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BIKE MONTH CYCLIST PROFILE SERIES PRESENTED BY MEC: DURHAM

Published May 09, 2017 09:50


This week, we headed to Durham Region for our fourth blog post in our cyclist profile series. We met up with Rick Robertson on Taunton Road, and headed to the brand new multi-use trail nearby for some shots. Rick commutes daily from Ajax to Whitby by bike.

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Rick Robertson riding to from work on his daily commute. Photo by Danielle Griscti

Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in Ajax in a family of 4 boys. Growing up I played a lot of sports including hockey, lacrosse, baseball, soccer and of course bike riding. I am an avid Green Bay Packer fan and part owner! I now live in Whitby with my family and cycle back and forth to Ajax for work.

When and why did you start cycling?

I started cycling as a kid as a way of getting around Ajax. At the age of 13, I was riding to my first summer job picking weeds for a local farmer. I was commuting 11.6 km each way but back in those days it wasn’t called ‘commuting’.

What style of bike do you ride?

My very first bike was a purple coloured bike with a banana seat and pull-back handlebars which I thought was pretty cool back then! Now I proudly ride a TREK dual sport 8.4.

Tell us about some of the things you ride your bike for.

I use my bike to commute to and from work, as well as casual rides on weekends with family and friends. We have also started incorporating cycling trips into our summer vacations. This year’s trip is to the Mount Tremblant and Ottawa area!

Any favourite bike routes? What do you like about them?

I really like our local waterfront trails. I very much enjoy being in nature and the waterfront in Durham region is an ideal spot. Another benefit to these trails is that most of it is away from traffic.

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Photo by Danielle Griscti

What would you say is the greatest benefit you get from cycling?

I mostly ride my bike for the health benefits it provides me. There is heart disease and diabetes in my family and ... Read more

Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.

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