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INSPIRED TO RIDE

sprocket

A DECADE AND MORE


DEDICATION, PERSEVERANCE

As with most things in life there are poignant moments that defines our sense of self. For me it was when I heard my mother had pancreatic cancer. Driven by a desire to do something, I decided to register for the 2009 Ride to Conquer Cancer. I raised about $3500 that first year. All went according to plan. My Mom had her surgery which went well enough that she was able to make it to Niagara to see me cross the finish line just 6 months out of the hospital. It felt good to do something and it felt good to have my whole family with me, including my Mom and Dad. The good was not to last. Two weeks later both my parents were killed in an automobile accident while driving to my mother's chemotherapy appointments.

BIRTH OF A TEAM



After the tragic loss of my parents I felt empty. Cycling provided a positive outlet to help me deal with this very real and raw emotion. In the beginning I had only planned to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer once, but now it was to take a central role in my life. I registered again for the 2010 ride and hit a family member up for a donation. They did me one better, they registered for the ride as well. A team was born. It didn't stop there. One by one my brothers and sisters and their significant others joined me as well. Those who weren't riding, acted in a support role. Each of us had a role that would eventually grow this team from a rider of one to what the team is today. It was here where my love for the sport of road cycling was born.


At the height of the team we had 35 riders with a support crew of 8. We had team kit, road signage for the routes, support drivers, a website, even an event vehicle, washroom and all. We also had photographers taking shots and shooting video which was then turned into small productions. It was my team and life was good. I was having fun which in turn helped ease my anger. The team became my hobby. It encouraged me to learn about website design, graphics, motion graphics, jersey design and a host of other things I felt I needed and wanted to learn. I figured if I could create a team big on bling it would make people want to join. More members meant more donations and at the end of the the day this team existed for one purpose and one purpose only; to raise as much money as possible for cancer. Throughout the course of running the team, we designed training routes that were spread throughout Southern Ontario. We spread the routes out because our team roster was spread out. All of these routes were posted on the team website that was designed and administered by myself.


I relinquished the role of team captain for the 2013 ride to pursue other goals. That team eventually folded after completing the 2015 season. Subsequently my new team was born in 2014 and survives to this day. When I left my first team the team website left with me. All those routes, all that information that was created over three years of leading this great team was no longer available. This is where socycling.ca comes in. I decided to create a new site to showcase how much variety there is in Southern Ontario for cycling. New routes are constantly being added.


My name is Lance Donnelly and I'm the captain of TEAM BODY GO. I've been team building and fundraising for cancer for over a decade and I encourage all of you to join me. I'm here to share my passion for cycling. I'm here to join the fight against cancer. I do this in memory of my parents. I do this for all of you. We have had great success over the years and with a little bit of luck and steadfast determination we'll have many more to come. And while you're out there cycling the roads of Southern Ontario please remember to always wear a helmet, respect the rules of the road, foster a good relationship with other users of the road and above all else, have fun.

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sprocket

A DECADE AND MORE


DEDICATION, PERSEVERANCE

As with most things in life there are poignant moments that defines our sense of self. For me it was when I heard my mother had pancreatic cancer. Driven by a desire to do something, I decided to register for the 2009 Ride to Conquer Cancer. I raised about $3500 that first year. All went according to plan. My Mom had her surgery which well enough that she was able to make it to Niagara to see me cross the finish line just 6 months out of the hospital. It felt good to do something and it felt good to have my whole family with me, including my Mom and Dad. The good was not to last. Two weeks later both my parents were killed in an automobile accident while driving to one of my mother's chemotherapy appointments.

BIRTH OF A TEAM

After the tragic loss of my parents I felt empty. Cycling provided a positive outlet to help me deal with this very real and raw emotion. In the beginning I had only planned to do the Ride to Conquer Cancer once, but now it was to take a central role in my life. I registered again for the 2010 ride and hit a family member up for a donation. They did me one better, they registered for the ride as well. A team was born. It didn't stop there. One by one my brothers and sisters and their significant others joined me as well. Those who weren't riding, acted in a support role. Each of us had a role that would eventually grow this team from a rider of one to what the team is today. It was here where my love for the sport of road cycling was born.


At the height of the team we had 35 riders with a support crew of 8. We had team kit, road signage for the routes, support drivers, a website, even an event vehicle, washroom and all. We also had photographers taking shots and shooting video which was then turned into small productions. It was my team and life was good. I was having fun which in turn helped ease my anger. The team became a toy. It encouraged me to learn about website design, graphics, motion graphics, jersey design and a host of other things I felt I needed and wanted to learn. I figured if I could create a team big on bling it would make people want to join. More members meant more donations and at the end of the the day this team existed for one purpose and one purpose only; to raise as much money as possible for cancer. Throughout the course of running the team, we designed training routes that were spread throughout Southern Ontario. We spread the routes out because our team roster was spread out. All of these routes were posted on the team website that was designed and administered by myself.

I relinquished the role of captain for the 2013 ride to pursue other goals. That team eventually folded after completing the 2015 season. Subsequently my new team was born in 2014 and survives to this day. When I left my first team the team website left with me. All those routes, all that information that was created over three years of leading this great team was no longer available. So this is where socycling.ca comes in. I decided to create a new site to showcase how much variety there is cycling in Southern Ontario. New routes are constantly being added.

My name is Lance Donnelly and I'm the captain of TEAM BODY GO. I've been team building and fundraising for cancer for over a decade now and I encourage all of you to join me. I'm here to share my passion for cycling. I'm here to join the fight against cancer. I do this in memory of my parents. I do this for all of you. And remember, as you explore this wonderful province please remember to always wear a helmet, respect the rules of the road, foster a good relationship with other users of the road and above all else, have fun.

Lance Donnelly
Lance Donnelly

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