Sam Crignano, president of Cityzen, and Domenic Crignano, site assistant at Dominus, are at it again. From June 9 to 10, the father-son duo will ride their bikes from Toronto to Niagara Falls as part of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting the Princess Margaret Hospital.
The Crignano's need that last fundraising push as the ride comes closer -- it's less than one month away! Donating to both Sam and Domenic for this cause is really simple. It's easier than PayPal, seriously. You can sponsor Sam by clicking here and sponsor Dom by clicking here to support their 200 kilometre ride.
We were curious about why the Crignano family supports this cause in particular, so we sat down with Domenic to find out what motivates him to ride his bike.
1. What kind of bikes do you and Sam ride?
Sam rides a Pinarello Prince and I ride a Devinci SL3. They are meant to be ridden hard and fast exclusively on the road. I’m planning on upgrading my ride by making a big purchase on a new bike this summer.
2. What's the furthest you've cycled?
Probably about 120 kilometres in one trip but I haven’t been at it for too long. On a cycling trip last year, Sam rode about 1,000 kilometres in one week.
3. What got you into cycling? Was it something you always did with Sam?
When I was a kid, Sam would go out riding with a group every weekend for hours. It’s just something I looked up to and always wanted to do.
4. Favourite place to ride?
Most of our training takes place in Caledon and I very much enjoy cycling there. The Ride to Conquer Cancer takes you through the Niagara wine country which is also very enjoyable to ride through.
5. Thoughts on bike lanes in Toronto?
As Toronto becomes even more dense, it’s important to offer as many transportation options as possible. As both an avid cyclist and frequent driver, my experience is that we need to change our attitude in regards to how we share our roads and show a little more respect for each other.
6. Dream cycling destination?
Anywhere in Italy -- Piedmont, Firenze, Amalfi Coast. I can’t name just one place.
7. Why are you doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer in particular? Why not any other charity?
Sam lost both of his parents (my grandparents) to cancer at a young age. Cancer is something that has impacted and shaped the life of my family and millions of others around the world. It's important to continue working towards a cure. With regard to the event itself, the amount of support from volunteers and “cheer stations” during the ride is absolutely incredible. The event is very well organized.