Total dollars raised for cancer research since 2009 $3,438,157 (so far)

Why do I ride?

Having someone die to any disease is a devastating ordeal, and when that loved one is a child of your own, it’s even worse. My son Ryder died just before his 6th birthday and I knew right then it would change my life forever and be the hardest thing I would ever have to go endure. Losing a child is not something you get over or heal from. It is with you for the rest of your life. What you do have to do is figure out how to deal with the knowledge that you have, and what to do with it.

I first heard about the Ride to Conquer Cancer when I was contacted at my bike shop by the ride office in 2009 with them asking if I’d be interested in being an ‘Outfitter’ for ride participants. Of course I immediately agreed but once I put the phone down I started thinking maybe I should actually do the ride and grab a few people to do it with me while I was at it, and with 13 team members Team Sharpeys Cycles was formed.

In October of 2009 Ryder died and the team name became Riders for Ryder shortly after that I met Qurban who’s son (also Ryder) died 3 months before the 2010 ride and I promptly renamed the team for the final time to Riders for Ryders. The ‘s’ not only signifies two amazing young boys taken way too soon but everyone else who’s been through this journey. It’s for those that are fighting the fight and winning, those that have fought the fight and died and those that have fought the fight and won.

So when people ask me ‘why do I ride? I tell them simply, so I don’t have to ride in the future. So that with the money we raise by riding we can research and discover the cure for this terrible and devastating disease. So that people like me don’t have to go through what I went through, so children like Ryder do not have to suffer as a result of this disease.

So with that being said let make a pact together to beat this disease so that one day when this disease is mentioned it will be “as a thing of the past and not the present”

To date this event in BC alone has been an amazing success with the team raising just under $900,000 and the event raising over 40 million dollars.

But we can’t stop yet. I believe that with your help in raising money and with enough people we can achieve our goal. I believe it with every fiber of my being. I believe we will find a cure and until that happens I will not, I cannot rest and I will not quit.

In Ryders name I say

“We Can & We Will’
conquer cancer in our lifetime