A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTORS
At RCSC, we are committed to developing the next generation of Canadian cyclists.
The sport of cycling has taken me on an amazing journey, and given me so much. I started out with humble beginnings on the bike-riding the local trails around my house for the pure adventure of it. I then got exposed to racing and decided to get into it. After living my dream and racing to the highest level of mountain biking, I decided to get into road racing. This was a daunting task at the beginning, and took so many years of sacrifice and dedication. Now I am starting to see the benefits of all those years of hard work. I placed 6th in the 2010 Tour de France, and am now one of the top professional cyclists in the world…
I like to give back to the sport that has given me so much, so that is part of the mission of the RCSC. If I can inspire young folks to get on the bike, then that is a success in my eyes.
To me, cycling means so much. Like Ryder, I had a career in professional mountain bike racing that took me all over the globe. I lived a dream in this portion of my career- exploring trails in remote parts of the globe was beyond my wildest dreams when I started! I grew up on a bike, and then got into mountain biking when I was 14. I picked up racing shortly thereafter, and went on to race for 19 years. This timeframe saw me conduct a 15 year professional racing career which took me to two Olympics and two Commonwealth Games.
Now, cycling is a part of me. I can’t go too long without riding the bike. It’s a way of life. It’s a way for me to explore, get healthy, challenge myself and to enjoy nature. The sport of cycling has taught me the value of hard work, honesty, discipline, and many other solid values that I use in my daily life.
My post racing career has seen me stay involved with cycling. I am now a cycling coach and the director of Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria. This gran fondo style event exposes the average cyclist to a non-competitive world class cycling experience, similar to what Ryder experiences in the Tour de France. The event saw 1500 cyclists enjoy the beautiful cycling we have in Victoria BC. We are now seeing a huge rise in popularity in cycling, partially due to Ryder’s efforts on the world stage!
Cycling is an activity that promotes strong communities, builds character and provides immeasurable health and environmental benefits.
To me, the bike represents freedom. Every ride brings me right back to childhood memories of taking off further than ever before into my neighborhood. I still approach life with that same sense of adventure and enthusiasm.
I’ve been lucky to have friends like Ryder and Seamus in my life, inspiring me to work hard and push my personal capabilities. I’m stronger for it both mentally and physically. Cycling is a pure and noble endeavour that brings out the best in me, and I’m excited about the future of RCSC; knowing that we have the opportunity to inspire youth, partner with like minded companies and individuals and make a difference in Canada.