The Growl­ing Beaver Brevet

LO­CA­TION Colling­wood, Ont. DIS­TANCES 40, 100 or 200 km DATE Sept. 30 growl­ing­

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - SUDS & CYCLING -

Gar­net Pratt Sid­dall, pres­i­dent and ceo of the Side Launch Brew­ing Com­pany, and her hus­band Evan Sid­dall are key play­ers in the cre­ation of the Growl­ing Beaver Brevet, a char­ity ride that sup­ports the Davis Phin­ney Foun­da­tion and the Parkingo Well­ness So­ci­ety. In 2015, Evan was di­ag­nosed with Parkin­son’s dis­ease. A few months later, the cou­ple, with the help of oth­ers, had an event fea­tur­ing many kilo­me­tres on as­phalt and gravel roads. “We had talked about or­ga­niz­ing a gravel ride, loosely,” Pratt Sid­dall said. “When Evan got his di­ag­no­sis, the whole thing gelled re­ally quickly.”

The first two edi­tions of the Growl­ing Beaver have been suc­cesses. “We worked re­ally hard to make sure the ex­pe­ri­ence of the day was fun, en­joy­able and in con­cert with the whole con­cept of ‘liv­ing well to­day,’ which is the tagline of the Davis Phin­ney Foun­da­tion and part of its ethos of help­ing peo­ple with Parkin­son’s,” Pratt Sid­dall said.

The Side Launch brew­ery in Colling­wood, Ont., is the home base for the Growl­ing Beaver. Reg­is­tra­tion is held there the night be­fore the event and the morn­ing of. All the 40-, 100- and 200-km routes start and fin­ish there. And, the af­ter-party is, ap­pro­pri­ately, held in the fa­cil­ity.— Ch­eryl­madliger

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