Why We Ride

April 2, 2010

When Sir Edmund Hillary was planning his assault on Mount Everest in 1953, where he would become the first human ever to reach the world’s highest point, he was asked why he wanted to climb Everest. He said, “because its there.” It is a beautifully vague answer! Hillary had his own reasons for climbing Everest, reasons that were far too deep to answer simply to a reporter.

As members of the Ride for World Health 2010 team, we have come together as a group to support the tripartide mission of Ride for World Health: Advocacy, Education and Philanthropy. But each of us needs to have our own motivations that will keep us grinding up 10% grades for mile after mile. Our reasons for being here are as diverse as our own personalities.

When I’m dying on the uphills and need something to motivate me, I think of the people who we are trying to help. These people go undergo ordeals that are much more horrific than mine, and Powerbar and Roll: bicycle shop doesn’t sponsor them. They have to face their harsh reality without the hope of a shower at the end of the day or the support of a van.

Philipians 4:13 is something that frequently passes through my mind. It says, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.” It gives me confidence that this hill is just a small trial, and that soon I will be at the top, enjoying a long descent. I know my beliefs are not representative of the Ride for World Health, but that’s what makes this ride great: all of our individual beliefs combine to make us more representative of the world we are working to help.

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