Rick Wolcott

Rider

Age: 

68

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Retired- teacher Westcoast Native Carving

What is your bike's name?: 

Rhiannon

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Intermediate

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

First year as a rider, two years driving ambulance.

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

Lost my eldest daughter to cancer and really believe in the work that the Wellspring does with their support of cancer patients / survivors and their families.

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

It's Just a Shot away - Rolling Stones, This is the Life - Amy Mcdonald, Caribbean Queen - Billy Ocean, Bruha Bembe - Dr. John, Waiting on a Friend - Rolling Stones, Clocks -Cold Play, Long Train a Runnin' - Doobie Bros.

Who are you riding for?: 

For all those who need the Wellspring Calgary support in the next year.

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

To complete the challenge of riding this far. A brief chance to see the East Coast of the USA. I've heard that the fall colors are breathtaking. I will be pulling our bicycle trailer back to Calgary and am looking forward to that trip, and visiting a few friends along the way.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

Fall colors in the country side, getting to know better the great companions I will be with on the ride.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

Early winter storms - snow and ice on the roads. Rubbing tires with other riders, flat tires. Crazy pick up truck drivers.

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

Lost my eldest daughter to cancer.

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

Nothing, but I would make sure that it would never leave that room!

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

I think of a pack of 5 wolves I followed alongside going into Jasper in a Forestry truck for 20 km on a still moonlit winter night and I remember how effortlessly they ran in a Peloton along a frozen, snow covered river. Each in turn taking the lead.

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