The 2017 Cycle of Life Tour will take 80 riders on an unforgettable cycle touring experience through the beautiful Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley and Gulf Islands. Cyclists will pedal nearly 200km of smooth country road to raise critical funds for patients and families in need of compassionate end-of-life care.
Check back here to read more Why I Ride spotlights and learn about the riders participating this year. Simon Biickert is riding for his mother
What first brought you to the Cycle of Life Tour?
The motivation came from my mother passing away in Victoria Hospice last year. When I was spending time in the Hospice last June, I saw a display with a cycling jersey in it. As a cyclist I was interested. I read the information sheet and learned about the Tour. I was not able to participate in 2016, but I continued to think about it in the meantime. When I mentioned it to family, they were supportive and I registered.
What does hospice palliative care mean to you?
A comfortable, peaceful place where the staff are aware of what you are going through and do their best to make it a human experience.
What are you looking forward to about the ride this year?
Being a first-timer, I only have the photo collections from previous years to go on. I’m a strong cyclist, so I am looking forward to a laid-back cruise along new roads. I am not a camper, but I am looking forward to that as well. But I think the thing I’m most looking forward to is meeting my fellow riders.
How do you prepare for the ride?
The cycling part I’m not worried about. It’s the getting to Victoria to participate that’s the hard part, and then getting home again. I live in Calgary, AB. I will ride in four Gran Fondos this year, plus the Cycle of Life Tour.
Where do you find strength and support leading up to and during the ride?
My father was the first to step up and support the idea of participating, and he has been very proud of my effort. My wife was also supportive, having lost her mother at the Victoria Hospice in 1994. Together they have been my planning crew. But I think the amazing part is how my coworkers stepped up to donate when I approached them, even though most of them don’t live on Vancouver Island (or even in BC).
What’s your fundraising goal?
My goal is $1000, and I have exceeded that.
Is there anything else you’d like to say to our Cycle of Life community?
Looking forward to meeting you all.
To sponsor Simon and similar riders and to learn more about the tour, visit www.cycleoflifetour.ca