From RAAM to the rink
Cervélo Customer Service Manager Adrian Boma-Fischer was inspired to take part in the Wounded Warriors Pte. Tyler W. Todd Memorial Hockey Tournament after helping to raise funds for charity in the 4,800km Race Across America.
Like many Canadians, Adrian plays hockey year-round. And like many Cervélo employees, he gets out on his road bike from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
His cycling schedule heats up in summer -- no surprises there -- and it took an exciting turn in June of 2017 when he was navigator, mechanic and informal motivation coach for True Patriot Love, a team that competed in RAAM. The squad raised money for its namesake charity, which supports members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
This cause is close to Adrian’s heart, and it echoes that of Wounded Warriors Canada, which honours and supports ill and injured Armed Forces members, veterans, first responders and their families. So when Adrian was approached by Cervélo Territory Manager Glen Innes about playing in the Todd Tournament, he jumped at the opportunity.
“I have an enormous amount of respect for the work that Wounded Warriors Canada does, and was eager to show my support,” Adrian explains.
Glen, for his part, has been deeply involved with WWC since 2012, when 22 Canadian soldiers on Cervélo S2 bikes took part in the Big Battlefield Bike Ride, a six-day, 550-kilometre journey through France and Belgium organized by Britain’s Help for Heroes campaign. Fast-forward to 2018, and WWC’s role in the ride, along with Cervélo’s support of it, has evolved and expanded dramatically. Cervélo became presenting sponsor in 2015, and has bolstered the independent event with volunteers and bicycle donations. After each ride brand-new Cervélo road bikes are auctioned off, adding to the more than $2 million raised so far by cyclists, donors and sponsors. The 2018 Battlefield Bike Ride, from June 8 to 16, will begin on the 100th anniversary of the end World War I in the very place that sparked the “war to end all wars” — on the streets of Sarajevo.
Now, Cervélo employees are lending their hockey skills to the cause by joining Team Wounded Warriors for the eighth-annual Tyler W. Todd Memorial Tournament. On March 30 and 31, hundreds of players will hit the ice in Plattsville Arena -- an hour’s drive west of Cervélo’s Toronto headquarters -- to honour the local soldier who sacrificed his life while serving in Afghanistan on April 11, 2010. In the wake of the 26-year-old’s death, family and friends founded the four-on-four co-ed tournament to raise funds for WWC and to celebrate three things Tyler was passionate about: Hockey, community and helping others.
As well as supporting a tremendous cause, Adrian is looking forward to the camaraderie and competition of the game he loves. “There's always a funny story or joke being told in the dressing room,” he says. “Plus, I hope to set up a teammate for a nice goal. I’d love to see Glen celebrate. Look out Tiger Williams!”
The WWC team (No. 22) is ready to give fans plenty to cheer about when it plays at 1:20pm and 9:50pm on March 30, and at 1:10pm and 7pm on March 31. If Cervélo riders need other reasons to attend, Plattsville Arena is right in the middle of some great Strava segments and country loops, and Sweets bakery in nearby New Hamburg is along the way.
Hockey, cycling, good causes and cinnamon buns, together at last…