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Why I Ride: Brian Gillan

We’re getting stoked for City to Shore, the mammoth biking fundraiser sponsored by the National MS Society. Until the October event, we’ll be profiling members of the Cape May Brew Co cycling team, to find out what inspires them. Hopefully, this will encourage others to join their ranks. (Hint, hint.)

Name: Brian Gillan

brianAge: 36

Hometown:  Somers Point, New Jersey

Occupation: I am a fire protection engineer.

Number of years on the Cape May Brew Co Team: Three.

Why I ride: A cousin of mine has MS, so I’ve seen first-hand what it can do, and I don’t think this disease gets the attention it deserves. The ride also provides motivation for staying in shape.

Why I ride on the CMBC team: It’s a great group of people. And the after-party is always a fun time.

What my go-to brew after a long training ride is: The Cape May IPA.

What my training looks like: I try to ride four or five days a week, about 20 miles a pop.

Fundraising Goal: $400.

What I’ll feel like at the finish: It can be pretty humbling. Crossing the finish line helps keep you from taking simple things – like going for a bike ride – for granted. You also feel tired and dirty, excited for a nap and shower.

What I need people to know: This is worth putting the time in for.

City to Shore will take place on October 3 and 4. To join the team or make a contribution, visit the Cape May Brewing Co page at nationalmssociety.org.

Why I Ride: Nicole Dianno

We’re getting stoked for City to Shore, the mammoth biking fundraiser sponsored by the National MS Society. Until the October event, we’ll be profiling members of the Cape May Brew Co cycling team, to find out what inspires them. Hopefully, this will encourage others to join their ranks. (Hint, hint.)

Name: Nicole Dianno

Age: 26

Nicole (on the right) with her sister Brandy Dianno before last year's ride.
Nicole (on the right) with her sister Brandy Dianno after last year’s ride.

Hometown:  Philadelphia

Occupation: I do health care market research.

Number of years on the Cape May Brew Co Team: This is my second.

Why I ride: I have a genetic, connective tissue disorder and, as a former athlete, it’s been frustrating not being able to participate in some of the sports I love. Biking is one of the few that I can do. It’s a good way to keep myself from falling apart completely, and to contribute to a good cause at the same time. MS has a genetic component also, and any research into Multiple Sclerosis is a win for all genetic disorders, the way I see it.

Why I ride on the CMBC team: Last year, I hardly knew anyone, but the team was so supportive and so welcoming. These are great people to ride with. Plus, everyone you meet along the way wants to get to know the brewery team, and whether or not you’ve got beer with you right now.

What my go-to brew after a long training ride is: Mopwater.

What my training looks like: I’m just trying to get as many miles in as  possible. I did 20 on Sunday, which was the first long one so far, and I’m trying to ride every weekend. But honestly, you don’t need to be an experienced rider to participate in this. Last year, I was still pretty wobbly on the bike. You see people of all athletic abilities at the starting line.

Fundraising Goal: $650.

What I’ll feel like at the finish: I mean, everyone feels great after putting that much effort and time in. For me, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it or that this was something I could do, because of the issues with my joint tissue. Crossing the finish line is pretty indescribable.

What I need people to know: Some don’t think that participating or donating a small amount to things like this helps a whole lot, but those donations build up quickly. With just a little bit of help, we can raise so much money for research into diseases like this, which might not otherwise get funding from pharmaceutical companies. Just a little bit goes such a long way.

City to Shore will take place on October 3 and 4. To join the team or make a contribution, visit the Cape May Brewing Co page at nationalmssociety.org.

Why I Ride: Kyle Konopka

Last week, we told you all about City to Shore, the mammoth biking fundraiser sponsored by the National MS Society. Until the October event, we’re profiling members of the Cape May Brew Co cycling team, to find out what inspires them. Hopefully it will encourage others to join their ranks. (Hint, hint.) First up:

Name: Kyle Konopka

Kyle (left) with team captain Stephan Briggs
Kyle (left) with team captain Stephan Briggs

Age: 26

Hometown: Philadelphia

Occupation: I work at a market research and consulting firm.

Number of years on the Cape May Brew Co Team: This will be my fourth.

How I got involved: I volunteered at the starting line in high school, but it was my friend and current team captain Stephan Briggs who encouraged me to participate.

Why I ride: There are two people who inspire me. The first is my aunt, who has MS. She is the most jovial and positive person, and it feels so unfair that she struggles because of this. And the other is my lovely girlfriend who suffers with another genetic disorder, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The way I see it, any cure or progress with MS is progress for other genetic diseases.

Why I ride on the CMBC team: First off, I love beer, and I love drinking it. I mean, of all the teams I could support, why not a local company who sponsors us and gives us great kickbacks and delicious beer? I can’t imagine riding with any other group.

What my training looks like: I’m fortunate to live in a bikeable city so I ride to work every day, but I’m going to start logging more miles.

Fundraising Goal: $500

What I’ll feel like at the finish: I know it sounds corny, but I always tear up.

What I need people to know: Even a $5 or $10 donation makes a difference. Those add up.

City to Shore will take place on October 3 and 4. To join the team or make a contribution, visit the Cape May Brewing Co page at nationalmssociety.org.

Cape May Brew Co Fights MS

In 2011, Cape May Brewery President Ryan Krill was working to build his company’s client base to, well, greater than one. His equipment consisted of scrap parts and his beer roster included a single recipe. Considering the goal – to put south Jersey’s craft beer scene on the map — you could say that Ryan and his partners had their work cut out for them. And yet, there was another challenge they simply couldn’t resist: waging war against the crippling, degenerative disease that is Multiple Sclerosis.

“It’s never been about efficiencies or bottom lines only,” says Ryan, whose aunt suffers from MS. “We’ve always wanted to be a company engaged with the community.”

That first year, between brewing sessions, Ryan created a CMBC-sponsored team of cyclists. The group of nine – an unlikely set mssrepresenting 20-somethings, 60-somethings and generations in between — raised over $10,000 for MS research before participating, along with 7,000 others, in an awareness-raising ride called City to Shore. Starting locations for the event — one of 100 campaigns put on by the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation — varied, but the CMBC team chose an 80-mile route beginning in Cherry Hill and ending in Ocean City. The brewery also released a special City to Shore beer, proceeds from which were donated to the cause.

The ride – and the beer – have happened every fall since.

“I’ve participated in a lot of competitive sporting events throughout my life, including competitive cycling,” says real estate developer MacKenzie Thorn, team captain from 2011 to 2014. “And this is the most fun I’ve ever had. There are riders of all abilities, and no one is in it to win anything, but to do something worthwhile and have a really great time.”

Ryan and MacKenzie met in graduate school at New York University, where they bonded over a shared love of biking. For a few years, they each participated in City to Shore as part of the largest friends-and-family team in program history, Team Tanya. When that group disbanded, neither was willing to say goodbye to the ride, and the incentive for the CMBC team was born.

As the brewery has grown – Cape May is on track to become the state’s third largest producer of craft beer this year — so has this team. Last year, 18 people registered, and more are expected to sign up for 2015. In total, the group has raised $46,952, with no signs of slowing down.

But it’s not all work and no play.

The energy of the actual day, participants attest, is more fun than competitive, with volunteers cheering along the course, live bands stationed throughout, and rest stops offering everything from chicken sandwiches to power bars to ants-on-a-log.

“You can definitely consume more calories than you burn,” jokes MacKenzie. “And when you’re sporting a brewery jersey, you can definitely make friends, too. Other riders always want to talk with you… and find out whether you’ve got beer in your water bottle.”

But the real draw of City to Shore is how humbling it can be.

“After five or six hours of biking, you’re definitely tired,” says Stephan Briggs, who’s been passed the team-captain torch for 2015. “And yet it’s so energizing. For the last few miles, you are speechless, with goosebumps in a way. People are lining the streets with cowbells, cheering and clapping, including people with MS. Many of them are crying and thanking you, and it’s just overwhelming.”

Steve, a biomedical engineer, is familiar on a professional level with the effects of the disease – how it interrupts the flow of information between brain and body, and attacks the nervous system in an unpredictable way, leading to chronic pain, difficulty walking, or even blindness. Steve is also familiar on a personal level.

“One of my best friend’s parents both suffer from MS,” he says. “When the brewery asked me to fill MacKenzie’s large shoes this year, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. The least I can do as someone not affected is help those who are.”

This year’s City to Shore will take place on October 3 and 4. If you would like to join the team or make a contribution — no donation amount is too small – visit the Cape May Brewing Co page at nationalmssociety.org.

 

The 2014 CMBC team!
The 2014 CMBC team!

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