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Cycling BC Evening of Champions Raises Over $150,000 and Honours Supporters and Athletes + PHOTOS

by pedalmag.com
B.C. athletes display their many jerseys  ©  Heinz Ruckemann
October 06, 2017 (Vancouver, B.C.) – The 5th annual Evening of Champions gala fundraising dinner hosted by Cycling BC was a massive success once again raising over $150,000 as 265 supporters and athletes gathered at the Vancouver Convention Centre to share a glass and celebrate another milestone year.

Alex Stieda (l) and Richard Wooles  ©  Heinz Ruckemann
MC’d by Richard Wooles and Alex Stieda, the who’s who of cycling joined special guests like Pierre Lafontaine, CEO of Cycling Canada and countless stars, Olympians, Paralympians, and world champions such as Catharine Pendrel, Tristen Chernove, Maggie Coles-Lyster, Tory Nyhaug, Aiden Caves, Holden Jones, Sandra Walter, Sara Bergen, Gillian Ellsay, Erin Atwell and many more riders.

Catharine Pendrel and Evan Guthrie  ©  Heinz Ruckemann
Pierre Lafontaine  ©  Heinz Ruckemann
About 2/3 of the guests were corporate supporters such as Hayward Securities including former hockey greats like Trevor Linden.

Trevor Linden  ©  Heinz Ruckemann
Richard Wooles with Hayward Securities guests  ©  Heinz Ruckemann
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of a cheque for $61,750 to Cycling Canada for a Canadian Junior Cycling Development Fund launched by Wooles in late Sept. – his 45th birthday present to the sport – with a goal of $25,000 that some guests contributed $10,000 to on the spot.

(l-r) Holden Jones, Maggie Coles-Lyster, Pierre Lafontaine and $61,750 cheque for Junior Development  ©  Heinz Ruckemann

Funds raised at the evening of celebration will support youth and junior development programs, the Canadian junior national team, iRide programs, training camps, competitive opportunities for young cyclists, and BC’s rising stars.

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