BY BILL PHILLIPS
There are some new people behind the handlebars of the city’s Inside Ride.
The JDC West team from UNBC has taken over the annual indoor cycling challenge that raises funds in support of children and their families living with and beyond childhood cancer.
“This year we were approached by Sandra Blackwell of the Canadian Cancer Society and she asked us to take over the ride,” said Tanner Moulton of the JDC West team. “We’re excited to get going with that.”
The Inside Ride will be held October 17 at the Northern Sport Centre. Currently 17 teams have signed up for the ride and the goal is to have 25 years, each with a fundraising goal of $1,000.
In the past two years of the ride the JDC West team placed first in terms of money raised so it was a natural fit for the team to take over running the event.
“We also thought we could contribute our own resources as well,” said Adam Barlow, another JDC West team member. “We have a team with about 50 members, so we can help bring them on board to help with the event.”
For those thinking about entering a team, but worried that they have to be top-notch athletes to compete, don’t worry about it.
“It only comes down to five minutes of cycling per team member,” said Barlow. “You have teams of six and you take turns cycling. You don’t have to be an athlete at all, you just have to have the spirit.”
And spirit is rewarded at the Inside Ride as there are awards for best dressed team, loudest team, the most spirited team.
“Not only do you have to pedal as quick as you can, but as long as you’re screaming and yelling while you’re doing it, you’re set for success,” said Moulton.
There will be a huge bottle drive on October 14 to help all the teams with their fundraising efforts, which is being supported by the PG Recycling and Return It Centre.
For both Moulton and Barlow, the Inside Ride is something can easily get behind as university students and JDC West team members.
“Charity has always been a huge aspect for both myself and Adam and also UNBC JDC West as a whole,” said Moulton. “We’re always trying to give back to the community.”