More than 1,500 people have registered to hop on their bikes this weekend all in support of the MS Society.
Participants will start their journey in the MS Bike Tour bright and early Saturday at the Grand Bend Motorplex and ride to Western University in London.
Then on Sunday, they’ll make their return trip to Grand Bend, all the while raising awareness of multiple sclerosis and fundraising to find a cure.
Country 104 morning host Andrea Dunn, who was diagnosed with MS six years ago, will be taking part in the bike tour for the second time.
“I kind of had it as like a bucket list sort of thing. That’s something I would love to be able to say I did: ‘hey, I got on a bike and I rode my bike 150 km’. It just sounded like something I felt like, let me try and do it. I did it last year for the first time and I felt amazing,” says Dunn.
“I had a team of people with me so that made it a lot of fun, we all rode together and it just turned out to be a great day. So for me it was just a bucket list thing and now doing it again for the second time? It’s just fun! I actually really enjoyed it; it’s hard but it’s fun.”
Speaking on The Pulse with Devon Peacock on AM980, Dunn added that she’s expecting to improve on her timing this year.
“A friend of mine at Trek, he works at Trek bicycles, he hooked me up with a bike that’s custom fit for me. It’s awesome. Just training on that bike, it’s already been faster than last year so I think my time will be better just based on the bike. It’s not a race, they say that, you don’t have to rush through. Enjoy all the checkpoints, enjoy time talking to people. Sit down, have lunch – we have lunch at the Ilderton Arena – enjoy all of the festivities and everything with the bike tour.”
Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world.
The MS Bike Tour, held in communities across Canada, is North America’s largest cycling series and last year the Grand Bend to London event brought in $1.3-million. This year’s goal is $1.345-million with 80% having already been raised as of Friday afternoon.
For more information or to donate, head to the MS Bike Grand Bend to London website.