2009 CEO Cycling Challenge with George Hincapie, SC
November 5, 2009 - November 7, 2009
TD Canada Trust's Hockey is CEO Cycling Challenge champion
Tim Hockey, CEO and President of TD Canada Trust in Toronto, was the 2009 champion of the CEO Cycling Challenge hosted in Greenville, SC on November 7, 2009. Eight CEOs from across North America spent the weekend cycling with Tour de France star (and US Pro Cycling Champion) George Hincapie. The CEO Cycling Challenge, now in it's second year, is designed to allow CEOs a rare glimpse into the everyday life of an internationally famous cyclist, while networking with fellow CEOs who share their passion for cycling. Like all events organized by Boulder, CO based CEO Challenges, the weekend also included a competition to find out who was this year's best CEO cyclist by timing them up the famous Paris Mountain 1.8-mile (3Km) climb. Hockey was first up, in 13:07, and therefore crowned as this year's champion.
Second place went to TD Bank Financial Group's Alan Jette, who finished in 13:28, and third was Charles Williamson of Chartis of New York, who finished in 14:04.
Tim was cycling on behalf of a group called Les Domestiques - business leaders from the Toronto area that promote philanthropy, the value of cycling, and an active healthy lifestyle. Seven of the CEOs in the Cycling Challenge were members of the Les Domestiques cycling club, including Peter Gilgan, founder of Mattamy Homes and Phil Smith of Scotia Capital. Phil summed up his experience in Greenville by saying, "This was a great event highlighted by excellent riding and inspiring people".
Along with cycling the incredible roads around South Carolina, the CEOs enjoyed a personal tour of Hincapie Sportswear, a private reception at George's home, and attendance at a Fashion Show that raised money for the Heartstep Foundation Charity. In addition to a donation to Heartstep for VIP passes to the fashion show, CEO Challenges donated $900 to the Challenged Athletes Foundation on behalf of the CEOs that took part in the Cycling Challenge.
Ted Kennedy, President of CEO Challenges, summed up the weekend by saying, "George Hincapie is perhaps the most admired professional cyclist in the world today, and it is just incredible to me to see how he opens up his life to the CEO Challenge participants. How often do you get to know a pro athlete on a truly personal basis? Sure, there are events that allow you the opportunity to meet pros, but once George feels comfortable with the group (riding 2 - 6 hours per day), he relaxes, lets his guard down, and we get to see what a truly nice, and fun, guy he really is. This, for me, is the most special event we put on each year - I am already looking forward to next November in Greenville!"
King of the Mountain Climb - Paris Mtn, South Carolina - Nov 7, 2009
- Tim Hockey, TD Canada Trust - 13:07
- Alan Jette, TD Bank Financial Group - 13:28
- Charles Williamson, Chartis Insurance - 14:04
- TJ Donnelly, Baldhead Systems Inc - 14:20
- Roger Beauchemin, McLean Budden - 15:34
- Phil Smith, Scotia Capital Inc - 15:45
- Mike Butler, Northwest & Ethical Investments - 21:37
- Peter Gilgan, Mattamy Homes - DNS
Local blogger Jonathan Pait followed the group on their ride up Paris Mountain, and the post (including helmet cam video!) can be found here: http://lowcadence.com/2009/11/07/passing-george-hincapie-climbing-paris-mountain/
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Feedback from participants after the event:
100% "Exceeded any and all expectations"!
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