Over the past seven years, RBC has fundraised more than $730K to bring hope to Albertans facing cancer and is one of the Tour’s Northern Lights sponsors. This year, they aim to raise another $100K with the support of Team RBC.
Sean Baylis is one of the team’s captains and will be participating in his ninth Tour this year. He’s riding in honour of his colleague Kelly Mitchell, and Team RBC member Nancy Barnes, who sadly passed from cancer. As he explains, this cause is important to him because he has “fought this terrible disease, and watched it take a terrible toll on many family members and friends.”
Already equipped with a love for cycling prior to his first event, Sean was originally inspired to take on the challenge by his colleague Tyson MacDonald.
With nearly a decade of Tour experience, he knows that long-distance rides are best approached in small increments.
Sean will be joining us in-person at the Calgary Polo Club on July 23 and 24, and cycling 200km. His advice for first-time Tour-goers is to “Train in increments of 50, 60, 70, 80, and 100km rides.”
Over the past few months, his training routine has included riding the beautiful Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail that connects Canmore and Banff, while also working in daily Peloton sessions.
He looks forward to connecting with the thousands of riders who will be present in support of the courageous Albertans facing cancer both during the ride and at its festivities, and hearing the impactful stories that have brought so many participants there. He’s garnered some of his greatest memories from his involvement with the Tour over the past nine years.