Castle Pines resident Bow Winder recently joined thousands of cyclists in Massachusetts for a race known as the Pan-Mass Challenge. The cycling event is a 192-mile course across Massachusetts that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to …
Castle Pines resident Bow Winder recently joined thousands of cyclists in Massachusetts for a race known as the Pan-Mass Challenge. The cycling event is a 192-mile course across Massachusetts that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research. The event took place on Aug. 5 and 6, gathering more than 6,200 participants from 40 states with a goal of raising $48 million. Cyclists can choose from 12 routes of varying mileage, and range in age from 15 to 84 years old. While some are cancer survivors, other riders complete the race in honor of a loved one. Here are five questions with Winder about why he got involved.
1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I live in Castle Pines North with my wife, Emily, and two sons, Griffin, 4, and Declan, 2. I’m originally from a small town north of Boston where I grew up, but moved to Colorado in 2004. The plan was to stay a year or two, but I met my wife and couldn’t leave this beautiful state. I work downtown for a company called P2 Energy Solutions as a director of finance.
2. How long have you been involved in cycling?
I’ve been cycling for about four years, mainly road biking. To be honest, I’m not passionate about cycling, but got into it as I became involved in the Pan Mass Challenge.
3. Why did you participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge?
I heard about the Pan-Mass Challenge through my cousin Stirling Winder. She participated in the ride for four years while battling osteo-sarcoma (bone cancer). For those that don’t know about the Pan-Mass Challenge, the event raises money for pediatric and adult cancer research and continues to be the largest contributor to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The ride raises more money for charity than any other single athletic fundraising event in the country, over $546 million in its 37-year history.
Stirling passed away in 2012, just days before the PMC and I have ridden three out of the last four years in her memory with team Stirling Strong, a group of 10 to 12 riders pedaling in her name.
In preparation for the 192-mile ride from Sturbridge, Massachusetts, to Provincetown, Massachusetts, I trained for three months, mainly around Douglas County.
4. What was your experience like on the 192-mile ride?
The feeling while riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge is incredible as it’s an overwhelming culmination of emotions and experiences that still leave me in awe. Never have I seen the human spirit so fully dedicated and engaged on achieving a goal, to fight cancer.
5. Would you participate in the Pan-Mass Challenge again?
With two young children and a demanding job, it’s difficult to commit to the PMC year after year. I plan to ride it again, just uncertain when at this point.