June 9-10 2012 Toronto to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
4850+ Cyclists 220+km 18.1 million dollars raised for cancer care and research
Kh36" 100mm Quax Cranks
Ever since owning my KH36 I have wondered If I could do this ride. The fundraising minimum was $2500.00, I had a great response at work and on Facebook and raised $3550.00 for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.
Day 1 (June 9th) We started from The Direct Energy Centre at 8:30am. The heavy rain stopped and the sun came out, but the rest of the day was light rain on and off. I stayed around the back of the group, but after the hill climbs around Hamilton, some of the bicyclists behind me were finished 2 hours after me. I finished 5:20pm at Hamilton camp. 117km or so.
Around the 100km sign I mounted and noticed my seat twisted, not at the clamp, but between the two pieces of my old-stye KH seat post. I was still fine to ride it back to camp, where the Norco repair tent drilled in a screw for me. The guy in the tent had known Kris from his Norco days.
The Hamilton camp had free beer/wine, massages, great food, bands, hot showers, and a tent city to accommodate the 4800+ quite well.
Day 2 (June 10th) Started 7:40am from camp, hot and sunny all day. I had some saddle sores and blisters on my baby toe because I forgot to bring my 510’s but was still good to ride. The course was more flat, and I was not in a rush so I was almost at the back, but finished around 15 minutes before the last riders. 4:40pm Niagara finish 105km or more. I was happy to find there was more free beer at the finish line.
I was really happy to have my riding time under 9hrs. both days, and to finish in front of bikes both days. Everyone was cheering me on the whole way, no one could believe I could do the whole ride and handle hill climbs. This was the best ride of my life, I had a amazing time all weekend.