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July 25 was already scheduled to be a great day of fundraising. One former University of Victoria Vikes cross country runner wanted to get in on the fun and ride for a good cause as well.
Inspired by the inaugural Shim's Ride, Jackson Bocksnick will be attempting his own ride on the same day the rowers roll into town to finish off their fundraising ride.
"I was reading about the Shim's Ride and I thought it was really cool. It really exemplifies what sport can do for people," said Bocksnick, who is currently enrolled in the UVic Faculty of Law. "We wanted to replicate their ride, put our own spin on it and find an issue that resonates with us."
Similar to the three rowers in the Shim's Ride, Bocksnick used cycling as a cross-training program to build his endurance away from cross country. Now riding for the TaG Cycling Team, Bocksnick and his TaG teammate Ethan Pauly will ride up and down Bear Mountain.
Their mission follows a new trend in the cycling world: Everesting. Riders pick their desired hill and ride it until you achieve the same vertical distance equivalent to summiting Mount Everest – 8,848 metres.