Marshall Cole

Rider

Age: 

26

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Customer Service Rep

What is your bike's name?: 

The Reaper

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Intermediate

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

This is my first Peloton ride

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

To be able to show people the impact that cancer can have on someone's life, but also that it doesn't prevent you from being able to achieve large goals.

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

- Any Andrew W.K. song - The Specials, Ghost Town - The Who, Baba O' Riley - The Stone Roses, Waterfall - Queens of the Stone Age, Millionaire

Who are you riding for?: 

Those I know who have dealt with cancer, including myself, and anyone else that may have to experience cancer in the future. You can't give up.

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

Hearing everyone else's experiences, and being able to connect with everyone taking part with the peloton.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

Working together as a team to ride all the way to Maine. I want to walk away from this with multiple connections from everyone on the ride.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

Having something go wrong that may prevent me from riding with my team for the whole distance.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

It has opened my eyes in terms of needing to take chances, and to live my life with no restrictions. I'm not sure I would have been interested in being part of this ride if I had not had cancer.

If you have cancer, what is your diagnosis?: 

In June 2011, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

What treatments have you undergone?: 

One day after diagnosis, I had surgery to remove the cancer. A bit over one year later, I am still cancer free. Looking forward to year 5.

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

I don't think I would be very nice. I'm sure I would ask it to leave promptly, and forever. Just imagine being in the same room as an arch nemesis, I can't see that ending well.

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

The people I am riding with, and knowing that there is an end to the effort. It's not always going to be hard, so you have to look ahead, and feed off of others' energy.

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