Paris cyclist embarking on 580-km fundraising trek

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A Paris man is making ready for the journey of his life.

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Dale Corridor will embark on the three-day Bellwether Bike Trip from Ottawa to Paris on Aug. 12.

“We’re doing the journey for the Salvation Military Meals Financial institution that serves each Brantford and Brant County,” mentioned the 28-year-old household wealth adviser at Bellwether Household Wealth on Brant Avenue in Brantford.

“We all know the meals financial institution’s present van is transferring towards the tip of its profession, so the objective is to boost sufficient funds over a number of years to purchase the meals financial institution a refrigerated van to make logistics quite a bit simpler for them.”

He mentioned the inspiration for doing a summer time mission started in 2020, when the corporate desired to assist the meals financial institution take care of pandemic calls for, and fewer donations at the moment of yr.

“The meals financial institution operates year-round,” mentioned the bike owner. “We wish to fill the gaps for them as a lot as we will.”

Corridor took up severe biking in the summertime of 2019 when he participated in a fundraising relay journey round Lake Ontario.

“That was my first actual journey,” he mentioned. “It was a three-day relay, with every bike owner overlaying 250 to 300 kilometres.”

To organize for the journey, Corridor mentioned he combines low-intensity, lengthy distance using with excessive depth shorter exercises.

“It’s not completely flat… and the wind isn’t at all times at your again,” he defined. “On these moments on the hills, or when you’ve a head wind, to fulfill a sure time-frame you need to push a bit tougher.”

Corridor mentioned his 22-speed highway bike with a carbon fibre body will make conquering hills simpler.

The bike owner mentioned a trial model of the Bellwether Bike Trip was run in 2020 throughout pandemic lockdowns.

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“Biking Ontario and Biking Canada did counsel that we not journey in teams,” he recalled. “So, I did a solo effort, a one-day 250-kilometre loop elevating about $3,500 for the meals financial institution.”

Corridor developed a route that makes use of rural roads and paved trails as a lot as doable, to make the trek safer for each cyclists and motorists.

Corridor shall be using alone this yr however is actively recruiting riders for what is going to grow to be an annual occasion.

His spouse, Taylor, shall be his help driver, assembly him at designated spots alongside the journey.

After the journey’s first day touring from Ottawa to Kingston, Day 2 will observe waterfront trails from Kingston to Burlington. He’ll end the trek at Wincey Mills in Paris, on the forks of the Grand and Nith Rivers.

“The bike has already been in for a tune up at The Bicycle Store and it’s in working order,” Corridor mentioned. “I simply should get by way of a number of extra coaching miles within the subsequent month-and-a-half.”

For extra info and to donate go to the Bellwether Bike Trip web page on Fb.

bethompson@postmedia.com

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