Biking BAD

Biking BAD

Oct 4, 2013

Biking BAD – An open letter to Lance Armstrong. (Originally published on the Daily Peloton) Mr. Lance Armstrong. When I think about Walter White the much maligned and loved, one time, fictitious cancer survivor who hides his relationship with drugs from the public I can’t help but think of you. In the amazingly popular Vince Gilligan TV series ‘Breaking Bad” Walter White’s actions caused the deaths of countless people and destroyed people’s lives on two continents yet for the most part the public loved Walter right to the end. Back on planet earth the many of the people who once lined up to praise you, Lance Armstrong, now salivate and rub their hands hoping for you to lose the empire you built with hard work, deception and drugs. The same Lance Armstrong who helped millions of people afflicted with cancer by educating them and showing them that cancer can be beaten. In the arts and in real life the number of anti-heroes who people cheer for seems to continually grow; Bonnie and Clyde, Al Capone, Jesse James, Jesse Pinkman, Dick Cheney, Julian Assange, the menacing Sideshow Bob, the painted lady Tammy Faye Baker, okay maybe not her, but when it comes to public anger and outrage Lance Armstrong you still might be winning the race. There was a time when I was a big fan, I even tolerated what I perceived as your smug attitude because you were, nothing less than a fierce competitor; – Mike Tyson on a bicycle. But that appreciation quickly transformed itself into disappointment and anger when the power that fueled the wheels of your bicycle fell off. As it is to many, cycling is like a second religion to me and it struck me in a deep and personal way the deception that you perpetrated.   However, as anger does, mine subsided and I allowed some new perspectives and reflection to color my reaction to the facts as I now knew them. I began to see things that I was blind to before and before I could stop myself I came up with several reasons to forgive, (but not forget). I respect you are not asking for my forgiveness, I...

A True Story – Riding on Canvas

A True Story – Riding on Canvas

Sep 19, 2013

About ten years ago I found myself in Australia on my third circumnavigation of that great continent. This story tells why I love ultra-cycling and why I am working to share the sport with the world. As Lance Armstrong so infamously stated way back then, “It’s not about the bike” and well one of the beautiful things about ultra-cycling is it is not about shortcuts or even finishing first, it is about the ride, the journey, the adventure, the self-discovery.  I think only soldiers get more in touch with themselves than an ultra-cyclist who fears he may have bitten off more than he or she can ride. “Riding on Canvas” was my slowest trek around Australia and by far the hardest as I towed a trailer and left the escort crew at home. I broke my bike frame near the absolute middle of no-where but another one was dispatched immediately and the local bike shop did a masterful job of switching everything over. While I lost 4 or 5 days I decided there was no option but to continue. It was quite possibly the greatest ride of my life. Riding on Canvas On a desolate aged and weather beaten road spanning the obscure habitats of infinity a cyclist is drawn by the magical lure of faraway places. His heart and muscles weave a tapestry of effort and desire so intricate that the distinction between reality and illusion becomes blurred; each overlapping the other. Like a champion race horse breaking free from the starter’s gate he explodes with determination, consuming and devouring the challenge; each pedal stroke serving like a fork delivering more fuel to his fire and motion. Innately he is compelled to strive for more and more in every action he takes until in a single suspended moment that defies the logical order of our universe rider and bike fuse together becoming a missile hell-bent on speed and the obliteration of distance.   Continue reading...

Blonde on a Bicycle

Blonde on a Bicycle

Jun 18, 2013

Back in 2006 It was my great honor and pleasure to go along on a great ultra-endurance adventure. My assignment was to observe and lend a hand as  a Texas gal named Shanna Armstrong gave RAAM a shot. She had roughly 3,000 MILES to conquer and less than 11 days to do it. To find out what happened, please continue reading...

Canadian Cancer Society

Canadian Cancer Society

Nov 2, 2012

Canadian Cancer Society Support It is a difficult if not impossible task to try and find a person on earth who has not had their life affected by cancer. Personally I have watched kind people who I loved lose the battle against cancer and in their last moments they displayed the greatest strengths I have ever known. Earlier in my life, before I had first-hand experience with the fight against cancer I was in a rare state of heart-broken inspiration as I watched Terry Fox fight his greatest fight not only on the Canadian stage but the world stage. I think that other than my family Mr. Fox has had the most positive impact on my life. He inspired me to live life; to be a soldier in life, to explore –  to seek the deepest parts of my soul and faith and to find bravery and face situations which offer little or no hope of a positive outcome. I remember researching the lives of people who lived so bravely and accomplished so much after they were told of terminal health issues. I thought to myself why must I wait for “overtime” to begin to live with such gusto and I went on a decade long journey of exploration, experience and self-discovery. I met other like-minded people and experienced life at a new elevated level; a life worth living and sharing. One day in Australia in the midst of a bicycle challenge that I had created for myself I realized that I had seen three different oceans in a single bike ride and the enormity of it all changed me forever. I, just an ordinary man, was truly capable of extraordinary things and if I am, believe me; you are too. I created the Tour of British Columbia so that others could experience the wonderment of massive accomplishment and I chose to support  the Canadian Cancer Society because it simply was the right thing to do. If as many people as are capable can do just their part we will win more fights against this relentless disease, more people will survive and people that can’t help themselves will have they help they need and...