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Bike to Work Week with commitment

Steve Pilcher, left, tests out the suspension on his unicycle while Craig Senych looks on. Both men are among employees from Nanaimo
Steve Pilcher, left, tests out the suspension on his unicycle while Craig Senych looks on. Both men are among employees from Nanaimo's Inuktun robotics company articipating in Bike to Work Week (May 26-June 1).
— image credit: Chris Bush

Maple Bay's Craig Senych is taking Bike to Work Week seriously.

This week, the vice-president of operations for Nanaimo's  Inuktun Services dusted off his Trek 520 touring bike for a one-day, one-way commute to work.

Interviewed prior to his trek, Senych, 53, estimated it will take him three and a half to four hours to make the 70-km commute.

“When I was younger I used to ride a lot, but now I’m just a fat, cranky old man,” Senych said. “I still think I can do it, but just not as fast as I used to.”

Senych is used to long rides from when he and his wife lived in Alberta and would cycle between Banff and Jasper, but Senych is carefully planning his route. Once in Nanaimo he’ll likely stick with the steady grade of the Nanaimo Parkway rather than take the Parkway Trail with all its climbs, dips and weaves.

“By that time I’ll be tired,” Senych said.

Senych also knows a commute like that is not sustainable, especially since he will have to leave home at about 4 a.m. to make it to work on time.

“Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to do it more than one half trip,” Senych said. “It’s a logistical issue for me because if I ride both ways I’ll be sleeping the entire next day.”

 

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