Today we're excited to announce an event we've had in the works for a long time - a Spinathon with all funds raised going to the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation.
On January 29th, participants will bring their bikes and trainers to The Base by RVH to put in some indoor trainer time for a good cause. Participants will have a chance at winning some great prizes courtesy of our sponsors.
The origins of this event started when myself and Coleman secured entry into the 2017 Cape Epic. In 2015 when we raced it for the first time, there was a modest amount of local interest in the story of 2 amateur cyclists taking on a race that has been dubbed the 'Tour de France of mountain biking.' We appeared on CTV and Global News in the lead-up.
With the allure of the preperation of an event of the Cape Epic's magnitude while living in one of the world's most northern cities, we decided we wanted to put our 15 minutes of fame towards a good cause. We agreed to partner up with the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation, raising donations while we train and prepare for the Cape Epic. It's one thing to hit up our friends and family for donations (and we want send immense thanks to those who have already donated), but simple cold-calls for donations can only go so far. We started brainstorming events that we could host to raise some money that would directly to the Stollery. We toyed around with the idea of a fat-bike race, but that segment has almost hit saturation with multiple events running throughout Alberta from November to February.
Selfishly, we also considered that any sort of event we host could also serve double-duty as a training opportunity. Some big miles are needed to prepare for an 8 day race in March, and motivation can be lacking during a cold winter. As we racked our brains, we thought about a Spinathon. It was the perfect event - it gave us the chance to do a big block of riding indoors with some added motivation in the form of participants joining us. We approached The Base by River Valley Health about using their location as a venue, to which they immediately agreed. So it was set - we'd invite people to join our Spinathon, raise some funds, and join us for as long as they wanted on January 29th.
We'll be there spinning for 8 hours, from 8 am to 4 pm, but participants can ride for as little or as long as they want. RVH trainers will lead group-led stretches and breaks, have limited massage therapy treatment available for free on-site, and have their Protein Bar open, serving smoothies and light sports nutrition all event.
For full event details, visit the Spinathon 4 the Stollery event page by clicking here.
Please share this with anyone you think may be interested! The more the merrier when it comes to suffering through a long day of riding an indoor trainer! :)