Ride of his Life: Sit down with Chandler Grieve

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Sept 15,2014(ISN) – They say you can measure the amount of love by the size of your heart, so I guess I can say that the distance one travels, measures the amount of dedication. The Tour De Rock has gone the distance many times and proven its dedication to many communities over the years. I had the privilege to sit down with Chandler Grieve and find out just how much dedication it takes to support a community. Chandler is the 6th rider to participate in the Tour De Rock from CTV and is one of 23 riders participating this years’ ride.

Initially, I intended on discussing how the current labour dispute between the BCTF and the government would affect this years’ version of the Tour De Rock. To my surprise the current labour dispute took a back seat to Chandler’s expectations of the emotional journey he knows he is about to embark on.

(ISN)

In talking with the 5 previous CTV riders, what are your expectations for your upcoming ride?

(Grieve)

“I was told to expect the unexpected, and also it will be the best 2 weeks of my life.” Physically as a team I think we’re there, but emotionally I was told you can never really fully prepare. I am looking forward to meeting the kids the most, visiting each community and seeing how it comes together.

(ISN)

In talking to previous riders about the daily grind, what do you perceive will be the hardest part for you?

(Grieve)

It’s the everyday for two weeks, up at 0700 getting ready to go rain or shine, tired or sore and I’m not used to that. I’m the 11 pm sports anchor, I’m not used to that, its almost like going back to camp. Its very regimented I’m told with schedules to keep, schools to visit (we hope, but we will get to that later in the story) that will be hard to get used to but when you get swept up in the fund-raising roller coaster grind of the tour I’ll be ready to go.

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(ISN)

How do you prepare physically for the race?

(Grieve)

The team practices Sunday morning, Tuesdays and Thursdays. My teammates will say maybe a little less for me.(Laughs)

(ISN)

What’s the furthest distance you’ve ridden in training?

(Grieve)

The furthest we’ve ridden is from the Saanich Police Department to Jordan River.

(ISN)

So you must be an avid cyclist who bikes everywhere?

(Grieve)

(Laughing) ahhh..ya no..I’ve always been a sporty guy but other than riding to school as a kid or biking around Europe after a few “Pop’s” I can honestly say I’ve never donned “the spandex.” That’s the hardest part to get over, is how bad you look in those!

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(ISN)

So you donned the Spandex, what does wearing that very distinctive Tour De Rock Jersey mean to you?

(Grieve)

It seems to take on a life of its own, as its very recognizable and means so much to so many people that they know exactly what it is. It’s kind funny that you asked…it comes with such a great tradition and legacy from the pervious riders and I catch myself asking if I am worthy.

(ISN)

Has it hit you yet that you will forever and always be apart of that fraternity?

(Grieve)

Actually I have never thought of that until you asked, thanks for adding more pressure (Laughs) but now that you mention it,  I couldn’t think of anything better to be associated with on the Island.

(ISN)

With regards to the current on going strike, has there been any meetings with either side on their participation for the ride and what are your thoughts.

(Grieve)

Not to my knowledge has anyone from our group touched base with either side regarding participation. This could be a bit of a different tour that the island has never seen before but it doesn’t have to be a negative. There are going to be lots of opportunities for communities to come out and support the team. Given that this is year 10, one of our riders – Dean Norris Jones vice principal at Reynolds –  has told us that he will make sure his kids will be out to fully support and not let this get political, whether that be in a field or community hall.

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(ISN)

Ok Chandler thank you for your time, one last question you know Simon Whitfield…has he given you any advice?

(Grieve)

Butt Wax! Lots of Butt Wax.

(ISN)

Ok great I think we will end there..pun intended!

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