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Ross doing charity bike ride with Trevor Linden and Axel Merckx

Blog by | April 30th, 2008

May 1, 2008 Vancouver ‑ Cycling superstars Axel Merckx and Alex Steida, hometown hockey hero Trevor Linden and Olympic gold medalist Ross Rebagliati are going for a bike ride on June 1 ‑ and they want company.
At a pep rally in Vancouver today Axel, Trevor and Ross invited anyone who can push a pedal to join them on June 1 for a 36 km bike ride on the streets around Pacific Spirit Park on Vancouver’s West Side. The ride is part of BC Cancer Foundation’s Westside Cycling Classic presented by the Airey Group.
All funds raised will support cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency, which provides a province-wide, population-based cancer control program to everyone in B.C., including prevention, early detection, care and research.
“This will be a great way for people to get back into the spirit of cycling before summer and at the same time support a great cause,” said Tour de France veteran, Axel Merckx.
Trevor Linden agreed, but said jokingly that he wanted more company than just the three other stars.
“As much as I admire those guys and enjoy riding with them, I really want to share this event with as many other people as possible. Our goal is to raise funds for the BC Cancer Foundation, and we need the public’s help to do that,” said Trevor.
Swapping his snowboard for a bicycle is nothing unusual for Ross Rebagliati. An avid cyclist, he is looking forward to the June 1 event.
“What could be better than a lazy Sunday afternoon ride through the streets of Vancouver in spring while raising money for cancer research?” asked Ross.
Canadian cyclist, Alex Steida, the first North American to wear the Yellow Jersey in the Tour de France, was not at today’s pep rally, but will be riding on June 1 and sent his best wishes to fans and supporters who gathered outside the BC Cancer Agency offices in Vancouver.
Cancer survivor and Westside Cycling Classic Community Ride participant, Andrew Gregory, has personal experience of the great work done by the BC Cancer Agency. In between getting training tips from the sports stars at today’s pep rally, Andrew urged people to sign up for the ride.
“I know how important it is for cancer research to keeping moving towards new discoveries and better treatments. I also know that it won’t happen without adequate funding, which is why events like the Westside Cycling Classic Community Ride are so important,” he said.
Honorary co-chair of the BC Cancer Foundation’s Westside Cycling Classic and cancer survivor, MLA Sindi Hawkins, said the participation of the sports stars in the event was a major commitment that demonstrated how much they care about cancer research.
“We know how busy these guys are and how many other organizations are making demands on their time, which is why we are honoured and privileged that they have chosen to support the BC Cancer Foundation on June 1,” she said.
BC Cancer Agency President and aspirant Westside Cycling Classic Community Ride participant, Dr. Simon Sutcliffe, echoed Sind’s comments.
“We depend heavily on the goodwill of people like these four sports stars. Their ability to inspire the public to support our cause is invaluable. I’m looking forward to a great day on June 1, and I hope that many more people will join us,” he said.
Adult participants in the Westside Cycling Classic Community Ride will each need to raise a minimum of $300 for the BC Cancer Foundation. The money will go towards research at the BC Cancer Agency.
The main 36 km ride will take place from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm on June 1 around a 12 km closed loop course that starts and finishes on W. 10th Ave. at Sasamat. (For full course details and map visit: www.cycleforcancer.com) There will also be a 12.5 km ride for participants aged 12 to 17, and a two-block ride for cyclists aged four to 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The top fundraiser will win a luxury, guided trip for two to the 2008 Tour de France. The first 10 fundraisers to raise $10,000 will be invited to a private dinner with Axel Merckx, Trevor Linden and friends. Kids that raise the most money will win Nintendo Wii or DS systems donated by Nintendo Canada.
Online: www.cycleforcancer.com
Phone: 604-696-BIKE (2453)
E-mail: ridereg@cycleforcancer.com
The BC Cancer Foundation, established in 1935, raises funds to support research and enhancements to care at the BC Cancer Agency, throughout B.C. All funds raised remain in B.C.
Judy Hamill, Communications Officer
BC Cancer Foundation 
Phone: 604-707-5934
Cell: 604-802-6984
E-mail: jhamill@bccancer.b.caChris Freimond, Media Relations
Phone: 604-990-1378
Cell: 778-840-2428
E-mail: chris@cfpr.ca