Ride to Conquer Cancer Update: Final Recap

My Ride to Conquer CancerIn late January, I decided I needed to do something epic. My friend was battling cancer, and I was turning 40 in June, so I registered for the Ride to Conquer Cancer and started collecting pledges.

At the end of this email are the names of the 86 people who helped me raise $5,080. That's double the minimum required to participate in this ride. That's awesome and I owe you big time.

Yesterday, I rode from Ontario Place to Mohawk College in Hamilton. It was 123.95 km and it took me a little over 5 hours. Here's the route we took.

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Today, I rode back to Ontario Place. This time, it was only 103.38 km and it took me a little over 4 hours. Here's the route.

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In total, that's 227.33 km. I'm very pleased with my times and had a blast camping out with the other 5000 riders. Together, we raised $20 million.

Nothing but blue skies #rtcc


Here again, for the last time, are my 86 heroes. Thank you.

  1. Ellen M.
  2. Rick C in Oakville
  3. Mike Kic
  4. markosaar
  5. Speysidephil
  6. Dale
  7. Brian A.
  8. Doug
  9. Rick2
  10. Al The Royal Pain
  11. Christine H.
  12. Mike from Lowville
  13. Cheryl
  14. Il Duce
  15. Michael Muzzin
  16. Liz B.
  17. Blind Dave
  18. Alex Patino
  19. Mike Engell and Colleen
  20. Cousin Jen
  21. Aunt Maura
  22. Brother Ryan
  23. Jason from Sudbury
  24. Jamie
  25. Mom
  26. Zachary
  27. Faunie
  28. Douglas
  29. Steve M.
  30. Kevin W.
  31. Katherine R.
  32. Marie C.
  33. Erin Davis
  34. Matt W.
  35. Chad H.
  36. Nigel Trousershrapnel
  37. Brother Steve
  38. Philly-Bob
  39. Audrey
  40. TheSweaterTuck
  41. Cathy S.
  42. Tim
  43. Domenico
  44. Julie N.
  45. Helmut
  46. Daniel M.
  47. Claire H.
  48. Andrew
  49. Jackie S.
  50. Gwyn
  51. Mofo
  52. Nicki
  53. CJ
  54. 519 Rob
  55. Pete F.
  56. Glen S.
  57. Darren C.
  58. Niel W.
  59. Humble and Fred
  60. Mike P.
  61. Chris M.
  62. Adam T.
  63. Jeremey
  64. Teena in Toronto
  65. Rosie
  66. Daniel
  67. Stephanie
  68. Lorne
  69. Elvis
  70. Argie
  71. McNulty
  72. Boomer
  73. Michael Z.
  74. Patricia B
  75. Jenny M.
  76. Bruce M.
  77. James E.
  78. Peter S.
  79. Steven M.
  80. Greg Brady
  81. Karim K.
  82. Stephen Y.
  83. Jason C.
  84. Matthew W.
  85. Barb M.
  86. Cousin Mark

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We are not the hero's, you are with your dedication to this great cause.


June 8, 2014 @ 4:57 PM


Not only is Mike a great father, husband, blogger, and male model but he also has time to raise $5,000 for cancer.

Is there anything he can't do?

Chris Hadfield asked him to command the International Space Station next year.

God speed, Commander Mike

June 8, 2014 @ 5:17 PM


Great! So you averaged about 24 kph.
Was it easier or harder than you thought it would be? Saturday was a little hot to be doing an extended ride. Are you still going to do daily rides?

June 8, 2014 @ 6:12 PM


And hopefully that $20 million will KICK CANCERS' ASS!!!!

June 8, 2014 @ 6:46 PM


You set a goal for yourself with the Ride for Cancer many months ago. With everything else in your life going on with a baby on the way, Mike Kic's situation & your training for this ride has me realize that you are an inspiration for all of us as if we set a goal we strive to do it & even if we don't succeed at least we did our best trying.

@Mike - you accomplished what your vision was & for those who try & don't succeed, be proud as it was the best you can do as
NOBODY is a failure. At least you tried.

Get some rest.

June 8, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


About 24 km/h, but a little faster because on the way there I stopped three times (two pit stops and one lunch stop) and on the way back I stopped twice (one pit stop and one lunch stop).

Both times my first pit stop was at the 60 km mark.

I didn't find it too hot yesterday, in fact, I thought it was pretty perfect.

Prior to yesterday, my longest ride was about 65 km. I just about doubled that yesterday. I was surprised how strong I felt and how fast I was still riding up the long hill climb approaching Mohawk College.

Today's ride was actually really easy after yesterday because it was primarily downhill.

As for the daily rides, I was doing them before I signed up for this ride so I'll definitely keep doing them. The sweet spot for me is a fast 30 km ride, so that will likely be my default. I hope to get out there at least 4 days a week. Biking is awesome.

Bonus Fun Facts:

99.9% of bikes in this weekend's ride were road / racing bikes. My hybrid stuck out like a sore thumb. I'm told I was the first non-road/racing bike to finish.

99.9% of riders wore those special clipless shoes for use with clipless pedals. Me in my Asics running shoes stuck out like a sore thumb.

99.9% of riders wore bike shorts with the butt padding. I wore regular shorts with no butt padding.

June 8, 2014 @ 9:17 PM


re: fun facts

#1 - on the Ride for Heart & Stroke it was much the same on the 75 KM route, at least amongst those that started at 6:00 AM. I have a CX bike which is most of the way there, it was pretty ghetto compared to the competition. Also I was on commuter tires.

But, it felt great to be going much faster than guys on $2000-5000 bikes.

#2 - I wear the shoes. I'm not sure how much more efficient it really is, but I find it much safer commuting.

#3 - Every single person around me was wearing bike shorts too.

I have "shy shorts" or commuter shorts. They have a lining for cycling, but aren't very aggressive. I actually got very uncomfortable and it really affected how quickly I could pedal by the end. I guess bike shorts or bibs are on the list for next year for me.

I did my 75 KM non-stop, but was pretty exhausted by 70. Just phoned in the last 5.

June 9, 2014 @ 7:02 AM


Well done Mike! This even has been building up on the Blog for Months now, and It's nice to see it all came together.

The hivemind is proud!

June 9, 2014 @ 8:13 AM


I wear bike shorts but I can't ride a bike.

Anyway, well done. You did us proud.

June 9, 2014 @ 8:57 AM

519 Rob

Kudos Mike,
Job well done!

June 9, 2014 @ 9:35 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

For the curious, here are the tents we slept in on Saturday night.

It was extremely well organized.

June 9, 2014 @ 9:35 AM


One More question - is James officially taller than you now? It seems that way in the picture, although it could be that you are slouching a bit, being tired from the race and all....

June 9, 2014 @ 10:20 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Not yet!

June 9, 2014 @ 10:27 AM

Teena in Toronto


Your friend would be so proud!

June 9, 2014 @ 10:28 AM


Congratulations, Mike! Well done!

June 9, 2014 @ 10:37 AM


@ Mike - methinks it's only a matter of time....

June 9, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


He'll catch me and pass me before he becomes a teenager, for sure.

June 9, 2014 @ 11:06 AM


Could you post the routes? I checked the official website and it is not very detailed in some spots.

June 9, 2014 @ 11:31 AM



June 9, 2014 @ 11:44 AM

this guest

super congratulations on a well researched and well trained for job.

June 9, 2014 @ 1:21 PM


Good work, Mike!

June 9, 2014 @ 2:53 PM

Blind Dave

Congrats to Mike and all the riders. You are true heroes.

June 9, 2014 @ 9:38 PM

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