"Everyone thinks we’re dating because we’re always together,” jokes Scott about his friendship with David. “I talk to David more than I talk to my mother.” Scott and David’s friendship blossomed last fall when they became part of the Friends For Life Bike Rally steering committee. They are the co-leaders of rider development — mentoring and coaching riders, especially the first-years. “We do seminars on fixing flats, cycling 101, hill-climbing and fundraising, among other things,” David says.
David, who first did the bike rally three years ago, and Scott, who signed up six years ago as assistant coordinator of the event, admit they joined at points in their lives when they were “underemployed” and had time off. “My participation in the rally, at first, was just writing cheques for friends,” says David, “but once you’re in, you’re hooked!” Scott adds, “It just got under my skin. I saw the experience the riders were having and wanted that expe- rience as well.” This year the rally has 160 new riders and has surpassed a million dollars in fundraising. Both David and Scott are looking forward to the ride and offer advice to anyone thinking of joining next year: “If you’re going to ride, don’t be afraid you won’t make it,” says David. “You will. It changes people, and you’ll have the time of your life.”