It’s a story all too common in our time: a conversation starts online, things escalate, and before you know it, real-world consequences ensue. But in this case, it’s for a good cause!
Long-time EV member Ryan Cousineau, recently infamous for, along with co-conspirators, various stunts involving a Mobi share-bike, was challenged online to ride the steepest street in the Lower Mainland on a Mobi. He laughingly offered do it for a $500 donation to a good cause.
The challenger, Graham Clarke, called his bluff, and donated $500 to EV’s Fallen Riders/Future Riders (FR2) fund.
With that, Cousineau was committed. On January 1, he will attempt to ride up Oxford Street, the steepest climb in White Rock, on a Mobi. Further, he has pledged that for every further $500 raised, he will repeat the effort.
The Oxford Street climb is about a kilometre long, and the gain is over 70 m (250 feet), with a peak grade of 23%. It is a challenge for any cyclist, but with both bike and rider answering to the description “sturdy but heavy,” this goes beyond category.
All are invited to watch, ride along, or heckle on New Year’s Day, at Gage Park (Marine Dr and Oxford St). The festivities start at 12:30 pm, so the truly adventurous have time to participate in the adjacent Polar Bear Swim, which goes into the water at noon.
FR2 is a fund to memorialise those individuals who have passed away, while helping to reduce the financial barriers to families whose children wish to participate in the sport of competitive cycling. You can learn more about the FR2 fund (and donate online) at https://escapevelocity.bc.ca/FR2.