Scott Linklater

Rider

Age: 

43

Hometown: 

Calgary, Alberta

Occupation: 

Computer Analyst

What is your bike's name?: 

Giant OCR

What is your level of experience with cycling?: 

Advanced

How many years have you done the peloton ride?: 

2 years: 06 and 07.

Why are you riding in the peloton?: 

Another chance to raise funds to help out a worthy cause. Providing programs and support to those going through cancer is immeasurable. They have helped out a number of my friends who have battled this disease.

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

Simple Man - Shinedown, Roll On - Kid Rock, New Shoes - Paolo Nutini, Everyday Things - David Usher, Drive by - Train.

Who are you riding for?: 

My buddy, Phil Heaton (my last warrior), who passed away after battling cancer for nearly 5 years.

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

There are tons of ways to donate to different causes, but I want to feel that I have physically tried to raise awareness and support, not just donated some money.

What are you looking forward to most?: 

Seeing all the crazy little towns between Calgary and Maine, and meeting a bunch of new riders.

What is your biggest fear for this journey?: 

Weather in October can be dicey!!???

How have you been affected by cancer?: 

My father has survived prostate cancer. Lost 2 really close friends to cancer over the past 5 years.

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

Why in the world would you want to inflict this kind of pain on so many wonderful people out there?

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

I think about friends/family that are going through treatments and they really don't know how things might turn out or how long this pain might go on for. For me, this leg of my ride is only temporary...it may hurt a bit now but I know that in a few hours it will be over and I can sit back and relax.

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