Monday, 19 January 2015

"Do it Now"...

 I had a ski racing injury a week ago. Over the past week I have been unable to train/ride/workout, I can barely ride and walking on stairs is tough. Today I'm on my third day of riding at about 20% of normal. When I was on the bike today It got me thinking about how we take our health and more for granted. A few weeks ago a person very close to me said , "what if today was your last day ever to train or read or write or think or whatever".. Maybe you have an accident, you get sick or worse ...He said " Go and ride today as if its your last day with your health and don't give an inch". I think i just brushed it off! So last week when i injured my knee ski racing it rendered me basically useless. This week doing some of the most basic workout stuff was painful and difficult and its frustrating and upsetting me. So im writing this because i know how people put off a work out, procrastinate on a personal goal ( any goal ). We are always thinking that tomorrow or next week or next month might be a good time to start .Hey , whats wrong with today! Well maybe next week or next month you won't be able to accomplish your personal goal because something happens and life gets in the way. Well thats the thought I had today as i was working hard to make my way back on the bike . So go do something ....because you can!


Friday, 19 December 2014

Erace Cancer Teammate and cancer survivor helps us to raise $7000.00 for Camp Ooch and Wins Pedal Mag Contest of the week.

Danny Brunet’s Ride On is Pedal’s Great Bike Moment Contest Pick of the Week

November 06, 2014 – Have you entered Pedal’s #GreatBikeMoment contest? Danny Brunet’s touching story is our pick of the week. Tell us a bike moment that inspired or changed you to win great prizes enter here.
Ride On
The moment that changed me was when I could no longer use my bike. At the age of 27, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy. During those hard months, my brain felt like mush and I just couldn’t wait to ride. After my last treatment, I received the best birthday gift from my family and friends, a new mountain bike. I was eager to hit the trails.
Danny Brunet with his new bike [P]
A summer season passed by and one day after a hard effort on the trainer I felt light headed, had blurry vision and my feet were numb. The numbness spread to my lower abdomen and I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. The reality is, I don’t know what my future holds and this disease could leave me in a wheel chair.
Helping kid touched by Cancer [P] Danny Brunet
My number one goal is to stay healthy for myself, my wife and our son. I have challenged myself and have made my diet and exercise a main priority. I continue to race many endurance races with my toughest challenge being the 24 Hour of Summer Solstice race where I completed nearly 300km as a solo racer. I will continue the fight to stay healthy and will continue to ride on.
Night shot at the 24-hour race as a solo rider [P] Danny Brunet

1 Comments For This Post

  1. denisebrunet, Ontario, Canada says: 
    Danny, you are an inspiration to so many people. I wanted to add to your story to mention your hard work through several bike races this summer as you and your brother raised funds for Camp Ouch, a camp for children with cancer. You and your brother signed on If I’m not mistaken, you raised $8,000+ which helped to send kids with cancer to camp. How remarkable! Keep up the good work.

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

A thank you from the Executive Director of Camp Ooch - Dec 10 2014

Earlier in the week I sent out a team/club email as follows ;

"Thanks to all of our sponsors and our dedicated riders who made it possible to  raise $65000.00  in 2014. This brings our  3 year total to  $145,000.00!!
Remember our little contribution to OOCH actually makes a difference in kids lives who are really sick with cancer."
Below is the personal response received from the Executive Director of Camp Oochigeas.  Please read below. Our small contribution does make a difference!
For more information or details contact me at

Letter from the Executive Director

Subject: Re: Erace Cancer Cycling Team - 2105 supporting Camp OOCH First 2015 notice! 
Date: December 10, 2014 at 5:26:19 PM EST

Peter and Team,

Congratulations on an incredible year. Peter is absolutely right: your fundraising efforts make a big difference at Camp Ooch. Not only are the funds raised very much needed and well used to send kids with cancer to camp, the awareness you raise is absolutely priceless and benefits the charity for the future. 

2014 marks Ooch's biggest year yet. We reached over 1000 patients and their families through our year-round programs in Muskoka, in the city and at four GTA hospitals. We are committed to never turning a child with cancer away. As Ooch receives no government funding, we rely on the generosity and dedication of fundraisers and donors like you. 

I have posted a link below to a video from our graduating campers of 2014 to share gratitude, in their own words, for supporting their participation at Ooch. 

On behalf of all of us at Camp, thank you! Wishing you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season. 


Alex Robertson 
Executive Director
Camp Oochigeas 

Monday, 10 November 2014

Erace Cancer 2014 .... Wins two Provincial titles and $65000.00 for Camp Oochigeas!


For those of you who do not use Facebook or twitter I have sent this email to copy you on what i posted today - Nov 9 2014
Thanks to all  of you for an amazing season.We appreciate all of your continued support, your belief in our team and racers and most of all in helping us to raise $65000.00 that supports programs for kid with cancer and Camp Oochigeas .

Posted to Facebook Nov 9 2014

Two Provincial titles for Erace Cancer Cycling Team and Foundation 2014Huge Kudos Lori Kofman and Rob " the machine " Sule for laying down Ontario Cycling Association provincial title wins. They are both incredible racers and I'm putting everyone on notice that you should not let their innocent demeanour at the start line fool you. They both can do some serious damage to their competitors and I'm always proud of their determined killer focus with a smile on the side.
It was a great day ( we were expecting snow! ) but it wasn't actually bad at all Hardwood Ski and Bike. Congrats to my fellow competitors and teammates . Special mention to Marshall Eidinger for a stellar performance and podium in his first year at cx .We know everyone worked hard yesterday Brad Hunter,& Stephen Chester
Thats a wrap.... racing ends March 2014 Paris Ancaster - Nov, 9 2014 Cyclocross provincials. $65000.00 raised for Camp Oochigeas Thanks to everyone for following and our amazing teammates, club members and sponsors

Thats a wrap on racing for 2014 and hope to  see you  all supporting and racing or riding with us next year ( or maybe out riding in the snow )

Pete and Lori

Peter Kofman
c.4163159148 ( pk)
c.4163159149 ( lk )

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Cyclocross cx 2014 continued great representation by Erace Cancer Cycling Team

Cyclocross 2014
October 12 2014

If you have never checked out the following website it is really interesting
Search for your name and you will be surprised about how much data it has on racers!!


Great showing by Erace Cancer Oct.11.2014 at Turkey Cx

All of the guys raced well with a great finish by Marshall 3rd - Elite 4

Great work by ;

Joe Accardi M3
Jeff Kielley M3
Marshall Edinger 3rd Elite 4 !!! 
Stephen Chester M2
Gabe Faraone M2

Giles Marshall M2
Ellison Park , Rochester NY.
Lori and I raced at Ellison Park in Rochester yesterday
It was a really interesting course
250 feet of climbing per lap and a bit tricky
Sort of what we might call "mountain cross"
Really interesting to race in the states 
Very different than the home turf.
Results Ellison Park , Rochester 
Peter Kofman 3rd in Cat
Lori Kofman 5th Open Women

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A few great results, pics and Cross Season is here!

The Erace season is still going strong
In the past few weeks we have had  really solid results in the following races

Ontario Provincial Time Trial
Ontario Provincial Mountain Bike
Ontario Provincial Criterium
The 8 hours race last weekend at Hardwood Hills
Cowbell Cyclocross 1st Ocup

Firstly let me say that I might make some mistakes in posting results. I might inadvertently leave someone out or miss something. No offence to anyone if i screw this up!

Cowbell Cross

It was the season opener.  The first O Cup. We had a really strong showing last weekend at the event
Lots of the team were there. Lori , myself, Gabe , Steve Chester , Brad ,Marshall and Joe
It was fast and flat making for an hour of power.

Although everyone did really well Lori kicked some serious butt and placed 1st in her cat.
Another win for her.

We will be back for more at TOCX this weekend

Ontario Provincial Mountain Bike race
Horseshoe Ontario

Rob Sule and Garnett were the main event
They did some serious damage out there with Rob Sule placing second in his cat
Rob has excelled all year at his riding and this was another solid podium
Garnet worked hard showing well in his category

Much more to come as we continue the Cross season. it going to get cold and the racing is going to get much hotter.  We have great attendance so should   do really well as a team in the cross discipline overall standings Stay tuned


Monday, 29 September 2014

Please come out celebrate and support, Mikaela Kofman and SCOTT 3 Rox athletes as they Push for Pan Am Games to take place right here in Toronto. Evite in the post below

Come celebrate and support Canada's Premier Mountain Bike team Oct 28 , at Steam Whistle Brewery.
As many of you know our daughter Mikaela Kofman races for SCOTT-3Rox racing. This year they are celebrating an amazing 2014 season and are looking forward to next years Pan Am Games that will take place in our own backyard
See Mikaela's personal note below inviting everyone to the SCOTT-3Rox year end bash and the Push for the Pan AM's .
Please come out to help support these athletes, the team as they aspire to win for Canada at the games
Hope to see you there.
From Mikaela Kofman
Hey Everybody...
As the 2014 season is coming to an end the SCOTT-3Rox team is looking forward to 2015. The team has high hopes for the upcoming 2015 season with the Pan American Games taking place here in Toronto. 3 Rox Racing has the potential to qualify a large portion of the Canadian contingent competing at the Games. The team will be hosting a year end event to not only celebrate a successful 2014 season but to support the "push for Pan-Am" dream. Additionally, over the 5 years that I have raced for 3 Rox Racing it has gone from a home-grown local development squad to a UCI elite professional XC team. Coming out to this event will help the 3 Rox team maintain its UCI elite status which enables world class competition on the World Cup Circuit. I look forward to seeing you October, your support is always appreciated!
Following is the official invite and link to the event.
-Mikaela Kofman-
Scott-3 Rox Racing would like to invite you to an evening with Canada’s premier mountain bike team. SCOTT-3 Rox Racing is a Canadian Professional mountain bike team and UCI Elite Team currently ranked 16th in the world. The event includes cocktail reception, silent auction, and a chance to support Canada’s only UCI Elite professional XC team. The year-end party is an opportunity to not only support the push for Pan-Am, but to meet some of the best XC riders in North America including a multi-time Olympian and several National and Pan American Champions.

Kyle Douglas
SCOTT-3Rox Racing Team
Team Manager
Scott-3 Rox Racing would like to invite you to an evening with Canada’s premier mountain bike team. SCOTT-3 Rox Racing is a Canadian Professional mountain bike team and UCI Elite Team currently ranked 16th in the world. The event...