Consider riding with us on Sunday September 17th 2017 to Honour Sue Wells and Raise Money For Research through ALS Canada
The Route: 45km 85km 150km
Choose from one of the well-marked distances noted above. Maps of the routes will be posted soon. Watch this space for the Ride Guide!
The ride begins at Charles Hoey Park across from Cycle Therapy Bikes in Duncan and ends at Red Arrow Brewery on Chaster Road. Although there is parking close byCharles Hoey Park, you may wish to choose to parkyour car closer to the end of the ride. Red Arrow has requested that none of the ride participants park in their Brewery parking lot as it has limited parking available for their regular customers. There is lots of parking available at the Parhar Business Park on Chaster Road very near Red Arrow Breewery and it will be clearly signed. That leaves your car close to the finish line so you can grab your personal belongings easily after the ride. It is a very short ride from Chaster Road to the ride start on Duncan Street in downtown Duncan. Just pop up Allenby to the bridge... across the bridge and continue on into downtown Duncan... turn right on Ingram, ride across the tracks then turn right on Ducnan Street. You can't miss the park! Check out the map here!
If you are able to come by Cycle Therapy Bikes on Saturday the 16th between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. you can pick up your swag bag that also has your ride number and your food and beverage bracelet. Otherwise, plan to arrive early on Sunday morning for your package pick-up.
The Sue Wells Ride For ALS Research
Where: Duncan and The Cowichan Valley
When: Sunday September 17th 2017
Registration Fees (All Distances)
*Youth $35.00 + $2.00 processing fee = $37.00
Add $5.00 after 15 September.
*Adult & Masters $65.00 + $2.00 processing fee = $67.00
Add $5.00 after 15 September.
Fees include an after-ride BBQ (A Just Jakes beef or vege burger & choice of salads) & Beverage (Red Arrow brew or water or pop) plus a seriously cool swag bag filled with cool stuff!
A Little About Sue... Our friend, Sue Wells passed away on Tuesday March 14th 2017 after grappling, heroically, with ALS for three years. Her body was lovingly placed in a very simple plywood casket that she designed so that her many friends could decorate it with art and poetry during the wake… and they did just that… beautifully and thoughtfully.
Sue was a complex and wonderful woman who touched so many lives and communities here in the Cowichan Valley. She was an artist and potter. She started the first organic grocery store here and on Haida Gwaii many years ago and was instrumental in changing the way people eat. She was a dragon boater, a wharfinger, a librarian and a geographer. She worked in South America and Africa during her life and loved nothing more than to travel and more importantly to be outdoors.
Sue was not one to wind up bed-ridden by this terrible disease. Just a few days before her death we took her to the local swimming pool so she could go for a water-walk and float around for fun in the “river” with two of us holding her steady, fore and aft while she giggled with delight. In fact, she got to the pool once or twice a week right up to the end. Not only that, but Sue actually got outdoors one way or another almost every single day. Once a week until just a few weeks before she died she even went horse-back riding at the Therapeutic Riding Centre at Providence Farm, a place she once worked as a volunteer and that she loved with all her heart. With help, she got up and dressed every day and she stayed busy. Her schedule was staggeringly full. She stayed vibrant and engaged right to the very end. Sue Wells was an extraordinary human being. If you never got to meet her hopefully you will now feel that have had a glimpse into her extraordinary life.
After the ride we organized to raise money for ALS Research in 2016, I asked Sue how she would feel about having the ride named after her going forward. She gave me one of her lovely coy smiles and told me that she would like that. Going forward this ride will be called the Sue Wells Ride for ALS Research in her honour.
Sue will be missed every day by so many people. Her son Cameron, her daughter Loiuse, her grandaughter Abby, and her parents and siblings in the US as well as many of us here in the Cowichan Valley and on Haida Gwaii whose lives she touched so deeply. She is in our hearts and minds and I believe that her generous and unflagging spirit during her life and in the midst of her battle with ALS profoundly changed the way many of us now view death… and life.
Sandra Beggs, Duncan, BC 2017.