On Saturday evening, January 25, 2020, at the Track Cycling World Cup in Milton, Canada, Stefan was given a heart-felt honouring. The announcers welcomed Stefan onto the track to a standing ovation. He rode five laps around his national home track for the first time since the August 30, 2018 injury. As a friend joked later, “Stefan, that was your slowest kilo ever.” And in Stefan’s words, “It was great! I could’ve stayed out there for an hour!”
Thanks to Kris Westwood and ALL Cycling Canada staff who made this beautiful tribute ride possible. In the Canadian Cyclist article, it shares how behind the scenes the ride came to be. Basically Stefan was not expecting to ride the track. And before one knew it, all the pieces fell into place for it to happen. A very pleasant surprise indeed, along with getting a new track suit!
For me as a Mom, it was great to see Stefan reunited with his former coach, teammates, and the tremendous Cycling Canada staff support team. As well as how the broader cycling community and many cycling families were all very excited to see Stefan at the track. Everyone’s support of Stefan in so many ways is really appreciated and warm’s the heart!
What is next for Stefan? While, the world is full of possibility. As one door closes another opens. On the Sunday, Stefan was able to shadow a photographer and get a feel of what life is like on the other side of the camera lens. Check out his photos from the Milton World Cup.
Thanks again to ALL for your ongoing support!
Photo Credit: Canadian Cyclist
posted by Barbara Ritter