© Geraldine Brophy
Suzanne LaCour will be among the competitive cyclists hitting the pavement for the 2013 Tour de Port au Port this weekend.
CORNER BROOK Suzanne LaCour had no idea what she was getting herself into, but now she’s embracing cycling with vigour.
“I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” LaCour, who lives in Humber Village, said earlier this week.
“Not only did I meet a number of new friends, but I’ve also been able to get very fit very quickly.”
LaCour will be among the competitive cyclists hitting the pavement at the 2013 Tour de Port au Port this weekend.
The 39-year-old stay-at-home mom to two girls and a boy is married to mountain bike enthusiast Brent Thistle.
A former physical education teacher, LaCour grew up riding a bike like any other child, but had never entertained the thought of jumping on a road bike and travelling at high speeds.
But, during one of her visits to Cycle Solutions — organizers of the Tour de Port au Port — LaCour noticed a poster in the window that was promoting the Slick Chicks cycling group. She attended a meeting of the group back in June to see what was involved and eventually decided to test her mettle in unchartered waters.
She came away with a good feeling after attending a meeting with a bunch of strangers and she’s happy to say it has been a blast since the first group ride back in June.
She was a tad worried there would be too many elite riders involved, but quickly found out there is a variety of different skill assets and there was a certain comfort level she felt with the people she was rubbing shoulders with along the way.
“That was my biggest worry joining,” she said.
“I was like, ‘Oh oh, I’m going to join the group now and they’re all going to be so fast that I’m going to be in trouble,’ but that’s not at all what it was like.”
She participated in Cycle Solutions Impact race back in June, tackling a 64-kilometre route with fellow rider Sharon MacDonald-Lahey pedalling alongside her to the finish line.
“Yes we finished it still smiling,” she said with a light chuckle.
LaCour is looking forward to tackling the tough course that awaits her in Port au Port, but she’s at least familiar with it after taking a ride over the scenic route in June to check out the hills that she would have to overtake to reach the finish line in a 115-km trek.
She also looks forward to doing the road race as a group. She said a handful of her Slick Chick teammates are also hitting the road Sunday when the first wave of riders take off at 11 a.m.
“I think there’s five or six of us going to ride together and help each other out and do it together,” she said.
LaCour plans on keeping her foot on the pedal for many years to come. She’s grateful for discovering something that brings her some more contentment in her life.
“I thoroughly enjoy it and will probably do it for the rest of my life,” she said with conviction. “I love it. I absolutely love it.”
Oh, and for those people wondering if they can do it or if it’s a good thing to pursue, LaCour gives it a big thumbs up and recommends it for anybody.