Tour de Mercy 2014

Sep 21, 2016

Christian Completes 800-mile Haute Route Ride Through French Alps for Cancer Center

Posted by Cindy Hickey on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 - 11:07 AM in Employees , Tour de Mercy 2014

         

We are so proud of Chris Christian, LAN administrator with Mercy Information Services! Earlier this month, Chris completed the Haute Route, an arduous, seven-day, 800-kilometer bike ride through the French Alps.

Chris Christian Completes Haute Route 2016 for Mercy Cancer Center, Canton, Ohio

It was the equivalent of running a full marathon per day for seven days.

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Sep 24, 2014

Beyond 1,851: Tour de Mercy Ends on the Mountain Top

Posted by Jen Carroll on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 - 2:03 PM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Employees

         

Conclusion of Tour de Mercy 2014On this 106th anniversary of Mercy Founders Day, our pilgrim Chris Christian is now on a plane bound for Cleveland, Ohio.

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Sep 19, 2014

'The Human Spirit Is an Amazing Thing': Life Lessons from Tour de Mercy

Posted by Jen Carroll on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 - 11:20 AM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Employees

         

After biking in France since September 11, Chris Christian returned to Italy on Wednesday, September 17, at kilometre 1400 in his cycling loop through Europe. Soon, after numerous mountain climbs and 17 days on most rugged tour he's ever attempted, Chris will reach the end of this extraordinary trek.

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Sep 15, 2014

King of the Mountain: Tour de Mercy Tops Formidable Mt. Ventoux

Posted by Jen Carroll on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 - 1:47 PM in Employees , Tour de Mercy 2014

         

Tour de Mercy 2014 Mt Ventoux Summit

He did it! This past Sunday Chris Christian completed the most difficult stage of Tour de Mercy: the ascent of Mont Ventoux, a climb made famous in modern times by elite Tour de France cyclists. Also called the "Beast of Provence," Mt. Ventoux gradients average from 3.9 percent to 8.9 percent with frequent strong winds, called mistral, at the summit.  

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Sep 12, 2014

More Mountains and Higher Spirits: Chris Rides 'Stage Kennedy'

Posted by Jen Carroll on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 - 2:44 PM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Employees

         

Tour de Mercy 2012 | Final Mountain Ascent on 9.11.14 for Chris ChristianAfter a very difficult ride yesterday in the mountains, Chris continued cycling through the French Alps today on what he calls Stage Kennedy, named in honor of Mary Ann Kennedy, mother of Mercy IT employee Ben Kennedy, who lost her battle with cancer several years ago.

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Sep 11, 2014

'Turning Around Is Not on My List of Options': Tour de Mercy in the Alps

Posted by Jen Carroll on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 - 2:34 PM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Employees

         

Tour de Mercy 2014 | View of the AlpsAt this moment, Chris is resting in a hotel in the French Alps. In his own words, "I am pretty much drained." Yesterday, he sent photos of where he was heading. Before he started, he said:

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Sep 10, 2014

Follow Me. I'll Lead You to the Right Road.

Posted by Jen Carroll on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 - 9:08 AM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Employees

         

Tour de Mercy 2014 | Biella, Milano, Torino ItalyOur Tour de Mercy pilgrim continued his ride through Italy yesterday, biking 149 kilometres from Biella, brushing by Milano and Torino, and finally resting for the night in Venaria Reale.

It's mountain-climbing time as Chris pushes through the most arduous part of his journey, cycling through the Alps. He says it's going to be a rough week, but it started off with a special, serendipitous meeting. 

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Sep 09, 2014

Tour de Mercy Begins: Chris Sets Out on September 7

Posted by Jen Carroll on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 - 9:42 AM in Tour de Mercy 2014 , Employees

         

Tour de Mercy 2014 | Sanctuary di Oropa in ItalyAfter a lengthy transatlantic flight, Chris Christian arrived safely in Italy on September 7. But, instead of resting as planned, here's what he did:

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