BY CARLA ALLEN
The Coast Guard
Participants of a four-day bike ride to Exhibition Park in Halifax are hoping to raise $10,000 for the Kidney Foundation. The group will be leaving from the Barrington Exhibition Grounds at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4. Last year the team of seven, which call the event the Tour de Shore, raised $8,000.
The ride is a play on the Tour De France, with members wearing bright yellow jerseys similar to that worn by the race leader of the famous race.
The group will be riding from Barrington to White Point (90 km) the first day, to Lunenburg the second day (70 km) and then on to Tantallon and Peggy’s Cove Road to finish at Exhibition Park on July 7th. The trip involves three overnight stays.
Riders are Reg and Joanne Rose and Graham and Tasha Smith from Barrington, John and Sue Rose from Kingston, and Crystal McCormack from Yarmouth. McCormack’s husband Paul will be driving the support vehicle.
Reg Rose says the Kidney Foundation was chosen as the recipient charity for two main reasons. “My wife Joanne has Poly-cystic Kidney disease, and Graham Smith's father, Aubrey Smith of Clark's Harbour had Kidney Disease and passed away on Sept 20, 2006. This year’s ride is in memory of Aubrey,” he said. “Kidney disease is more common than most people know and I believe that Halifax is the leader in Kidney transplants in the country,” said Rose.
The team prepared for the trip by riding as much as possible. “Getting used to being in the saddle for a long ride is part of the training,” said Rose.
The team will be paying for their own accommodations and meals. Sponsorship money goes towards jerseys, a banner, printing, and groceries eaten during the day.
Rose says the most memorable event from last year’s trip was waking up on the second morning to pouring rain. “We donned shower caps over our helmets (looked like fools) and rode in the rain for most of the day. We were all soaking wet within a few kilometers. Several of us put plastic bags over our socks in an effort to keep our feet from getting too cold. At one point I looked at my sister-in-law Sue and the bag had come out from under her rain pants and she was pedaling with a part bag of water hanging from her foot,” said Rose. “The effect of the weather was that it brought us closer together and in some ways it was the best day.”
Rose says the event is meant to be fun for the participants and not to be a race.
Donations can be dropped off to the Investors Group office in Barrington Passage next door to Tim Hortons. They can also be mailed to Reg Rose, Box 62 Crowell, NS B0W 1S0.
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BY CARLA ALLEN