Langley’s Chris Vecchies will once again participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer on Aug. 27, cycling 200 km through the Pacific Northwest.

Langley man riding 200 km to conquer cancer

Cyclist Chris Vecchies on the road to Seattle in annual Ride to Conquer Cancer fundraiser

There was a time when riding a bike from Vancouver to Seattle, Wash. would have been nearly impossible for Chris Vecchies.

The 34-year-old Langley man recalls being “very overweight” while growing up — a struggle he overcame in his 20s when he lost 110 pounds.

It was through his fitness journey that he developed a love for cycling — first by commuting 20 km to work everyday on a mountain bike — and eventually through daily rides on a road bike.

So when he first heard about the Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2014, Vecchies jumped on the opportunity to participate.

Benefitting the BC Cancer Foundation, this is the third year — and fourth ride — Vecchies is participating in. He will join thousands of other cyclists in the 200 km journey throughout the Pacific Northwest Aug. 27 and 28, as well as the Alberta ride Aug. 6 and 7.

“I love riding my bike, and I love helping people,” Vecchies said.

“It’s changed my life … everyone goes through dark stages in life, and because of the cycling team (with Ride to Conquer Cancer) and that support, it helped me through that period.”

Originally, Vecchies signed up for the ride as an individual in honour of his uncle — a prostate cancer survivor — and a man who was a father figure to him after his own dad passed away at a young age. However, Vecchies was soon recruited to join the Riders for Ryders for team, which was started by Jimi Brockett for his son, Ryder, who passed away from cancer at the age of four and a half.

Today, Vecchies is co-captain of Riders for Ryders — participating for not only his uncle, but for all people who are touched by cancer — and has helped the group raise more than $2.5 million for cancer research.

“Every team in the Ride to Conquer Cancer becomes a family, not just a cycling team,” Vecchies said.

“That’s how life works. You don’t realize it — it’s karma. You do something good, and good comes back to you. It makes you feel good.

“For me, it’s been nothing short of amazing.”

Although riding 200 km can seem daunting, Vecchies says the team atmosphere, and little yellow flags representing cancer survivors found along the route, are what keep him going.

Ultimately, the goal for everyone who rides is to fund research so that future generations can live in a world without cancer, he said.

“If everyone on Earth just helps out a little bit, we will definitely be living in a better place.”

For more information on Riders for Ryders and to make a donation, visit

More information is available at

Just Posted

UPDATE: Strong showing by Langley Selects at 10-day tournament

Twelve teams competed in round-robin series

VIDEO: Langley hospital history recovered

After 16 years in storage, LMH memorial plaques added to museum in time for 70th anniversary party

Heat warning issued for Metro Vancouver

Inland areas expect to hit at least 26 degrees for daytime highs

VIDEO: Erikson’s Daylily Gardens and Perennials holds annual open house

Pam and Tom Erikson have 17th annual charitable fundraiser at their private Langley garden

Cloverdale horse barn goes up in flames

Fire crews work for hours to extinguish blaze on 184th Street

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Short trip to car-free Sidney Spit offers camping, beaches, hikes

Sidney Spit is part of B.C.’s Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a protected marine ecosystem

Riptide, CVUSC paved the way for varsity soccer players

Chloe Gummer has become a leader at VIU

B.C. woman disappointed after family asked for ID at townhouse complex pool

Surrey woman says it’s not the first time she has experienced racial profiling at the complex

Park pipeline protesters say arrest is a ‘declaration of war’

Group behind North Thompson River Provincial Park occupation protest says arrest is ‘declaration of war’

A day of deals at Amazon, and at its rivals

Online retail giant extends annual ‘Prime Day’ promotion to 36 hours

Alert B.C. campers raise alarm and avert potential propane disaster

Salmon Arm camper lodges a complaint with Technical Safety BC after motorhome tank is over-filled.

5 to start your day

Heat warning issued, man climbs a crane, a dog-sprinting event, and more

Non-union construction industry fears exclusion in B.C.

Premier John Horgan announces new Crown corporation for public works

Most Read