Trevor Cradduck of Nanaimo has a target to cycle 750 kilometres and raise $3,000 for the Great Cycle Challenge. Money raised will go to the Sick Kids Foundation for childhood cancer research. (Submitted photo)

Trevor Cradduck of Nanaimo has a target to cycle 750 kilometres and raise $3,000 for the Great Cycle Challenge. Money raised will go to the Sick Kids Foundation for childhood cancer research. (Submitted photo)

Nanaimo man in his 80s will cycle hundreds of kilometres in childhood cancer fight

Trevor Cradduck seeks to ride 750 kilometres to raise money in Great Cycle Challenge

An 84-year-old Nanaimo man will pedal 750 kilometres in his effort in the battle against childhood cancer.

Trevor Cradduck is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge Canada in August, with a goal to log a lot of kilometres and raise $3,000, all in the name of Sick Kids Foundation. The challenge will see Cradduck recording bike mileage, trying to reach his targets.

While the retired medical physicist said the kids are the reason he is taking part in the challenge, he has been affected by cancer, which also served as inspiration.

“My cousin in Britain suffered from a cancer that debilitated him for several months in hospital some years ago … also the fact that my early career, I started work at Toronto General Hospital, which is right next door to [the Hospital for Sick Children], so I have a bit of an affinity to that,” said Cradduck.

While the goal is for 750 kilometres, he has cycled longer distances for the challenge in the past.

“I guess last year I did something like 1,300 kilometres in the month … I’m 84 and I figured, well I should set my target a little lower, even if I try to raise the same amount of money,” Cradduck said with a laugh. “If I go past it, well that’s good.”

Cradduck said he tries to ride between 25-35 kilometres every day and he likes cycling around Nanaimo.

“I’m glad now that the city has made some of the trails a little bit better,” said Cradduck. “The parkway trail last year was just awful, between Mostar and East Wellington … but they repaved that, so that’s quite a nice trail now.”

People can donate here or by going to www.greatcyclechallenge.ca and searching for Trevor Cradduck.

As of Saturday afternoon, he had raised over $2,400, good enough for first in the 76-years-and-older category.

READ ALSO: Father brings parent’s perspective to Tour de Rock

READ ALSO: 2019 ride raises $1.1M for kids cancer research



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Karl on Twitter and Instagram

Cancerfundraising

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Firefighters from three departments battled a house fire south of Nanaimo for more than nine hours Sunday. (Photo courtesy Martin Leduc)
Home destroyed by fire south of Nanaimo

Firefighters from three fire departments battle blaze fanned by strong southerly winds on Sunday

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19: B.C. seniors aged 80+ can start to sign up for vaccination on March 8

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared over at Eden Gardens. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared over at Nanaimo’s Eden Gardens

One staff member and one resident tested positive for the virus over past two weeks

Gabriola Island poet Naomi Beth Wakan’s latest book is ‘Wind on the Heath.’ (Photo courtesy Elias Wakan)
Former Nanaimo poet laureate revisits past poems in latest collection

Gabriola Island’s Naomi Beth Wakan presents career-spanning ‘Wind on the Heath’

An app available through the Vancouver Island Regional Library’s website can help students during COVID times. (Stock photo)
New library app can help families with online learning

Sample tests, virtual flashcards available through Vancouver Island Regional Library’s website

B.C. Attorney General David Eby speaks in the legislature, Dec. 7, 2020. Eby was given responsibility for housing after the October 2020 provincial election. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends COVID-19 rent freeze again, to the end of 2021

‘Renoviction’ rules tightened, rent capped to inflation in 2022

Face mask hangs from a rear-view mirror. (Black Press image)
B.C. CDC unveils guide on how to carpool during the pandemic

Wearing masks, keeping windows open key to slowing the spread of COVID-19

Churches, including Langley’s Riverside Calvary Church, are challenging the regulations barring them from holding in-person worship services during COVID-19. (Langley Advance Times file)
Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hills using a homemade trip camera. Vancouver Island is home to approximately 800 cougars, which makes up about a quarter of the total population in B.C. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Wildlife advocate Gary Schroyen captured this picture of a one-year-old cougar in the Sooke Hill using a homemade trip camera. Schroyen presents Animal Signs: The Essence of Animal Communication on Nov. 30. (Gary Schroyen photo)
Declining Vancouver Island cougar populations linked to wolves

Large carnivore specialist says human development still plays biggest role on cougar numbers

Police have identified the vehicle involved in the Feb. 14 hit-and-run in Chemainus and are continuing to investigate. (Black Press Media files)
Police seize and identify suspect vehicle in hit-and-run

Investigation into death expected to be lengthy and involved

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Most Read