As the Tour’s title partner, Enbridge is dedicated to bringing more moments to Albertans facing cancer. Over the past 14 years, they have raised more than $6.3 million to fund world-class care and research.
A part of Team Enbridge, Max Chan and Ben Tsui are two of our top fundraisers for 2022. With the help of their team, they have set out to raise another $300,000 this year—a goal they quickly surpassed.
On July 23 and 24, Max Chan plans to mountain bike 100km as a virtual participant.
Max originally became involved with the Enbridge Tour Alberta for Cancer five years ago, when he joined as a volunteer. This will be his second year participating in the ride, which he considers “a celebration of the progress we have made towards battling cancer and more personally, another opportunity for me to celebrate beating cancer.”
In 2020, Max was diagnosed with kidney cancer, which he has thankfully recovered from. Although he volunteered his time to the cause years previously, the last two Tours have taken on a personal significance for Max, and driven him to push his fundraising potential even further.
He took to his own route last year, and with a friend by his side, pedaled to the top of Panorama, a picturesque terrain located in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern British Columbia. He has prepared for 2022’s Tour by consistently training and maintaining a keen focus on his fundraising efforts.
Ben Tsui will be joining us in-person at the Calgary Polo Club, and cycling 200km on July 23 and 24.
Like Max, Ben first became involved with the Tour as a volunteer. He was an avid mountain biker at the time, but a year later, bought his first road bike and has ridden in every event since.
In 2014, Ben noticed a lump near his jaw while shaving. He was diagnosed with a cancerous parotid tumor, which was surgically removed. “I’m in a place now to share my story,” he says. “I hope that it helps others not only seek help but get treatment–I consider myself a poster boy for early detection.” His experience motivated him to fundraise to beat cancer, however, he also rides for his mother who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, his mother-in-law who is a survivor, and his friends and colleagues who face this disease.
Due to the pandemic, Ben took his own route last year as well. He rode alongside his teammates through the Bow Valley Parkway between Banff and Lake Louise and explains that “the friendship was as spectacular as the views. I only expect the [camaraderie I experienced] to be dialed up this year [at the in-person event] as we tackle new roads with other teams.”
Being a year-round cyclist, he prepared for 2022’s Tour by adding more structure to his training regimen in the winter months. He looks forward to the positive energy and emotion that will be present on July 23 and 24, and seeing all the friendly faces that will come out to show their support.
Max and Ben’s advice for riders taking on the challenge for the first time:
“Everyone has their own personal reasons for why this is important to you. Don’t lose sight of that. It’s not just about the distance, but raising awareness and funds for this important cause.”
– Max Chan
“Dress right, fuel right. But ultimately, there is no substitute for ‘seat time.’ Get your rear end used to spending time in the saddle.”
– Ben Tsui
Thank you to Max, Ben, and all of Team Enbridge for your continuous support and contributions.