Breaking the Cycle - Cycling 2013/2014

 
Raised: $5,500.00
Goal: $10,000.00
 
 
 

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Ernest Gagnon

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  Back 2 plus years ago I started taking on one of the biggest challenges of my life. Losing all the extra weight that I have gained since childhood, 570lbs.  I was going to consider s... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Ernest Gagnon 5 months ago

Wanted to thank all of you who have donated and helped me with my cycling and cyclocross racing this year. This weekend ill be racing at Orchard Cross if you all want to come out and cheer me on.. I race in the cat 4/5 race at 8:30am. Thanks again !

 
 
 

Updated posted by Ernest Gagnon 6 months ago

Here are some photos of last weekend and weekend before Cyclocross races from Gloucester and Providence

 

Gloucester and Providence CX races

 
 

Updated posted by Ernest Gagnon 8 months ago

Cyclocross racing will start in a few weeks! If you like to help with funding, the costs of racing and training please visit my Go Fund Page.

 
 
 
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Created by Ernest Gagnon on February 10, 2013

 

Back 2 plus years ago I started taking on one of the biggest challenges of my life. Losing all the extra weight that I have gained since childhood, 570lbs.  I was going to consider surgery, but with the great support from the cycling community, I got a bike and started riding with the dream of racing. UPDATE Today I am down to 305 lbs, feeling better depsite a minor heart scare in Jan 2014.

In 2014 I have some new plans and goals.  First I want to do my first 65 non stop bike ride. In 2013 I did my first non stop 51 mile bike ride. Also I want to try to get out to as many states as I can and ride with you all, the racers, the riders and the new cyclsits that make up our great communtiy. Get some group rides going! I want to reach out and help people who are struggling with depression and help them be part of the cycling world, to meet new people and ride. 

But the most important thing I want to do this year in 2014 is to change the image that some people have about cycling.  How some people think Big people or people who look diffrent dont belong on a bike or should not be able rock lycra/spandex ie cycling kit or uniform.  As some of you might know, I myself have been targeted recently on this very topic.  I want to change this! I want it to be no matter what size, shape, race, age, Sexual orientation‎, faith, heath, or what ever else reason you can come up with, you can put on the lycra , put the helmet on and ride a bike! You should not be shamed, or hated on or picked on becaues you dont fit what some people think a cyclist should look like. 

Far as racing in 2014, Goal is to do 12 cyclocross races, Do my frist cycling road crit, and do a cycling tour ride.

To do all this and to keep my health in order (i.e. purchase needed medications to maintain my diabetes and heart), and to train, eat right, and to keep cycling going (i.e. money for cycling related travel, fees for races, bike parts, repairs and other equipment) it will take money, Thus I turn to you all for help.

 

For more information about my story please visit the following NPR and Velo News links below.

 

http://www.velonews.competitor.com/2012/06/news/a-bicycle-and-a-few-friends-lead-a-big-man-into-an-even-bigger-world_226368

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http://www.npr.org/2012/10/09/162586325/instead-of-surgery-man-pedals-off-the-pounds  

(download the Audio file of the actual radio broadcast of the story)

 

 

Visit my Strava page to keep track of my Riding, training and races.  Visit....   http://app.strava.com/athletes/272804

 

Thanks so much for reading, and for your help.

 

Ernest Gagnon

 

 
 
 
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We shared your story on Facebook.com/30daysofbiking! Good luck with all your efforts!

posted by Patrick Stephenson 13 months ago

Yes Ernest, Come South we have the highest rates of both Heart Disease and Diabetes! I was just telling someone that you needed to do just this, travel around. Do come to Tallahassee! I suggest getting lots of sponsors and letting people make donations. Subway and other healthy eating establishment, hotels and lodging facilities, there are so many. You need someone to really look out for your well being while you are contributing for such a cause! How about that guy from Oprah, the cooking guy who travels around too!

posted by M Keller 14 months ago

Ernest, I am going to work on bringing you to St Louis. I can tell you that our own shop, @Alpine Shop, will be a sponsor. Now I have to drum up some others. Thank you for your inspiration.

posted by Lisa Hollenbeck 14 months ago

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Bikenetic LLC

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Very inspiring. In fact, it was the Boombotix debacle which first led me to your story. As a shop owner, I've known and helped many clydesdale riders embark on their journey to healthier living and wish you continued success, keep up the great work!!

 

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Robyn Weinbaum

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ernest, i have followed you for a while now and you are an inspiration. i admire how you keep working at your goals. anytime you're in florida, look us up. WAY TO GO, ERNEST!

 

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Frank Wertheim

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Keep Going Ernest - you are an inspiration!!!

 

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Burke Culligan

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Go get after it... Ernest... you're a great inspiration...

 

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