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While riding inside may or may not be boring, lets face it Keirin or any track race is very exciting, the draw of charity rides is that it brings out the whole family. It brings out the recreational rider, the occasional rider, it becomes an event and a mass ride. It creates a level of camaraderie amongst the participants, and for a few hours shows the people who design our cities just how many people want to ride.

It is the safe ride parents take kids on, and all of it raises not just money for a cause, but awareness, both for the cause, as well as for a more active lifestyles. My big problem with these rides has always been that the day after the DVP is shoulder to shoulder in cyclists, within hours it is back to being bumper to bumper in cars. But still they are great events

I know these rides are not about bike advocacy, yet at the same time every one of these rides is a moment when we see that there is a huge population of riders out there waiting for safe circumstances to ride. The loss may not be that great to the hospital financially, but it is a huge loss to the community at large. We need more rides not fewer if we are to show there is a sufficiently large cycling constituency to pressure politicians into improving road conditions for everyone. I am really sad to see the loss of this ride, especially as our family will not be able to participate in the Tour de Grand this year.

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