For the third year in a row, we are participating in the Ride To Conquer Cancer! We’ve become deeply involved in the ride and we grew our riding team to seven members this year. We sat down with Domenic Crignano, Project Manager at Dominus Construction group and son of Cityzen President Sam Crignano, to ask him about the ride this year.
Who are the seven Cityzen-Dominus team members this year?
Participating on our team this year, we have Sam Crignano, Domenic Crignano, Bianca Crignano, Kristine Janzen, Domenic Fazari, James Fazari, and Emilio DiGiammarino.
What is Cityzen’s fundraising goal this year?
This year we hope to raise at least $20,000 for The Campbell Family Institute at The Princess Margaret hospital.
Last year, you used edmondo to track your ride. Will we be able to keep up with you virtually again this year?
I am using endomondo to track my ride once again. It’s a pretty amazing tool which allows someone to log in and track my progress LIVE. You can see where I am on a map, the speed I am going, elevation data, etc. I also upgraded my GPS technology this year by purchasing a Garmin bike computer which is the ultimate for GPS tracking.
In your interview last year, you mentioned that you were interested in upgrading your bike. What will you be riding the race on this year?
Unfortunately, I did not treat myself to a new bike after the race last year, so I will still be on the Devinci SL3. When I finally do take a trip to the bike shop, I plan to upgrade from an aluminum frame to a carbon fibre frame. They’re much lighter and stiffer which definitely gives you an overall advantage on longer rides, especially when climbing.
Does the Cityzen-Dominus team have any plans to participate in any other bike races?
In the Fall, Team Cityzen-Dominus will be participating in the BILD Stephen’s Ride for Humanity.
Where have you been able to enjoy cycling outside of Toronto?
I recently travelled to South Carolina and did some cycling there. Sam, on the other hand, takes his bike abroad and has done quite a bit of cycling all throughout Italy.
How do you feel about the road biking scene in Toronto? Is it safe to be riding bikes on downtown Toronto streets?
Most of the time I ride my bike in areas that are less dense than Toronto, but I do do some riding in the city too. In my opinion, if you’re not familiar with city cycling it can be very intimidating and at times frightening. There are too many drivers on the road who don’t believe cyclists belong there and don’t respect the space a cyclist needs to be safe. One of our team members, Kristine Janzen, cycles to work every day I have no idea how she does it. There is a fractured relationship between cyclists and drivers and I believe the only way to successfully incorporate safe cycling on Toronto streets is with proper infrastructure and bike lanes.
The Ride to Conquer Cancer takes place on June 8-9. If you're interested in sponsoring the ride, click here.