A bike ride for four

Okotoks: Pictures inspires cyclist

By: Bruce Campbell

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

Members of Carol Breen’s team at the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. They are Alan Archibald, Reece Kosek, Pat Breen and Carol Breen.
Members of Carol Breen’s team at the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. They are Alan Archibald, Reece Kosek, Pat Breen and Carol Breen.
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An Okotoks cyclist had a bicycle-built-for-four as she completed a 200km ride last weekend.

“I rode for three people, a friend who is in remission and two people who have died of cancer,” said Carol Breen of Okotoks. “I had pictures of them on my crossbar.

“I admit that today when the hills were getting a little bit tough, I would look down at those pictures and think: ‘Hey for what those guys have gone through, this is just two days. Push through it.”

It wasn’t just the hills that were tough.

So was listening to the emotional speeches at opening ceremonies in Calgary on Saturday.

“It was very emotional at times,” Breen said. “There was a 13-year-old boy who had a brain tumor a year ago, and he told of doing similar rides like the one we were doing before this because he wasn’t old enough to be in this ride.

“He told about what this ride meant to him.”

Breen said while the ride was tiring, she was ready for it — regardless of the hills or the heat.

“The second day was a little bit tougher, but you get so pumped up when you see everybody riding, it keeps you going.”

Even life’s low points — like a hailstone breaking a window at the Breens’ home on Friday — is put into perspective after riding 200km to battle cancer.

She admits she was proud to ride into Okotoks and see her hometown as the host city for the overnight stay.

“To ride into Okotoks, you get a good feeling to wind-behind the arena there and see that sea of tents,” she said. “It made me feel proud. I had to stick around for a while because the atmosphere is so great.”

Carol rode and got support from her husband Pat, who also completed the ride.


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