Andy Bailes

Rider

Age: 

52

Hometown: 

Bowdoinham, Maine

Occupation: 

Information Security

What is your bike's name?: 

The War Wagon

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Advanced

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

First time "Virgin"

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

I thought it would be an interesting experience while raising awareness and funds for the Dempsey Center.

What are your top 5 inspirational songs you listen to while riding?: 

Anything Boston, Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga. I like heavy metal 80's music. Poison, Def Leppard. I don't equate my favorite songs to riding though, just a beat or a rhythm. Many 80's songs have a great 95 to 100 cadence. I only listen to music in the winter on my trainer, loud if my wife isn't home.

Who are you riding for?: 

My 25 year old son Brandon. When he was 13 we almost lost him to cancer, but he kicked its ass! My wife Anne and I along with Brandon attacked cancer as a team. Anne took care of the insurance. I took care of all of the medical procedures, and we told Brandon his only job, only concern should be to get better. We told him to concentrate on that.

What do you hope to get out of the experience this year?: 

Satisfaction. Satisfaction that I can do the ride. Satisfaction knowing that the people who support me and donated to the Dempsey Center in my name will not be let down. Satisfaction in knowing services will be available at the Dempsey Center because of what I was able to accomplish.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

The journey. Meeting new people and seeing new places. Learning, teaching, sharing.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

I'm not really afraid of the ride, except I guess riding at night will be a new experience. I'm also not looking forward to crossing the Green and White mountains. We'll have to see.

If cancer walked into the room, what would you say to it?: 

Put 'm up

What makes you pedal harder—(when the riding gets tough, what do you think about)?: 

When I'm with a group, the group pulling away makes me pedal harder. When I'm alone, I make myself dig deeper. I guess I think about getting left behind, or fighting harder. Fighting. Fight. Be strong!

Comments

Ride on!

Wishing you the best on the Peloton Project ride. Wish I could ride along! Maybe some year! Put in a few peddle strokes for me, see you in Maine!

Ten Days To Go!

Andy, With ten days to go, I just want to say thank you! Can you believe you are going all the way out there just to pedal back? and all for an amazing cause. Best, Laura

Hang in there!

So proud of you, Andy! We are all pulling for you here at work! Be careful, stay strong and see you when you get back!!

Bravo~!

You don't know me, but I want to give you huge props for representing Maine and taking this challenging action for cancer awareness. Very proud of your dedication, and what an inspiration you are. I hope to be there in Lewiston as the Team arrives!

Way to go - finish strong!!

A Warrior in 2007, in Austin, TX, I look forward to being a part to the Dempsey Weekend, and meeting you Friday with the rest of the Warriors and Riders. I am from Edmonton - I am a challenge rider, and good friends with Laurel on Team 5, her main squeeze Rick, and her secondary squeeze Gregg!!! The Peloton journey is epic - the film will be so highly anticipated.....very proud of you all, and we will have a GREAT Maine weekend.

Warm Wishes

"Warm" wishes from the Gritty's G3 Team and Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club. We look forward to seeing you very soon. We are all very proud of you and I am so glad we were able to help in a small way. That was the easy part. Good luck over the next 3.

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