Three-years post double lung transplant, West-Coaster Paul Underhill is setting out to complete the longest ride of his life to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis– a condition he was born with. Of the 22 cyclists participating in the GearUp4CF event, Paul is one of three cyclists with Cystic Fibrosis.
The group of cyclists will gather in White Rock this Saturday to begin the nine-day ride. The 1200-kilometer cross-province climb will end (for some) in Banff on Sunday, June 29 at which point Paul and three other cyclists will ride onto Calgary finishing at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
The cyclists will encounter several challenging summits throughout the course of the ride including Anarchist Summit outside of Osoyous and a grueling 25-kilometer climb up to the Kootenay Pass Summit. The group will also be privy to spectacular views along the 145-kilometer stretch from Rossland to Creston – the highest paved road in Canada that is open year-round at 1,773 meters.
Aside from Cliff bars and Rumble, the cyclists will pack back-up materials on the off chance they run into issues before Banff city limits. Last year’s ride left Paul with five flats and two shredded tires from debris.
In 2013, GearUp4CF raised $260,000. This year, the team has set out to reach a goal of $300,000. All of the funds raised by the charity event will go towards finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.
For donation information please visit his donation page.