WINCHESTER — His father’s vintage bike has been idled, and Vince Zandbelt reports exceeding his original goal in this year’s COVID-19-modified Telus Ride for Dad (Ottawa edition).
“We upped our Winchester Bike Night team goal from $10,000 last week to $15,000 and on Saturday we met and surpassed it!” declares Zandbelt, who entered the Ride’s 2020 version — dubbed ‘Ride Alone Together.’ He named his ‘team’ in honour of the successful Winchester Bike Night series that he organized last year, an event put off this year because of the pandemic.
Instead, Zandbelt participated in the Ride for Dad fundraiser for the first time — visiting a slew of sponsoring businesses with a special 1956 DKW motorcycle that was a surprise birthday gift for his 90-year-old father. Along the way, he took photos, recently assembled by nephew Reid Zandbelt into a video documenting the effort (at the top of this article).
They’ve raised about $15,300 — highest total in Canada among all of the teams participating in Ride Alone Together.