Prized possession

Particiant thrilled to have won a bike in the Bike to Work Week challenge

I couldn’t believe it, I won a bike.

The YMCA-YWCA WorkBC team participated in Bike to Work Week. Encouraged by our managers Michou Szabo and Robert Bryce, we geared up and took on the challenge.

This was interesting for me, as I didn’t own a bike, and needed a plan. I needed to borrow a bike.

I decided to ask my wonderful siblings to lend me a bike. Now, this bike wasn’t just any bike, this was an old, flat tire, crooked handlebar, one-gear bike. This bike needed a little TLC (tender love and care) before the morning ride. I pumped up the tires, tested out the crooked bars, and decided one gear is doable. I was ready to bike to work.

Our YMCA-YWCA WorkBC Team met at Nanaimo Square, enjoyed the festivities and entered the draws. We then proceeded to bike to work.

I was a bit nervous, as my bike was on the verge of a flat tire. My thoughts were to ‘bike fast’ and I’ll be at our workplace before the flat takes hold.

So, off we went, our first team ride to work. We made it safe and sound. And I didn’t get a flat tire.

Later that day, we received a call from Rowena, one of the Bike to Work Week co-ordinators. The YMCA-YWCA WorkBC Team won a bike. With the excitement brewing, our team drew names, and I won a bike.

I couldn’t believe it. My adventure with the borrowed, old, flat tire, crooked handlebar, one-gear bike, turned out to be a memorable moment.

I have not owned a bike since elementary school and am so thankful for the Bike Barn staff, Bike to Work Week co-ordinators, and the YMCA-YWCA WorkBC for all being a part of this memorable moment.

I now own a bike. Thank you Bike to Work Week!

Erin Finlay