The mission is to turn Type 1 into Type None.
That’s the phrase commonly heard from Dan Webster, organizer of the Tour of the Peace, the bike tour held to raise money for Type 1 Diabetes research. The second annual tour went on Aug. 12, with 16 riders taking to the highways to cycle 150 kilometres from Taylor to Hudson’s Hope.
The ride ended at Dinosaur Lake Provincial Park with a barbecue, and riders were joined by a large group of volunteers and supporters. Cyclists pedalled for 150 kilometres in honour of Canada’s 150th, up slightly from last year’s inaugural tour of 144 km.
“We’re not gaining in numbers, but we’re gaining in support,” Webster said, before the crew embarked on the ride. Sixteen riders is similar to last year’s event, but overall sponsorship and awareness is up. Around $15,000 was raised as of Aug. 14, short of Webster’s $25,000 goal.
There were returning riders, as well as new ones. Many riders and volunteers hailed from the Blizzard Bike Club, of which Webster is a member, as well as the Elks Speed Skating Club and Fort St. John Minor Hockey. Of the 16 riders, nine were teenagers, and local MP Bob Zimmer made the ride as well.
The donations go to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“It’s a great cause,” said Robert Sapp, who rode for his second year. “I rode last year and it’s fun, and a really challenging route.”
Also taking part for his second year was Sam Webster, Dan’s son and the initial reason for the tour, after he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2015.
“Sam had to test his blood sugar, watch his carb count and administer insulin during the ride,” said Webster.
The ride took eight hours overall, with three pit stops.
“We’ll enjoy the gentle hills,” Webster joked before the ride.
Webster is still accepting donations to meet his goal. To learn more, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.