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“YAY - let's do that again!!!”
If you have ever taken one of the Y’s indoor cycling classes with Anna Laurence, you know you are in for a good ride. But what you might not know, is that her high-energy and enthusiasm carries her beyond the cycle studio and into the community.
Anna will be taking charge of this year’s Y Cycle for Strong Kids event as she and three other instructors lead 90 participants on a 2 hour charitable cycling event for Kids on April 14th, 2019.
Anna first joined the Y when she moved to Ottawa in 2012 – quickly discovering that cycle classes were some of her favourite! As she got to know some of the instructors they encouraged her to come out and participate in Y Cycle – she has participated every year since.
“I love the energy and the mission. I'm always impressed at how keen and excited people are to stick out the ride together, as well as folks’ enthusiasm for the cause. Each year I have been a member of a team and it continues to grow in size. (You should consider joining, we're always recruiting!) Whether a participant has been around the Y forever or is a brand new member looking to see what the Y is all about, everyone meets someone new and there is a strong sense of camaraderie in the air at the event.”
Still on the fence about joining a two-hour long ride? Never been on a spin bike before? Don’t sweat it! While it can be intimidating, our all-star instructor line up will ensure you have tons of fun - and just by participating, you are being the positive-change in a child’s life.
“I believe strongly in what the Y does. I especially believe in the agency built in kids by giving them the opportunity to pursue activities like going to camp. Such opportunities can be game changers for kids – giving them much-needed chances to grow and to learn. The assistance provided by Y Cycle is especially useful, as most of the children who receive this assistance will not be burdened with knowing they are receiving financial support. This creates an even more powerful force for good by further reducing the stigma of inequity. By participating in Y Cycle, you're helping to give the gift of autonomy.”
“And if you have never cycled before, not to worry! The intensity of the class itself is adjustable on an individual basis. In addition we have the option for riders to split time on a bike if 2 hours seems too daunting...though we promise to keep you entertained for the full two hours if you stick around.”
As Anna mentioned, the bike-sharing option is a great opportunity for people who may not train on a spin bike regularly to participate by doing a more manageable amount of time. Plus, riding with friends is not only fun but sharing a bike also allows you to share the effort of fundraising.
“Don’t let the $150 fundraising goal dissuade you!” Anna has some great tips on ensuring you reach your goal: “I totally get it, fundraising can be daunting. My trick is to break it down into smaller chunks mentally and spread it out over time. This year we're asking for a minimum fundraising per bike of $150...but don't think of it in one chunk, ask yourself are there ten people you know who would contribute a minimum of $15?...Once you've got your base then go from there, raise the amount you ask for or increase the number of people you ask for $15 from. And remember, don't underestimate how willing to support you friends and family are when it's for a worthy cause like sending kids, who otherwise wouldn't get to go, to camp. The Y is a powerful force in our community; you might be surprised by how many people in your network have a Y story of their own and are eager to offer support.”