Ernst & Young is one of the Tour’s Northern Lights sponsors, and has been working alongside the Alberta Cancer Foundation for the past eight years to fund local cancer research, care, and treatment. During this time, they have fundraised more than $210K, and are returning for their ninth year to continue to support the cause.
Scott Patrick, Captain of the EY Crankers, is riding alongside his team to raise another $25,000 this year. They will be joining us at the Calgary Polo Club on July 23 and 24, and appreciate that two routes will be available to make the ride accessible to more riders.
Like many participants, the EY Crankers are proud to ride in honour of their loved ones who have been affected by cancer. As Scott explains, “Cancer is always lurking, and we feel the need to do something to take control back from this villain. We don’t want to be afraid. We want to help people who might otherwise not get what they need to survive cancer.”
As a long-time Tour participant who has a love for cycling, Scott has been riding to and from work to prepare for this year’s event, while also integrating different rides into his weekend. His advice for first-time riders is to “Get on your bike five times a week to train your butt to be in a bike saddle, but don’t worry about hitting 100km training rides. The Tour is not a race of any kind and is so much more than a long ride. Enjoy the experience, talk to people at the rest stops and during lunch, and socialize in the evening. Prepare to have fun!”
He’s banked plenty of amazing memories from past Tours, and knows this year will be no different:
“My fellow EY Cranker Brent Cheung and I always look forward to the lady dressed as the clown, cheering us on at the rest stops. She made us smile and laugh every year.
The cheering at the finish line on Sunday is unreal, too. It literally makes you feel refreshed and want to go right over to the Tour table and sign up for the next year. It’s the best weekend of the year. I can’t remember a more meaningful or better spent 48 hours than those on the Tour.”
Thank you to Scott and all of the EY Crankers for your continuous support and contributions.