How it Started: Cycling 4 Water
The idea all started with a conversation between two longtime friends. (No drinks involved! LOL ) Rob, a veteran, lifelong cyclist was meeting with Mike at a conference. Rob shared his dream of cycling across Canada and asked Mike if he would consider doing it with him the summer they both turned 60.
Mike had just started doing some short distance cycling and had never considered any form of long distance riding, let alone a ride across Canada. The idea did intrigue him; he agreed to think about it on one condition. Mike explained to Rob, “If I’m going to do this it has to be for a cause. I can’t do it just for fun because I’m not sure it will be fun.” Rod immediately agreed! Three months later, Mike committed to do the ride.
The search for a cause landed with water wells because it’s such a basic need, saves lives and transforms families and communities. Global Aid Network (GAiN) became the cause partners and the ride started to take shape. Mike and Rob recruited two more cyclists and a support vehicle driver to join them. The team, Mike, Rob, Timo, Richard and Jacquie, also found some amazing sponsors who provided a support vehicle and the funds to cover their expenses so that 100% of the funds raised would go to GAiN. The ride would be 60 days, they were turning 60 so the goal became 60 wells.
During a training ride, Mike was on a 35 km route to his office, it was early morning, there was a head wind, he was going uphill and it started to rain. Two thoughts hit him; “This is hard, cycling across the country will be hard.” The second thought came rushing in… “This will be hard but it would be a lot harder to watch your children die because they do not have clean water!” That thought was re-visited many times…