Fête du drapeau
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West Nipissing Remembers
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by Isabel Mosseler
It pelted rain, then it drizzled, then it poured some more, but that didn’t stop 125 intrepid cyclists from participating in the second annual West Nipissing Cycle for Charity event, held Sunday, June 4th. Cyclists ranging from kids aged 9 and 10, teens and adults all the way up to Mr. Guy Gaudreau, who will be 86 next month, donned their helmets and their wet weather gear and decided that they themselves would be the rays of sunshine.
At 10 am, the cyclists followed a WN Fire Service fire truck from the Caisse populaire in Sturgeon Falls to begin the journey to Lavigne and beyond. They smiled, laughed, waved and encouraged each other, turning a wet and grey day into a joyful event.
Organizers Dan and Cynthia Roveda were initially concerned about the weather, but ended up ecstatic at the response of the participants. “Even though it rained most of the time, everybody was really happy. Even though some didn’t come because of the rain (we did have some no-shows), we had 151 registered, and there were 125 that rode. …We increased by 3 times the number of people doing the 100km and 150km runs over last year!”
Indeed, 45 people signed up to complete the run all the way to North Monetville and the longest to the Beausejour motel in Alban. “What’s neat is that people have moved up to the 100km, because the 50km is not challenging anymore,” said Dan Roveda, adding that about 75% of the participants were residents of West Nipissing. “People came equipped, dressed accordingly, and at times it was pouring. But nobody complained! …People were all smiles! …Cynthia and I have been organizing since February 27, and I was kind of down because [of the rain] but logistically you can’t cancel… We had people from Chelsea, from Newmarket, from Temiscamingue, PQ, from Timmins, from Sudbury and North Bay.”