Raymond James Team Rides to Conquer Cancer
A Raymond James team led by James Schikkerling, Portfolio Manager, participated in their fifth Ride to Conquer Cancer in August 2015. And what a ride it was!
The team gave a heroic effort, not only with all the fundraising and training but also for completing the ride under truly grueling conditions. The small BC team of 15 riders raised over $71,400 this year! The total, since 2011, is now just over $306,000. As team founder and former captain, Rob Kolenc, also from Raymond James Cathedral Vancouver branch, would say "that's a lot of test tubes!" Raymond James is very proud of the teamâ€™s continued and tremendous effort.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer 2015 Recap
On race day, when Vancouver was struck by a brutal wind storm that resulted in the single largest outage event' in BC Hydro history, the intrepid members of the cycling team battled merciless headwinds and crosswinds, downed trees and power lines.
Saturday morning kicked off with torrential rainfall during the opening ceremonies; it soon relented but only to be replaced by howling winds. As the morning wore on, the winds picked up, eventually reaching speeds of over 80km per hour. Cross-winds forced riders to lean dangerously into the gusts in order to remain upright. Eventually, the howling winds brought down large branches and even entire trees. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. The ride organizers were forced to close the route for the day, but not before scores of riders were already beyond the point of cancelation.
Despite these conditions, more than half the team fought their way across the finish line, by staying ahead of the pack and taking significant detours. They faced moments of disheartenment and despair, but sheer determination and will power pushed them to the finish. Three Raymond James team members were among the first eight people to arrive at camp. Day two of the race was less dramatic, but still grueling as extra mileage was required in order to detour around obstacles still on the course from the day before. Crossing the final finish line in Seattle was an incredibly rewarding moment for the whole team.
Raymond James wants to congratulate our team on their tremendous efforts.