Dude, Mini Dude, & TheRob's 2019 R2S

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2018 Ride & Recap here: https://www.takethepiss.com/threads/dude-mini-dudes-2018-ride-2-survive.22759/

This is the last one, I swear. It’s the last goodbye.

The organizers of the R2S- Kerry and Vicky Kunzli- will not be running another R2S next year, at least not in the same format that has us ride 400 KM from Kelowna to Delta on June 22nd. Just so happens this is the 15th anniversary. It’s my 11th R2S, it is Mini-Dude’s 6th, and @TheRob’s FIRST! Over the years, I bet TTP Donors have contributed over $30K. A lot of dough.

Dude & Mini Dude’s donation page: http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/Otherspecialevents/IFE_BC_odd_?px=7798004&pg=personal&fr_id=24412

@TheRob ‘s donation page: http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/Otherspecialevents/IFE_BC_odd_?px=8436838&pg=personal&fr_id=24412

That’s right, he has thrown his hat into the ring. He’s been threatening for years, and this year, upon hearing about it being the last, signed up. Then bought a bike. He’s been wearing spandex ever since.

Why thy are pulling the plug…logistics, and manpower. Likely they will resurrect in some other form of fundraising event that is easier to manage.

The nice thing about R2S is that it is 100% efficient, in that, not one dollar of the money donors donate gets taken off the top to pay for administrative expenses. 100% of the donations pass straight through Canadian Cancer Society overhead and into a research fun of R2S’ choosing. We as riders pay for the expenses and permit associated with the event, and we also receive donations in kind to help run the event. Cops give up their days off to escort us, as do paramedics. Delta Police Department donates the cruisers. Ambulances are by donation. Busses and the drivers are by donation. Food vehicles by donation. Food by donation. An army of volunteers that move in a (very impressive) caravan both ahead and behind the peloton package from 3:30 AM in Kelowna till somewhere around 11:00 PM in Delta. Managing and organizing this beast is almost a full time, year round job for the Kunzli’s, and it’s gotten to the point that they are understandably burned out. Problem is, anyone wanting to take on the event want to turn it into a profit center, much like most fundraisers out there. So, instead of selling it, they are shutting it down…in this format, anyhow. Something else, something less logistically difficult will rise from the ashes. Won't be as epic as riding 400 KM in one day, though.

It's been a wild 11 years for me. I first started doing this thing as a tribute to my father in law, who was battling multiple myeloma. Then, it became a thing I kept doing because, firstly, it meant a lot to my family. Especially my wife and kids, and especially Michael. Secondly, I became very loyal to the people involved. As I’ve pointed out before, you feel pretty humble when you walk into a room full of others that are really generous with their time and efforts for a cause bigger than themselves.

We have started out LATE on the fundraising train. Literally, today is day one of our efforts. Michael is currently in Germany taking some classes and drinking a lot of beer. He’ll be back in about a month, and knows he has a short window to get trained up and ready. I have no doubt he will be. Oh, to be young. When he gets back he’ll participate in another one of those poll sits he did last year and likely raise all he needs to.

I’ve been on a good training plan and about where I was last year, and I had a very strong ride, so trending well.

So…like I say every year, my cause it not your cause. If this cause is close to you, this is great bang for your donation buck.

Thanks for checking this out. More on R2S, www.r2s.ca .
 

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Don't I suck.

I've been very negligent on my fundraising, but out of the blue today, two TTPers- who've supported me from the beginning- chipped in.

Thanks to both @Kurgen & @sixfyv for the yearly donations.
 
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Mini Dude came back from his European trip yesterday. A couple of months in Germany learning the language, drinking cheap beer, and a couple of weeks in Ireland backpacking. Got to have packed on 15-20 lbs! He's a little bit fat!

For him training starts this weekend, and by the sounds of it, every day for the next month will be spent in the saddle.

He also has to get on our fundraising. TheRob, bastard, is done. :D
 
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