Skeena MLA Ellis Ross at the Kitimat snowflake welcome sign, passed out on the grass, exhausted from his hard ride from Terrace. Sept. 16, 2020. (Peter Versteege photo)

MLA rides bike from Terrace to Kitimat

Ride was to raise awareness for cancer

MLA Ellis Ross rode his bike from Terrace to Kitimat on Sept. 16 to raise cancer awareness.

He had planned to participate in the Cops for Cancer relay bike ride from Prince Rupert to Terrace, covering the final 13km of the route. However, physical Cops for Cancer rides across the country have been cancelled last minute or shifted to a virtual format following an uptick in COVID-19 cases in several provinces, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, which organizes the relay.

Ross had already ridden his bike from Kitimat to Terrace in preparation for the relay (a gruelling journey that took about two hours 40 minutes, he said) and he wasn’t about to give up, so he decided to turn around and do the roughly 60 km ride again the other way.

He said he was inspired by the many social media messages he received from people who shared their stories of how cancer touched their lives. This year, the ride carried even more significance, Ross said, because his mother was diagnosed with cancer several months ago and is battling the illness in Prince George.

“I got extra motivation,” Ross said. “It’s got a personal meaning for me this time around.”

Upon completing the ride back to Kitimat, Ross said he was exhausted but the ride was more than worth it. He said he would like to do the ride again next year but it would be better if he had some riding partners. He thanked everyone who honked, waved or yelled to show support.



jake.wray@terracestandard.com

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MLA Ellis Ross prepares to ride his bike from Terrace to Kitimat Sept. 16 in order to raise awareness for cancer. (Bert Husband/Terrace Standard)

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross on his bike ride from Terrace to Kitimat, replacing his Cops for Cancer ride that was cancelled. Sept. 16, 2020. (Peter Versteege photo)

People sent in names of their loved ones who had passed away from or are dealing with cancer, and Ross wrote them on his shirt that he wore while doing his ride from Terrace to Kitimat. Sept. 16, 2020. (Peter Versteege photo)

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross on Hwy 37 between Terrace and Kitimat, on his replacement ride for the Cops for Cancer event, which was cancelled. Sept. 16, 2020. (Peter Versteege photo)

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross at his sign on Hwy 37, with his bike. Sept. 16, 2020. (Peter Versteege photo)

Skeena MLA Ellis Ross at the Kitimat snowflake welcome sign at the end of his long ride from Terrace to Kitimat. Sept. 16, 2020. (Peter Versteege photo)

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