It is a very long way from Vancouver to Peru, but both us did just that! We did not take our bicycles, but in Arequipa Dave rented a mountain bike, and took a ride down Mt Misti! Here is Dave about to set off and a photo of Old Arequipa taken towards the end of the ride:
Dave and Mt Misti
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We did not go to South America just for this, but went to the Galapogos Islands, Machu Picchu and Bolivia, but not being bicycle related, those stories and photos are on Facebook!
Our website is all about cycling, and in so doing, raise money for our charities. Last year Maxine supported the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa which is a 3-day ride in September cycling from Campbell River to Victoria. Prior to that, both Dave and Maxine have supported the Ride for the local YANA charity by taking part in their local Bicycle Ride, but due to Covid-19 this was cancelled. This year, 2021, we hope to again ride for YANA in the Comox Valley. Watch this space!
This year Dave cycled the BC Lung Bicycle Trek on September 8th and 9th, and Maxine took a very active part in the Cheer Leading at the finish on both days!
Many thanks to our supporters who donated to help us raise just over $2,100 – we had only 2 riders in our team this year, but hope for more next time!
Here are some photos of the event:
Dave finishing – where are the Cheer Leaders?
They made me finish again – with Cheer Leaders!
Here are the Cheer Leaders – Jean and Maxine on the right!
Rose finishes with the full Cheer Leading team!!
Maxine and Dave rode the Tour de Victoria and had a great day’s cycling around Victoria and the Saanich Penninsula. It was great to have all intersections controlled so cyclists did not have to stop, and with so many riders out there, mostly passing vehicular traffic gave us plenty of clearance! Here we are pedaling up the Munn’s Road big hill:
Will this hill ever end??!
Maxine seems happy with the hill!!
Yes, I guess we will do it again next year!
It is a very long way from Vancouver to Cape Town, but both us and our bicycles did just that! The event was the The Cape Argus Cycle Tour which is a 109 km one-day race (or fun ride!) around the picturesque Cape Penninsula, and there were 35,000 entries! The pros start at 6:15 am, then the rest of us start in groups of 600 every 4 minutes thereafter. We started at 7:30 am and headed off into a day of cycling that saw temperatures reaching 41º C.
Despite there being over 1,000 recorded cases of heat related problems, we both survived to the end expecting at any moment to join the ranks of the many suffering from major cramps to completely heat exhaustion! Dave, however, survived the race, but then could not get out of the car on the way home as his legs completely cramped!
This is a great event with the roads completely closed to all traffic from start to finish. Crowds lined the route cheering us, holding street parties, cheerleaders, etc. all the way!
Our journey was in fact, a little longer as we made a “side trip” from London to Abu Dhabi and return to see Jo, CJ and our grandchildren, Brodie and Tegan. (The bikes remained at Heathrow in “Left Luggage”)
Do it again?? Yes, most likely in 2014!! Here are a few of our photos:
Maxine tackles Chapman's Peak
Maxine nears the top of Suikerbossie
Maxine crosses the Finish Line!
Got my Finishers' Medal!!
Dave on Chapman's Peak
Dave on Suikerbossie
Dave through the final bend - just!
It's hot - but I finished!