On June 11, 2017, Nicholas Fidei and his team, the Cycle Warriors, coasted across the finish line of the 220-km Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer, having achieved more than simply riding a challenging distance.
In their fifth year of participating in this event, the Cycle Warriors surpassed $1 million in total funds raised. In 2013 and 2014, the team raised more than $86,000. In 2015, Fidei expanded the team and his fundraising efforts, raising slightly less than $250,000. In 2016, the team raised more than $325,000. This year, the Cycle Warriors raised $450,000, pushing the five-year total to more than $1 million.
The Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer celebrated its 10th year, breaking its own record for total funds raised with a whopping $20.5 million.
This year’s total of over $450,000 raised placed the Cycle Warriors in sixth place of overall team fundraising efforts. However, it must be noted that many of the teams in the top 10 comprised between100 and 300 riders per team, while the Cycle Warriors total a modest 35, meaning their per-rider funds raised were among the highest at the event.
“I feel amazing,” Fidei said, minutes after finishing the race. “We raised $450,000. This is my sixth year personally participating. I realized after the first year that I had to put together my own team, but I didn’t expect it to grow so quickly and raise so much money so fast.”
Fidei shattered his own personal best, raising almost $300,000 himself to be the second top fundraiser at the event, but also received a record amount of support from the team, which surpassed its previous best by $125,000.
“Everyone has worked so hard, from those participating to those supporting us, to those working behind the scenes to coordinate everything,” he said.
The Cycle Warriors consists of Nicholas’ family, friends, colleagues and associates of Treasure Hill. A great part of his efforts go toward securing corporate sponsors, all of whom help make the event such a success.
The Cycle Warriors are already beginning planning for the 2018 event, where they will aim to surpass this year’s results.