Bikers wed to the sport

Okotoks: Couple ties the knot at ride

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014 09:38 am

Sarah and Mike Beauchamp walk down the “aisle” after being wed at the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer overnight station in Okotoks on Aug. 9.
Sarah and Mike Beauchamp walk down the “aisle” after being wed at the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer overnight station in Okotoks on Aug. 9.
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Riding 100km through the scenic foothills to raise money for cancer was the second most exciting thing to happen to a pair of riders on the first day of the Ride to Conquer Cancer ride on Saturday.

The most exciting part of the day for Mike and Sarah Beauchamp was after the trek when they were wed at the overnight station at the Pason Centennial Arena fields after completing the first 100km of the ride.

“We got engaged at Christmas and we joked to Sean Dunnigan that maybe we get married at the ride,” Mike said.

Dunnigan is Judge Dunnigan who some in the foothills may have been before for a crime or two at the Okotoks provincial courthouse.

However, on Saturday he was presiding over approximately 40 of his A1 cycling team during the Beauchamps’ wedding vows. Two of those A1 riding members were Mike and Sarah.

A bike ride had been their second date.

As it turned out, having a wedding where cancer was being fought was the fitting thing.

“We made the announcement that we were going to do this after we figured out that Sean wasn’t joking,” Sarah said. “A few weeks after the announcement we found out my mom had cancer. That was tough, but all in all she has had a good prognosis.

“She is here today and walked me down the aisle.”

A newlywed gets special treatment on the ride.

Although Mike had booked a tent for the overnight accommodations at the field, a member of the wedding party provide a hotel room for the Beauchamps.

Dunnigan, who completed the ride with his A1 teammates, lost his wife to cancer earlier this year.

“I can’t think of a better perk of the job as judge than to be able to perform a wedding ceremony while the backside of my legs are raw from pedalling in the fight against cancer,” Dunnigan quipped during the ceremony.


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