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Life Cycle Project: No Mountain is Larger Than Life

By DH Vancouver Staff, DH Vancouver Staff Jun 07, 2012 7:18 am

“There are no great (wo)men, only great challenges that ordinary (wo)men are forced by circumstances to meet.” William F. Halsey

On July 21, 2012, Debora De Napoli will embark on a 13-day mountain biking journey through the Rocky Mountains called “Life Cycle”. Debora’s personal goal is to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research and as such has had Life Cycle recognized as an individual event by the Canadian Cancer Society. Debora’s epic journey will be guided and sponsored by the world’s #1 mountain bike adventure company, Sacred Rides, while being filmed by Vancouver film-maker PureSouls as well as herself (using a GoPro camera donated by Comor Sports), to create one of very few women-centered mountain biking documentaries.

Life Cycle is a very personal journey; in the past three years, Debora has lost five family members to cancer, including her mother, an aunt and three uncles.  The idea behind creating this film is to not only raise cancer awareness but to chronicle 39-year-old woman’s physical, emotional and spiritual transformation, from couch potato to mountain warrior. With an incredible team of support behind her – including pro-riders Andreas Hestler and Marty Lazarski – Sacred Rides (tour guides of the Ultimate BC Adventure), her crew, and her supporters, including a cousin who is currently battling ovarian cancer, and her sister who has recently been diagnosed with the same ovarian cancer gene mutation, Debora has no intentions of looking back.

This documentary will take us with Debora through her entire journey; initial training in Vancouver, to 13-day voyage beginning in Fernie B.C., up and through the Rocky Mountains, and ending in Kananaskis, A.B.  While she trains for the ride of her life, Debora also awaits the results of her own genetic testing and cancer screening.

A passionate mountain biker, Debora has always dreamt of embarking on a truly amazing mountain biking adventure and looks for more female leads playing an active part in biking films. “A mountain bike film for women is unprecedented, and we expect it to do well on the film circuit. But this is a personal journey. Life Cycle is my passion, but it is also my struggle. Cancer has taken so many people I love, this ride will help me grieve and heal.  The film gives me an avenue to share my transformation with others; those who have been touched by cancer, those who love to ride, or both,” says Debora.

An intro video to Debora’s Life Cycle Project is available online and she is also chronicling her progress through her blog: and on Twitter: @DeboraLifeCycle.

As this is a project of passion and fundraiser for cancer research, Life Cycle is a zero-budget project that is wholly supported by the kindness of businesses, friends, and welcomed new-friends.  To support Debora’s journey or the cancer fundraiser, please visit .

DH Vancouver Staff
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