Surrey’s Lorene Meyer is back for a second year to take on BC Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath (Bicycle Trek). A 200km bike ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake, and back again, raises money for the 1 in 5 British Columbians with breathing problems. But there’s so much more to Bicycle Trek than just riding 200km.
“The scenery through the Fraser Valley is spectacular,” explains Meyer. “There are lots of fun hills to ride up and coast down, and the friendship and camaraderie is incredible. I was quickly welcomed into the 'family' that is part of Bicycle Trek.”
Over 200 participants ride every year in the Bicycle Trek, and they all gather for different reasons. For Meyer, one of the main reasons for participating was to become healthier.
“Four years ago, I realized I needed to address my unhealthy lifestyle,” says Meyer. “After years of looking after parents and raising four children, it became time to look after my own health. I worked with a personal trainer and joined a bike club in White Rock. After a couple years of riding and working out everyday, I’m now the registrar for the Team Coastal Cycling Club in Langley and Surrey, lead rides, and mentor new riders. It seemed like a natural fit to sign up for the Bicycle Trek last year, and I’m so excited to be riding again this year.”
Bicycle Trek is a fully supported ride with gear transportation, mechanical and medical assistance, and delicious food all provided for you.
“We do everything we can to make the weekend as relaxing and fun as possible,” explains Marissa McFadyen, BC Lung Association’s Events Coordinator. “That includes more food than you could imagine, fun evening entertainment - and did we mention a hot tub at the end of day? But ultimately it’s participants like Lorene who make the event what it is. Every participant signs-up for different reasons, but at the end of the day we’re all here for the same goal - to help British Columbians who struggle to breathe.”
All Bicycle Trek for Life & Breath proceeds support vital lung health and air quality research, education & advocacy. The event only requires each participant to raise $600 dollars, and all of your fundraising efforts go directly to our worthy cause. Join others who, like you, value the chance to make a difference and want to pay tribute to family, friends and loved ones who cherish every breath. To learn more or to register go to bicycletrek.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1.800.665.5864.