Rider Bios

Be inspired by Phil Calvano

Phil Calvano is not a professional cyclist. Then an acquaintance invited him to The Michelangelo Gala organized by Dominic Dell’Elce, Co-Chair of the 2008 Ride to Conquer Cancer, an event to raise funds for cancer research where they previewed a promotional video of the two-day bicycle ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls.

Calvano was intrigued by the event and excited about the prospect of raising money for cancer, however, the thought of riding such a distance was daunting; initially so daunting that he did not register for the event right away. “I don’t start anything I can’t finish,” says Calvano, “so I was apprehensive.” Finally he took the plunge and registered. “At that point it dawned on me. I said, ‘I have to do it’. I started out doing short rides. The main focus at first was just getting fit.”

From there Calvano bought some exercise videos and also began training indoors as well. But there were still some challenges in the training process. “When I looked at the training calendar provided by the folks at the Ride I was constantly falling short.” says Calvano.

But then he realized that the mental side of training can be more important than the physical. By overcoming mental blocks about training distances he realized that he could do it physically.

His advice is simple:

“Register. Once you have made the commitment to riding and raising the money you are on the road to success. The people at the Ride to Conquer Cancer are there every step of the way to support you be it for fundraising or training. The support you get pre event is great and it is incredible to hear the cheers and feel the vibe on event.”