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At the summit: Paul Leslie, Paul Green, Ivan Petrovic, Carl Spani and Rob Somogyi.The thrilling highlight of an exciting Bike to Work Week at CanAssist featured five team members pedaling at breakneck speed to the summit of Mount Doug in Saanich on May 30.

During the past several days of Bike to Work Week, many CanAssist employees have braved rain, traffic and sore legs to cycle to their workplace at the University of Victoria. Some took very long routes that had them cycling to locations as far away as the northernmost tip of North Saanich.

On Thursday afternoon, five members of the CanAssist team cycled up Mount Doug, others drove alongside in a van, and all enjoyed a picnic at the summit.

CanAssist's long-time and tireless Bike to Work captain Ivan Petrovic was an inspiration during the week as he encouraged and cajoled staff to participate in an activity that is beneficial both to the environment and individual health.

Organizer Ivan Petrovic smiles after reaching the Mt. Doug peak.."This year in addition to good weather, reduced CO2 emissions, endorphins, stronger quads, and helmet perms, we decided to include something new: the BTWW Extravaganza – five days of it!" said Ivan, who is also CanAssist's manager of facilities and equipment.

The BTWW Extravaganza featured daily events such as: a longest ride competition; a lunchtime barbeque; a Ring Road ride; a bike clinic; and another BBQ to be held on Friday, the final day.

Winners of the various events included: Carl Spani in the morning sprint category; Carl Spani, in the longest ride competition; Rob Somogyi for best helmet hair; Janna Sullivan in the new rider category; and Carl Spani for the Mount Doug ride. In a new category, best biking face, competition was fierce and the results were still coming in at publication time.

Congratulations to all.

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