GranFondo Weekend Contest – Sept. 6 -8, 2014

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A little over a year ago last September my brother and I were riding our bikes from Whistler to Pemberton.  At the time, my brother was on a hybrid, I was on my road bike.  I had several concerns about my brother’s ability to make the ride.  First, he was on a hybrid!  There are numerous mountain hills between Whistler and Pemberton, not an easy ride on a hybrid, and certainly not an easy ride for a novice, which my brother was.  Secondly, my brother had never been known for his athletic prowess, which is not to say he didn’t have the ability, he simply never had the desire.  This had always been the difference between us.  I engaged throughout my life in any and all athletic opportunities, enjoying working out as much as competing.  My brother was the musical one!

When I returned to BC to open my Chiropractic Clinic, part of my intention was to encourage my patients and members of my community to engage in lifelong physical activities; basically to get themselves in “motion”.  Working with athletes of all kind has been my passion, and promoting an active lifestyle for all ages is a part of my core practice.  I was also excited to start working-out with my brother in an effort to increase his fitness level.  We started hitting the gym, and while in Whistler for a short vacation, decided to tackle his first bike ride of any magnitude.

It was a great success.  He was completely exhausted, but truly invigorated.  He made it, and on a hybrid yet!!!  Imagine how well he would do on an actual road bike.  And so began his goal of entering the 2013 GranFondo from Vancouver to Whistler! 

I share this story because of how inspiring it can be for any of us to set a goal and see it through.  My brother and I completed the 2013 GranFondo together.  It was an awesome event!  There were so many people from all walks of life, and all ability levels,  each riding for their own personal reasons and achievement.  I decided then that I wanted to encourage others to participate in 2014’s GranFondo.  What better way than to offer a contest to win a two nights stay at one of Canada’s top rated Hotels in Whistler.  Whether you actually participate in the GranFondo or not, being there for the weekend, cheering on the participants and catching the wave of inspiration that is at the heart of this event, will hopefully encourage you to set your own fitness/activities goals.  Perhaps it may even ignite a new passion, like it has for my brother.  He not only works out regularly now, he rides with his Vancouver bike club, and is a regular at the Burnaby Velodrome, even winning a few races this season!  His transformation has been astounding! 


Like us on Facebook and you will be automatically entered into a draw to win:

2 night stay for two at #1 ranked hotel for, First Tracks Lodge, Whistler

Located at the base of Whistler Mountain, Creekside.

This one bedroom suite features:   living room, dining room, and full kitchen. 

Amenities include:  year round outdoor pool, hot tub, exercise room

Arrival date:  September 6, 2014

Departure date:  September 8, 2014

Must be 18 years or older to enter

Non transferable

Draw will be made August 23, 2014.

Winner will be contacted directly.


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