Your Club Needs You

Early Bird Registration for Cypress Challenge Ends July 1

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It’s that time again. This is the big one. Our club's biggest event of the year. The one we're known for. The Cypress Challenge is right around the corner. Early bird registration ends soon! Register before Monday, July 1 to receive 50% off your entry fee.

We need your support to help make this the biggest year yet for the event and help to fund vital pancreatic cancer research here in BC. Register, fundraise and convince a friend or family member to join. We need every single club member to act as an advocate for the cause, to help us continue to smash fundraising records. 100% of the funds raised will support pancreatic cancer research and care at BC Cancer, giving hope to over 800 British Columbians who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.

When: Sunday, August 11 at 8:30 am
Where: Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, on Cypress Bowl Lane

Cypress Challenge Facts

  • In 12 years, the Cypress Challenge has raised close to $4M.

  • Pancreatic cancer has a very low survival rate, at just 9%.

  • There is still no easy way to detect or treat the disease.

  • Funds raised at the event have helped launch the EPPIC (Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care) program which will study new personalized treatments.

  • Doctors from the EPPIC program have credited the Cypress Challenge not only with very successful fundraising but with raising much-needed awareness. And they join us for the ride each year!

As a member of the club, we are hoping you’ll get involved, so we’ve listed five ways that you can support the event.

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1. Register and Ride

This one’s obvious. Have you registered yet? Do it now. Do it. If you’re not there on August 11, you’re conspicuously absent. We want this to be the year we get 1000 riders out, and we can’t do it without you.

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2. Bring a Friend. Or Three

Tell your other cycling friends, other clubs, and your family members. As a member of GS, you’re an ambassador for the event. When you consider that your participation and that of your friends can literally save lives, it should be easy to convince them.

It’s a timed event, with excellent support, terrific sponsors and a great group of people. It's one of the easiest ways to pin a number on and test yourself as a cyclist on our local roads.

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3. Raise Funds

Every little bit counts. Hit your friends and family up for donations.

One trip up Cypress too easy for you? Commit to riding for a PR and suffer your way to a personal goal. Tell your family you're willing to suffer for their donations and then leave it all on the mountain on August 11.

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4. Volunteer

From package pickup to registration and check-in, to helping to set-up and take-down, it takes a lot of people to make an event like the Cypress Challenge happen. If you want to get involved, sign up at BC Cancer's volunteer portal and select Cypress Challenge.

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5. Donate a Silent Auction Item

Know someone who would like to sponsor an event like Cypress Challenge, that brings together both cycling enthusiasts and the team from BC Cancer? Reply to this email and we will get in touch.

The auction is one of the highlights of the party that takes place at Nordic at the top of the mountain on race day. It’s always good for some last minute donations and has helped put us over the top of our annual fundraising goals in the past. If you want to donate, email Jennifer Northrup from BC Cancer.

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Can’t wait to see you there on August 11. You’re coming, right? RIGHT? See you on the start line!