Cy­clists stop in P.E.I.

Cross coun­try trek that raises aware­ness about painful Lyme dis­ease stops in Char­lot­te­town.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY jday@the­guardian.pe.ca

Clearly, Daniel Corso has both the phys­i­cal prepa­ra­tion and the emo­tional drive to bike across Canada.

Corso and fel­low elite rower, Tan­ner Cook­son, were al­ready in top shape be­fore they be­gan bi­cy­cle train­ing for their coast-to­coast ride.

From Jan­uary to April, the pair cy­cled 300 to 400 kilo­me­tres a week to ready for the big trip.

The trek got un­der­way on May 11 in Vic­to­ria, B.C.

Corso was fu­eled by a long­time de­sire to cy­cle across the coun­try, but even more so with a strong de­sire to raise funds and aware­ness for Lyme dis­ease.

Corso’s close, long-time friend, Ade­laine Nohara, has been sick for the past five years with this in­flam­ma­tory in­fec­tion that spreads to hu­mans through tick bites.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to do some­thing for her and it has al­ways been her wish that any suf­fer­ing that she goes through is for a rea­son and there is sup­posed to be good to come of it,’’ said Corso.

“Hope­fully we can ed­u­cate peo­ple...and re­ally pre­vent a lot of cases from hap­pen­ing.’’

Corso and Tan­ner cy­cled from Bor­den-Car­leton to Wood Is­land Mon­day, cov­er­ing the roughly 120 kilo­me­tre P.E.I. leg of their ride in just over four hours.

The cy­clists have cov­ered close to 7,000 kilo­me­tres in a planned 8,300-kilo­me­tre trip sched­uled to con­clude on July 8 in New­found­land.

“We’ve re­ally had a smooth ride in terms of the route that we take,’’ said Corso.

“We’re start­ing to smell the fin­ish line.’’

He says the pair of cy­clists has met many gen­er­ous peo­ple along their trek, in­clud­ing Is­lan­ders serv­ing up lob­ster, oys­ters and mus­sels.

Corso and Tan­ner have been burn­ing up to 6,000 calo­ries a day on a mis­sion dubbed the Ade­laine Pro­ject. “We eat a lot,’’ notes Corse. “We try to eat the right things.’’ Corso con­cedes the fundrais­ing goal of $100,000 is lofty - just un­der $20,000 has been raised to date - with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Cana­dian Lyme Dis­ease Foun­da­tion.

He stresses, how­ever, the main mis­sion of the cross-coun­try cy­cle is to raise aware­ness about Lyme dis­ease.

BRIAN MCINNIS/THE GUARDIAN

Tan­ner Cook­son, left and Daniel Corso, have been cy­cling across Canada to draw at­ten­tion to the dan­gers of Lyme dis­ease. They made a stop in Char­lot­te­town re­cently on their way to St. John’s, N.L., and the end of their jour­ney that be­gan in Vic­to­ria, B.C., on May 11. To get to the Is­land they cy­cled 7,000 kilo­me­tres at more than 120 kilo­me­tres per day.

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