Speed skiing record holder Nigel Brockton may be the fastest man in Canada on skis, but his goal in the Ride to Conquer Cancer is to "settle into a comfortable rhythm and enjoy the scenery.
Once asked by a sports reporter if it helps to be a bit mad, Brockton
replied "Bombing straight down slopes at twice Britain's road speed limit is not for the faint hearted.
has twice broken the British record in speed skiing and is the only British ski racer to have won an FIS World Cup Race, but it's clear that this Ride
will be an adrenaline rush of a different kind for him.
A serious cyclist, Brockton logs 6000km per year riding to and from the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary where he works as a research scientist in cancer epidemiology.
no longer travels at twice the posted speed limit, but sharing this journey so that the reasons to ride are some day eradicated, will be "the pinnacle" of his
remembers that the "most arduous aspect" of his
cancer treatment was "the inactivity imposed by the effects of chemotherapy.
As a cancer survivor and researcher whose work is funded by events like this, he's
motivated to participate in "this magnificent ride.
advice to those training for the event?
"Get together with friends and go for a ride!
there's nothing like the freedom and the "direct connection you feel with the environment that you're cycling through."