raised for this fantastic cause. This year they are hoping to beat that amount.

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.  ~Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green

Bike riding is something that is not only great for the environment but also it is a great activity for to do with family and friends. It allows us to see so many amazing things in our city that we sometimes miss when we spend all our time in cars or on transit. Biking rates up there on the exercise scale as you can burn up to 1000 calories an hour if you are working hard. Riding a bike is a proven stress releaser. Regardless of if you are riding purely for pleasure or for a specific purpose, you will arrive at your destination feeling relaxed, energized and happier about the world and yourself. Plus, being out on your bike is just downright fun.

Innovative Fitness will have a large group participating in this fundraising event. The staff at Innovative Fitness has been working with two motivated individuals Brian and Marianne as they train towards the 80k ride on May 16th. The local paper has been tracking their progress with weekly write-ups. Why not join us and get out for an incredible ride for a great cause. Check it out www.wheeltoheal.ca

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments.  Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man.  And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became.  Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.  ~Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills

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