Newly healthy man will cycle from Edmonton to Revelstoke during Bike to
Work Week May 26-Jun 1 2014
VANCOUVER, May 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Dr. Richard Backus, a sports medicine
physician and president of the Bike to Work BC Society Board often
prescribes "Take at least two bike rides and call me in the morning" to
his patients. But even he, a long time commuter cyclist and advocate of
cycling health benefits, was very impressed by Andrew Moore's success.
A year ago in April, Moore, a Revelstoke resident passed out at the
wheel of his truck with what was termed a 'cardiac episode.' "Luckily
I was somewhere safe and no one was hurt," he recounts. "It was a real
wake up call, I knew I had to do something to lose weight and get
healthy." he says.
"I thought the Bike to Work program was the easiest, most fun way to get
in shape and I liked the idea of the team support and the chance to win
some prizes," he says, so he registered for Revelstoke's Bike to Work
Week. He cycled a round trip of 35 kilometres each day to his job as
photo lab manager at the local Pharmasave. He has been cycling to work
every day since.
Now sixty pounds lighter and a whole lot healthier he has set a new
goal. This Bike to Work Week he plans to cycle from Edmonton to
Revelstoke, a distance of 720 kilometres, departing May 26, and arrive
in time for his 11 am shift Sunday June 1, at Pharmasave. "I want to
prove a point," says Moore. "Cycling to work is something most people
can do, and it will make a huge difference to your health. My life was
literally saved by Bike to Work Week and I want others to know it can
make a difference to them and it is also a lot of fun."
Safety is of paramount important to Moore who has a highly visible truck
accompanying him at a safe distance to alert motorists to his presence.
Dr Backus comments, "Andrew's accomplishment is an example of what
Biking to Work is all about-converting time wasted commuting in a
vehicle into a joyful experience—easily managed, to improve both your
physical and mental health, and have a positive impact on the
"We certainly don't expect everyone to do the huge distances Andrew
plans. Even a day or two a week can make a big difference and in many
areas you can take the bus with your bike and ride part-way. You don't
need fancy clothes or an expensive bike, but it is important to be
visible and wear a helmet. We provide lots of support and fun such as
celebration stations with food and entertainment, and many workplaces
have team leaders to encourage you."
Bike to Work Week is May 26 to Jun 1. Thirty-eight communities in BC are
participating through Bike to Work BC Society, which provides resources
and facilitates events province wide. Register and qualify for great
prizes including Exodus Travels' Cuban Highlights Cycling Trip at www.biketowork.ca
Image with caption: "Andrew Moore gets ready for to participate in Bike to Work Week, by cycling from Edmonton To Revelstoke, after losing 60 pounds cycling to work in Revelstoke in the past year. (CNW Group/Bike to Work BC Society)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140523_C9653_PHOTO_EN_40685.jpg
SOURCE: Bike to Work BC Society
For further information:
For info or to set up an interview:
Penny Noble Executive Director Bike to Work BC 604 805 5637 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact Andrew Moore directly: Cell 250 837 8508