Cyclists raise $5, 000 for charity

October 06, 2005, vol. 34, no. 3
By Diane Luckow

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Nine SFU cyclists rode 212 kilometers and raised almost $5,000 in the recent B.C. Lung Association's bicycle trek for life and breath.

All members of VeloSFU, the bikers included VP-academic John Waterhouse, assistant professor of humanities Dave Mirhady, professor of kinesiology Dave Goodman and his wife Corinna, librarian Walter Piovesan, assistant professor of French Christian Guilbault, professor of physics Mike Vetterli, professor of economics Doug Allen and professor of physics Simon Watkins.

Doug Allen started the faculty cycling club last year as a way to meet faculty from other SFU departments. He also wanted to honour his father, a cyclist who had just died of lung disease, by participating in charity rides.

“Last year I rode in the trek for life and breath on my 1972 10-speed and paid heavily for it,” says Allen. “But I ended up loving bike riding and so I formed the club.”

In this year's trek, says Allen, Watkins placed third overall, arriving at Cultus Lake in three hours, 18 minutes. He says the rest of them spent four-and-a-half hours on the bicycle seat as they fought a head wind from Surrey to Cultus Lake, and three-and-a-half hours on the return trip the following day.

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