Bill Gilliland

Rider

Age: 

49

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Bike trip organizer and lawyer

What is your bike's name?: 

"what, another bike?" - named by my daughter

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Advanced

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

2 years. '10 and '11

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

I'm riding in the Peloton this year (and the last two years) to show support for my Warrior's family, our closest family friends. The Mom recently passed away after fighting cancer for over two years. My daughter called her "her second mom". I hope that my kids see that in the face of a friend's cancer diagnosis, we have the ability to do something positive and make a difference.

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

It varies but currently: We weren't born to follow - Bon Jovi, Magic power - Triumph, Somebody's Out there - Triumph, Invincible - Hedley, Breathe - Ryan Star.

Who are you riding for?: 

I'm riding in the Peloton this year (and the last two years) to show support for my Warrior's family, our closest family friends. The Mom recently passed away after fighting cancer for over two years. My daughter called her "her second mom". I hope that my kids see that in the face of a friend's cancer diagnosis we have ability to do something positive and make a difference.

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

The last two years we've gone from Calgary to Austin, Texas. This year, I'm looking forward to spending another 10 days on the road with a great group of people, all of whom I hope will become friends, seeing big parts of two countries and enjoying the Dempsey Challenge.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

I'm looking forward to doing the ride with my wife (Lavina), finding the best pancake and egg diners between Calgary and Lewiston, unlimited peanut butter sandwiches and riding through the White Mountains.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

My biggest fear is that we need to use the ambulance for a real emergency.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

Too many people get diagnosed with cancer. We need to find a way to get rid of it, but in the meantime we need to support facilities like Wellspring and the Dempsey Center who help people living and dealing with cancer. Friends battling cancer and their families have inspired me to get involved with Cancervive and the Peloton ride.

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

I'm polite, and would say "No thanks, not interested."

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

I wear a yellow "Livestrong" band. When riding gets tough I look at that and think about people I know going through chemo and radiation, and somehow the riding doesn't seem that tough after all.

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