Riders dip their tires into the Pacific Ocean in preparation for their cross-country journey.

Team departs on cancer ride

Bright, blue morning skies and warm temperatures greeted cyclists beginning a ride of hope in White Rock last Wednesday.

Brett Bonderud

Black Press

Bright, blue morning skies and warm temperatures greeted cyclists beginning a ride of hope in White Rock last Wednesday.

More than two dozen riders gathered on the beach near the foot of Oxford Street to begin the Sears National Kids Cancer ride.

The ride – scheduled to arrive in Halifax Sept. 23 – raises money for the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation, which focuses on improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.

“We give 100 per cent away to charity,” ride founder Jeff Rushton said at the start of the ride.

Money raised will support children’s cancer research, including work done at B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Rushton said.

This is the ride’s fourth year and the second to start from White Rock. The city’s suburban location, wide beach front and large bay provided a better launching point than other Vancouver locations such as Kitsiliano.

“It’s so incredibly beautiful,” Rushton said about White Rock.

Various cyclists dipped their tires in shallow water to begin their cross-country journey. The next dip will be in the Atlantic at the ride’s finish.

White Rock Mayor Catherine Ferguson was on hand for the event. Ferguson lost her mother to cancer and said that if she had one superpower it would be to get rid of cancer.

The ride has raised $4.7 million in the four years of its existence. By year’s end, the total is projected to reach $6 million.

 

Just Posted

TONIGHT: Team Canada’s road to the Olympic Games kicks off in South Surrey

Team Canada will play Cuba at 7:30 p.m., Softball City

Young South Surrey soccer player follows dream to England

Hugo Patel Thompson, 13, hopes to one day play for Chelsea

White Rock butterfly release ‘emotional, uplifting’

Second annual event raises $1,250 for Peace Arch Hospice Society

South Surrey/White Rock grandmothers raise $8,000 while reducing plastic waste

Oneness Gogos started making, and selling, reusable produce bags

Securing Olympic spot the latest test for Canadian softball squad at Surrey tournament

Softball hasn’t been included in the Games since 2008 when Canada finished fourth in Beijing

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Border crossings across Lower Mainland seeing lengthy delays

Sumas, Peace Arch and Surrey-Blaine border crossings seeing long wait times

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

Most Read

l -->