An approximately 1,200-mile charitable bike ride to raise money for cancer research started in Canada and will end in Windsor next month.
Bill Grosul, father of Windsor resident Aaron Grosul, left his home in Edmonton, Canada, on Thursday to cycle down to Windsor, where he will celebrate his 60th birthday with his son’s family Sept. 14.
When he started planning the trip, the idea to make it a fundraiser for the Alberta Cancer Foundation came to him because about three years ago his friend Stan Moorehead lost his wife, Fey, to cancer, Bill Grosul said Wednesday.
During the trip, Moorehead will follow Bill Grosul with a trailer, serving as his support crew on the voyage.
For the ride, Bill Grosul said he wanted to raise CA$5,000, an amount he already met.
“I think it’s great,” Aaron Grosul said Thursday about his father’s trip. Near the end of the trip, he said he hopes he will have the chance to meet up with his father and ride the last few days with him.
Depending on weather and wind, Bill Grosul will make it to Windsor sometime between Sept. 10 and 12. He aims to travel approximately 100 miles a day on what he estimates will be a 12-day journey across the two countries.
Bill Grosul got into cycling about 10 years ago when he started biking to keep up his cardiovascular fitness after an injury. He enjoyed the cycling and found it easier on his body, so he decided to continue biking after that, he said.