Big bikers ride through Langley to raise big bucks for Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Big Bike rolled around Langley last Thursday, May 8, with groups such as Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Curves pedalling madly.

“This is a first year team for them,” said Shannon Dumas, the Big Bike coordinator for Langley, Surrey, and White Rock.

The Big Bike is a 30-person pedal powered vehicle as long as a shuttle bus. It’s intended to draw attention to the cause of heart health, give its riders a bit of exercise, and let them have some fun while raising money.

This isn’t quite the first time Kwantlen has ever put a team together for the Big Bike, but it is the first time since at least 1993 or 1994, when the school was still a community college. Only one or two of the riders on Thursday’s team had ever participated before.

Linda Gomes said there was a lot of enthusiasm for the new team this year.

“It filled in 48 hours,” she said of the 30 spots on the team’s roster.

She may have to add a second bike in the future, she said.

The women on the team wore feather boas while the men were decked out in elaborate, oversized sunglasses.

“We brought our team spirit with us,” said Gomes.

The team members come from Langley and all the other campuses including Surrey and Cloverdale, and include a variety of administrators, professors, deans, and managers.

The team set off on a route from the parking lot of the Cascades Casino around Langley City and back.

They were the first of eight teams riding in Langley Thursday.

KPU started off their fundraising in fine form, having gathered more than $6,000 by the time the ride started.

The Curves team raised about $3,000.

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