Worcester’s Finkele Set for 10th Anniversary of Bicycles Battling Cancer

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Brian Finkele set to ride in Bicycles Battling Cancer.
Worcester resident Brian Finkele is set to take part in the 10th anniversary of Bicycles Battling Cancer (BBC).

Bicycles Battling Cancer is a Marlborough-based ride to support the American Cancer Society that takes place on Sunday, June 10.

“The BBC event has become a motivation to ride and stay fit and also a social event for us. We have a couple friends that visit from other states and do the ride with us and have also made friendships through the ride," said Finkele. 

Finkele’s Involvement

Finkele first got involved in the event because his wife Tammy Hanley lost her dad to lung cancer when she was younger.

He helped her train and volunteered at the event, working at both the start and finish lines during the day.

Then, he decided to ride as well the second year.

When he got into Bicycles Battling Cancer, he initially put road tires on his mountain bike. That got him through a few years, as the couple switched to the event’s 100-mile, longest route.

Now, he averages about 1,000 miles per year for training or fitness.

"I think about people who are facing much bigger struggles than the next hill or hour of riding. That is what gives me the motivation to train and fundraise and participate in the event every year," added Finkele. 

To donate to Finkele, click here. 

The Ride

The ride consists of a 30, 50, 70 and 100-mile loop through Central Massachusetts.

Courses begin and end at Hillside School, 404 Robin Hill St., Marlborough. 

All courses are fully monitored with support and gear wagons.

Stocked rest stops include drinks and snacks, first aid support and volunteer bike mechanics.

The 100-mile ride departs at 7:30 a.m., the 70- and 50-mile rides depart at 7:45 a.m., while the 30-mile ride departs at 11 a.m.

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