Monday, September 30, 2013

Gorge-ous Event

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Gorge-ous Event
Lovena and Ryan
Everyone was a winner at the Gorge-ous Bike Ride! The age range of riders stretched from 3 to 65 and all who participated had smiles on their faces. We rode a combined total of 638km with 54 riders! 
Thank you to ever rider who participated, your spirit and energy was inspiring.
Your entry fees raised $1600 in donations for the Children’s Forest Trust and the Whaletown Commons Society. 
A huge thank-you to our sponsors: Gorge Harbour Marina Resort, SRD and Noba, CCCU, Hollyhock, Gathering Place, Naked Cycles (Quadra) and Island Timberlands for allowing use of the forest lands.

Bouquets of community roses to land owners: David Hughes, John Drew, and Ruth & Oliver who so kindly allowed us to pass through their lands!

Big thanks to the SCCA who secured event insurance for us, to the Whaletown Commons Society for organizational support and the RCMP who directed traffic on the roads.

We’d like to extend huge appreciation to the 20 plus volunteers who made the 2nd Annual Gorge-ous Bike Ride possible!

Thank you to course marshals: Lamme, Marc B, Alma, Deva, Ruth, Christine, Andrew, Richard, Conrad, Steve R, Kai, Kiera, Claire, Tiffany, Cheryl, Shannon, Matthew, Isabelle and Anthony.

Special thanks to Tamara and Silvia for set up and registration handling, Amber for being first aid on bike and course “sweeper”, Liz as Ambulance attendant, Miyako and Hayley for food preparation and set up, Rob, Chris and Craig for BBQing and Andrew from Dandy Horse for race prizes.

Thank you to Ester for taking photos and race support, to Kevin and Chelsea for their kindness and Bill and Tammy for being so easy to deal with!

Big thanks to Alex Bernier, our first volunteer, who has stood with us and helped make this event fly from first idea to fruition!

Last but definitely not least, big appreciation to Back Eddy and Mike D for a stellar performance and dance night!

Looks like there is going to be a 3rd Annual Gorge-ous Bike Ride. Feel free to email us with your suggestions or comments and let us know if you would like to help! We hope to see you riding (or running or walking) the amazing network of Cortes Forest Trails.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Gorge-ous Bike Ride

The Gorge-ous Bike Ride was an amazing event. Twenty nine riders participated in the personal challenge of riding 17km of trails and road! 
Thank you to our amazing volunteers: Richard A., Tamara, Christine, Conrad, Kai, Ella, Angelica, Bob, Adam B, Claudia, Glen, Mark and Craig.

Thank you to Ryan for the creative energy that made this race happen and to Alex who supported the endeavor whole heartedly! Thank you to Bill and Tammy and the Gorge Harbour Marina Resort for being our major sponsor and providing our dinner spread and free camping for registrants, and to our other sponsors, Hollyhock, Naked Cycles (Quadra), Gathering Place, Monkey Wrench Bikes, and Faultline TV. Thank you to Rebeka at Hollyhock, Lucy, Diane and Channel Rock for making us goodies to share. 

Thank you to the land owners who were so accommodating and flexible, allowing us to pass through their property, especially Island Timberlands, who waived their non-exclusive license fee.
Last thanks for our prizes from Corsa Cycles in Squamish, Race Face in Whistler, Republic Cycle in Brackendale and Swicked Cycle in Campbell River.

We look forward to bringing this economic initiative for our fo
rests and island to Cortes again next year! $700 was raised for the Children’s Forest Trust and the Whaletown Commons