When I small the other kids would make fun of me beat me up and even stole my bike. Because my name was Rudy, my parents were from Austria, and I was not very tough. In School we went for a tour of the Fire Station. All the big kids said they would become firefighters. I decided I would become a firefighter. It looked really exciting and I could help others. I knew I could pass the tests because I never give up! When I tried out for all the physical tests I was against 1250 much bigger and tougher men than me for 12 jobs . They laughed again. Well here I am. I always treat each fire dept. rookie and others no matter what their name, race, sex or color with the respect they deserve and I make sure others do as well. Now I am cycling around the world. I do not think at all that I am better or stronger than anyone else. Its because I am on a personal mission for cancer research........ and I never give up. I don't care any more if anyone laughs.
Tammy passed away in March. This picture was taken exactly 1 year ago at the PNE. Tammy Moyer of News1130 with her son Emelyan, they promised me a White Spot Triple O burger if I made it cycling across Australia. I made it, but when I returned she said she was not feeling too well and it might have to wait a week. She passed away shortly after fighting a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. WHY? Tammy has supported so many charities including my cancer cycle for the last 6 years. Updating listeners on each leg of of the journey.Cancer took another precious life that never even saw it coming. Tammy worked so hard to support research to find a cure but never got a chance to see the day a treatment will be found that will cure pancreatic cancer. Rest in Peace Tammy Moyer I will never ever forget you. I promise. I will I will never give up raising money. Cancer has really pissed off the wrong guy....again! I dedicate the rest of my journey to you and will remind listeners of your great contributions on my weekly radio updates.. You are a true hero and an inspiration to all
Congratulations Ride To Conquer Cancer riders. Just over 1600 cyclists raised $7.1 Million for cancer research this weekend. In 7 years you have raised $77 million in British Columbia alone! My favourite cycling Jerseys this year the Canadian Lumberjacks Team. I love the beer image in the back pocket! I know your necks, arms, backs and especially your butts are very sore today but you all kicked cancer right in the ass. Congratulations on 250 tough km Vancouver to Seattle. Especially 75 year old Irene I met cycling up that GIANT hill that lost her husband to cancer, all the cancer survivors cycling with a yellow flag, and cyclists with pictures of loved ones they lost to this disease. I usually cycle all alone but what an inspirational and emotional journey together this was.
I train hills in Canada's Rocky Mountains near Whistler BC, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics. I was fortunate enough after constantly cycling up the mountain top where the Biathlon athletes train that they noticed me and I was invited give Biathlon a try. I almost made the team by hitting 4 out of 5 targets after a 50 km cycle.
Ten million people die of cancer each year, and in the US alone 1500 per day. That's my dog buddy below. He died of a brain tumour. He died last year while I was crossing Australia. He always was always happy and waiting from to come home from my journeys. Both my mom and my dad died of cancer a few years before him. My brother had cancer. Twice.
I am riding as fast as I can.
Nov 27 BLUFF LIGHTHOUSE - GORE
28.GORE - BALCLUTHA
29.BALCLUTHA - DUNEDIN
Nov29/30 (1.REST DAY- BALWIN ST World Record Attempt Climb)
Dec1.DUNEDIN - OAMARU
Dec 2.OAMARU - TIMARU
3.TIMARU - ASHBURTON
ASHBURTON - CHRISTCHURCH
Dec4/5 (1REST DAY) Christchurch
6.CHRISTCHURCH - CHEVIOT
7.CHEVIOT - MANGAMAUNU
8.MANGAMANU - BLENHEIM
BLENHEIN - (PICTON)WELLINGTON
Dec 9/10 (1.REST DAY) Wellington
11.WELLINGTON - LEVIN
12.LEVIN - HUNTERVILLE
13.HUNTERVILLE - WAIORU
14.WAIORU - TAURO
15.TAURO - MATAMATO
Dec 16MATAMO - POKENO 127KM
Dec17/18 POKENO - AUCKLAND (1.Rest Day) Auckland
Dec 19.AUCKLAND - WAIPU
20.WAIPU - KAWAKAWA
21.KAWAKAWA - KAITAIA
22.KAIAIA - CAPE REINGA (Dec 22) Finish
Death Valley. Names like Furnace Creek, Badwater Basin etc. make it feel hotter. Fry an egg on the road... if it cooks its likely over 50 C.
My Name is Rudy Pospisil
I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe for cancer research.
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THirty Countries 4 Three Cancers