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Bike MS: City to Shore Ride-Wiebe van Bockel

Bristol is united in a single goal to create a world free of MS and will be participating in the 35th annual Bike MS: City to Shore Ride (October 3 & 4, 2015) The Bristol team is comprised of Chris Kline, Chris Morris, Nathan Brinker, and Wiebe van Bockel.

4 August 2015

UPDATE:  Team Pineapple have collectively completed more than 3,375 miles (April 1 – July 31) training for the 180 mile ride.

Bristol Team Goal:  $10,000


Team Name:  Bristol Global Mobility

Upper right hand corner/Go/Donate NowBristol Team Pineapple Goal: $10,000— ,

You can also mail a check as follows:  National MS Society, Bike MS 2015, 30 S. 17th Street, Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

For more information:

Team Pineapple Rider:  Wiebe van Bockel (Commercial Director (Voerman International-Netherlands)

Why are you riding in this event? What is your motivation? (Personal, for fitness…?)

I was inspired by my colleagues and friends at Bristol to take on the challenge to ride in the MS Bike Ride, and I fully embrace it. The task to cycle will be tough as a non-cyclist, but with the proper training and especially drive, I will make it in Oktober!

In my personal life, I haven’t been confronted yet with MS, but just outside my family circle it has hit hard. Working for the Voerman Group has taught me that giving back is important. We work in an international environment, and it’s great to raise money for good causes. I look forward to seeing everyone in Oktober and hope this event will help raise a lot of money. It would be great if we can set a new milestone and motivate and inspire more people.

What/who inspired you to join the race?

Chris Kline of Bristol who joined us in the Ven2-4Cancer event in 2013.

What have you been doing to get ready for the event? What is your special training regimen?

I picked on my own schedules and am on the bike every week. I also picked up spinning classes and make my cycle tracks longer.

What is the “secret” to your training regimen?

I train in The Netherlands – low lands of the world with no altitude at all, but always wind. The Netherlands is known as a cycling country as everybody rides a bike. My secret is to have a good meal or nice glass of wine after a big training ride.

What are your expectations for your time?

No expectations at this stage as do not focus on time, but more on getting the job done..

What kind of bike will you be riding?

A normal bike – but a rented one as I will be coming from Europe for the event.

How many bike events have you participated in before?

7 ( / / )

What makes you standout on the team?

I will try to be the entertainer!

Which part of the ride are you looking forward to the most?

A bit of sightseeing, but especially building relationships and friendships with my team!

Who is the best cyclist in the group?

I assume the youngest…

Will you be listening to music in the ride? Who/what is on your playlist?

Maybe, but probably enjoy the silence, too. For me normally Techno music or 90-ties music.

What are your motivational thoughts during the ride?

The laughter & party after the race.

Why should people donate to the cause?

Because it’s important to give back and help others. It’s easy to just look the other way, but it’s important for humanity to share, have solidarity, and look for ways to support the other.

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