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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.