Despite a heavy rainfall warning, cool temperatures, and strong winds, BKDI team member Dave Hircock successfully completed the two day MS Bike Tour from Airdrie to Olds last weekend. Dave had this to say about his experience:
“I have been on many rides similar to the MS Bike tour, but never one so impeccably well organized and with such a friendly, genuinely interested support cast of volunteers. Unfortunately the one eventuality that can not be accounted for—even with thorough planning and excellent execution—is weather.
I arrived at the staring point, the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds at 8:00 am, where it was 8 degrees with a light rain. That was as good as the weather got on day one. From there it turned to heavy rain to thunder and lightening and even hail. At one point the hail was so heavy that ride organizers began pulling people off the course. Nonetheless, we all arrived safely in Olds at some point on Saturday afternoon. Everyone was soaked through with varying degrees of numbness in their extremities. Or as my brother-in-law referred to it, “the full MS experience.” Luckily, for those of us without MS, it was nothing that a hot shower and cold beer would not remedy.
With lessons learned from Day One, I changed my approach on Day Two. The longer I was outside, the colder and wetter I would get. So, no dillydallying at rest stops and no extended lunch break socializing in Carstairs. Aided by a cool and blustery wind from the northwest, many of us road the full 80 kilometres back to Airdrie non-stop. Once back at the Airdrie Rodeo Grounds, we were rewarded with some shelter from the elements, dry clothes and a hot meal.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who donated to the MS Society, and a special thanks to all of the fantastic volunteers! In total, your donations helped my team raise over $25,000. Your generosity mean a great deal to me and to my family, not to mention the thousands of other Canadians affected by this disease.”