“The Ride to Conquer Cancer has taught me that ordinary people can be heroes. We just need each other to make it happen. We are all in this together…”
– Todd Kemper
Consider joining our team, creating your own, or riding for a loved one. For more information, or to get started, click the link below!
Our mission is simple: We are raising funds that will go directly to research that benefits patients with triple-negative breast cancer right here at home. To learn more, click the link below.
To learn more about the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Alberta Cancer Foundation, click the link below.
2017 Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer
Team Progress (2017)
Team Dollars Raised (2017)
Fundraising Goal (2017)
Team Dollars Raised (2016)
Fundraising Goal (2016)
WHO WE ARE
Founder, Team Captain
Todd is Linnea’s widow and our team founder. He is a professional biologist, retired hooligan, horrible swimmer and aspiring triathlete from Edmonton, Alberta. This cause is his passion and this team is his extended family. He also has a bike-buying problem…
Assistant Captain; Team Unicorn, Beer Tester
Mara is, simply put, a magical individual. She is family, and she was there to support Linnea and Todd both through the long and arduous cancer journey. That takes a strong individual, and Mara is exactly that. She is a devoted teammate and also a purveyor of tasty treats! Mara bravely offers to sample and select our post-ride beverages for us. #BeerHero
Assistant Captain; Polish Weather Forecaster
Sebastian has been in Linnea’s corner for as long as she can remember. He is consistently one of our strongest riders and team motivators. But if he ever promises you a day of “sunshine and lollipops”, man… you’d better pack a parka.
Assistant Captain; Fashion Police
Beatrice is Todd’s “Sista from another mista”. She is also our road bike scrutineer and fashion police. MTB pedals on your roadie?? She ain’t gonna stand for that. Is that a visor on your helmet?? Prepare to be mocked. Sock game not quite on-point?? Bea is going to make sure you know about it (and the rest of the team does too). This is Bea’s third Ride to Conquer Cancer and we all follow her example. We also follow her up hills, because nobody can catch her. She has legs of steel and an unstoppable heart.
Graphic Designer, Equipment Manager
Jared is a gear junkie through and through, and takes his job as equipment manager seriously. He is a long-time friend of Todd’s, and is a hard-working self-employed graphic designer and a proud dad. Jared is SO hard working, in fact, that hardly a day goes by where he doesn’t message us all from some high-end bike shop trying to convince us of the need for something fancy, expensive, and (usually) Italian. He swears it all makes him faster…
They say that he was once a dreadlock-wearing snowboarder and tree-planter. They say he once turned down a chance to be a professional windsurfer and traded it for the glory of being a professional biologist so he could sit in a cubicle and write funding agreements for obscure endangered species. We don’t know if any of that is true (it is), but we do know that he is a natural athlete and a rider of effortless strength and ability. His also our shallow well of technical knowledge when we have a mechanical failure. His rebellious and counter-culture nature still shines through – he refuses to accept societal norms of punctuality…
Team Chef, Stylist
Stephane is our resident hair guru and team chef. His positive attitude nourishes our team (almost) as much as his delicious pulled pork. This man pulls some mean meat… These days he’s sporting frosted tips and a highly questionable ‘stache, so he may be exploring alternative careers in 90’s boy bands and/or pornography. We just don’t know.
There once was a girl from the west
So maybe her rhymes aren’t the best
But she’ll write you a poem
If you bring her goal home
Cause we all hate cancer of breast
Bear Wrangler, Mixologist
Andrea is a carnivore biologist from southwest Alberta. A long time friend of Linnea’s, she and Jesse became family to Todd and Linnea while sharing a house for a semester. Andrea promises to use her carnivore know-how to protect us (and our pic’inick baskets) from marauding bears on our rides. She also happens to be a damn fine bartender, and we hope those skills get put to greater use than her wildlife skills do!!
Dragomir, “Drajs” (pronounced D’rice), or simply “The Dragon”; Call him whatever you want. He is a machine, a man of wisdom and emotional intelligence. He also teaches us to toast in Croatian, although when we see the twinkle in his eye when he does so, we’re pretty sure he is secretly getting us to say something completely juvenile. And we love it.
Head of the Peleton
This year, Victoria is coming out all the way from “the Six” (no idea why they actually call it that) to, once again, be an integral part of the Legion. Known for her infectious laugh and, in Todd’s words, “other assets”, we’re glad to have her back!!!
Beer Guy, Reluctant Roadie
David is our beer and mountain bike guru. He used to sling coffee and pizza. Now he’s our guy at Sherbrooke Liquor. We think it’s a step up… He loves downhill and hates road bikes so we can’t wait to have Heather hold him down while we shave his legs and force him into pink lycra. Bottom line: good sport.
Brett was Linnea’s cousin. He is also a devoted husband and father to two adorable young’ns. As you can imagine, Brett has less time to train than he would like, but his natural athleticism carries him through. Brett is our official road surveyor, mostly because he tends to be out in front. But if he ever tells you “it’s all downhill from here” he is 100% bullshitting.
Stephen is hands-down the second best looking bald guy on our team… kind of a fitter-Kevin-Spacey thing going on. Some of the girls wanted to put the matter to a vote, but Todd played his veto card and then pushed them in front of a moving subway train. Or something like that. Nobody is willing to ask anymore. But we do know that he is hands-down the fastest and fittest bald guy on the team and we welcome him for 2017!
Team Border Collie
Have you ever seen a border collie go after something it DESPERATELY wanted? That’s how Tom goes about his life – relentlessly going after whatever he’s going after. Whether he’s chasing a frisbee, squash ball, wildlife or just trying to destroy you at a board game, he doesn’t know the meaning of the word quit. We are predicting some KOMs in his future…
Kairsty and Todd went to elementary school together, longer ago than either one is willing to admit. She was inspired to join the team after hearing Jared’s new-found love of riding!
Heather is badass as they come. She once passed Lance Armstrong on a climb, looped around to pick him up again, and then dropped him for a second time. When he finally got to the finish line and collapsed she knelt down to pick him up, bench-pressed him, and then ripped down his bib shorts and mocked his testicle. #AlternativeFacts
We took a long look at our team roster and thought “what are we missing?”. The obvious answer: brooding hottie and photographer. Seriously though… Tessa was one of Linnea’s closest and most treasured friends. From junior high to end-of-life Tessa wasn’t far from Linnea’s thoughts and memories. We are honoured to have her with us in 2017.
Team Den Mother
Anne is our hippy den mother. She nourishes and supports us, but beware if she thinks you are standing in our way! In addition to being our team den mother she is also a real mother to two wonderful daughters and a kind neighbor, generous with patience, advice and whisky.
Every cycling team needs at least one Italian to be considered legit. So, Jared solicited his friend Carlo to join us. We don’t know much about Carlo yet, but we already know he likes fancy italian bikes, and that’s enough for us to like him already. Welcome to the team, Carlo!
Carly Szanik Coumantarakis
Trash Talker, Health Care Liase
When shit goes down in the Peleton… we’re glad to have Carly on our squad. We are also grateful that they don’t print names on bike jerseys! In addition to being our trash talker, Carly is an accomplished long-distance cyclist and a health care worker. She doesn’t know it yet, but she’s going to hook us up with transfusions before the big climb.
Water’s for fishin’. Dickel’s for drinkin’.
Mini-Todd, Team Wolverine
So, uh…the thing about Troy is this: he has a great haircut, a great sense of fashion, and although he’s a little bit shorter than Todd he makes up for with vicious tenacity. Like a wolverine, he is tougher than his size lets on. He’s also a great friend and a kind man. We are delighted that he finally decided to join our ranks in 2017!
Lori is our team badass. She speaks her mind and commands respect. And who wouldn’t respect an accomplished runner, cyclist and triathlete? Lori has completed the New York Marathon, the Vineman Tri (full ironman distance) and countless other events. She’s so badass she took an iceball off the temple in a snowball fight and came up smiling…. Todd’s dog likes Lori more than he likes Todd and it drives him nuts!!
Rotating or sliding piece in a mechanical linkage
Cam is connected to Linnea, and to the Legion, on multiple fronts. He’s also a helluva guy and we are stoked to have him on our team. With three kids and a busy career we know we are lucky that he has donated his time and energy to this ride. Maybe it’s all the beer we feed him? Don’t tell his wife.
Jill is an old friend of Linnea’s and one of the finest human beings you will ever encounter. She brings an endless energy and enthusiasm to the Legion, but is also bringing a heavy heart… We are so honoured that Jill has decided to join the Legion this year and we welcome her with open arms. Our team is going to be just that extra bit more awesome with Jill in our ranks!