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Cobourg gives warm welcome to Max’s Big Ride

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

COBOURG - 

Six-year-olds don’t often get a hero’s welcome when they come to Cobourg, but town representatives, emergency services personnel, DBIA members and citizenry made an exception for Max Sedmihradsky on Tuesday afternoon.

Max rode into town with his father Andrew in their big cargo bike, escorted by riders and vehicles from the emergency services, to a warm greeting in front of Victoria Hall.

The two hit the road Sunday in Hamilton for the start of their third annual Max’s Big Ride fundraiser to fight Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy.

Their first two rides raised $100,000, Sedmihradsky said in a phone interview from the road — from a chip truck in Pickering, actually, where they had stopped for a break.

Of that, about $75,000 went to Jesse’s Journey to fight Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy. The rest supports the fight in other ways, like the experimental drug Max needs and an exciting new research project at the University of Toronto in Mississauga.

They will head to Trenton Wednesday morning, and arrive June 12 in Ottawa.

This is their first west-to-east bike ride, Sedmihradsky added. They usually ride from Ottawa to Hamilton. Either way, it’s a 600-kilometre ride.

A typical bicycle marathon would cover significantly more ground per day than their modest 65 kilometres, but the idea of this one is to make it a wonderful father-son experience that does not put undue stress on Max.

Along the way, Sedmihradsky tells his son superhero stories, they sing songs together and both enjoy the little adventures that arise along the way — like when they went through a flooded section and had to take off their shoes and socks to get the bike through.

They take long lunch breaks, and stop for ice cream frequently.

Last year’s ride included a stop in Cobourg too, and they always look forward to that, he said — it’s a friendly and happy town.

For more information on the family, and to show your support with a pledge, visit www.maxsbigride.com.

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