Jeffrey Doering: The inspiring experience of MS Bike

Jeffrey Doering has been riding for 10 years, but he did his first MS Bike in 2023. And he was blown away.

“I did the Grand Bend to London MS Bike and I loved it,” he said. “It’s not far from Toronto, where I live, and has great, quiet roads, rolling hills and countryside.”

Doering had done other fundraising rides in the past, but decided to tackle MS Bike last year when a friend of his and his wife, who has multiple sclerosis (MS), told him about it.

“We knew he had done it, so we decided last year we would try.”

Doering enjoys cycling and rides four to five times a week. He usually goes out for shorter rides during the week, but on weekends he makes sure he takes three-hour rides. “I love it because you can see so much of the city and parks, but also explore the area,” he says. “In the winter I ride indoors, so in the summer I like to go outside and enjoy the fresh air.”

MS Bike is a series of fundraising events across Canada organized by MS Canada. The rides bring together cyclists of all levels, from beginners to experienced cyclists, to ride with a purpose: to raise money to support the more than 90,000 Canadians living with MS. There are different distances so you can choose what works for you and at what pace.

One of the most talked about aspects of the rides is the camaraderie among the participants. Those who have ridden it say it is palpable as they unite in the fight against MS, foster a supportive community and spread awareness of this neurological disease nationwide.

Doering was impressed by his first visit to MS Bike.

“It’s such a great weekend event I did in Grand Bend, split into two days of cycling to London, with a big dinner, fundraising rewards and a great beer garden,” he said. “It’s inspiring to see people with MS go out and hear their stories. It was definitely an unforgettable experience.”

Last year he heard all about Jonathan Allenger, who made an inspiring cycling trip across Canada, covering more than 7,000 km from coast to coast. Allenger, who has MS, showed resilience and determination. He navigated his way through the diverse landscapes that make up our country, along with challenging weather conditions, all the while raising awareness for MS.

Allenger’s story is one of the more extreme fundraising rides, but it motivates cyclists like Doering to do what they can to raise awareness for MS.

The Tech AI Director says it’s inspiring to see such a close-knit community come together every year, and he’ll definitely be back for 2024.

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