Le 1er février, des élèves-officiers du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean (CMRSJ) et du Collège militaire royal du Canada (CMRC) ont pédalé durant 24 heures pour la bonne cause. Dans l’ordre, les élèves-officiers Jérémie Fraser du CMRC, puis Guillaume Boucher, du CMRSJ, racontent cette journée éprouvante.
Quand j’ai entendu parler de la troisième édition du Bike-a-Thon au Collège militaire royal du Canada, je me suis tout de suite imaginé des rangées de vélos stationnaires bien alignés, enfourchés par des élèves-officiers qui pédalent furieusement et sans relâche en écoutant une musique endiablée.
J’imaginais tout le monde habité par l’esprit guerrier de la compétition inter escadron, bien sérieux et silencieux. Je n’aurais pas pensé qu’au signal de départ, je verrais bien des participants absorbés par les films et les jeux vidéos affichés sur les nombreux écrans géants qu’ils s’étaient installés.
C’était un spectacle fascinant de les voir avec des manettes dans les mains et des pédales dans les pieds à la fois. Pendant vingt-quatre heures, les élèves-officiers de Kingston et de Saint-Jean se sont relayés pour tenter de pédaler la plus grande distance possible.
On peut dire que l’activité a été un succès, car ils ont amassés tous ensemble plus de 3500$ pour l’organisation à but non lucratif Sans Limites. Cette organisation vise à supporter les vétérans.
C’est l’escadron trois du CMRC qui est arrivé en tête, parcourant quelques 721 miles [1.160 km]. Pas mal du tout pour quelques coups de pédales!
On 1 February, 19 officer cadets from RMC Saint-Jean participated in the 2014 edition of the bike-a-thon at RMC of Canada. This activity, generously funded by the RMC Foundation, is a friendly competition between both Colleges and a fundraiser for the Soldier On Foundation that supports wounded Canadian soldiers. The team raised 200 dollars for this foundation to do their part.
For some of the officer cadets going to this event was a difficult decision for they would be missing opportunities such as a trip to Quebec and the Robbie Burns dinner. None the less the officer cadets who put their names in saw that a trip to their future college and supporting the soldier on cause was worth missing those events.
Officer cadets left the college after lunch on the Friday before the competition and missed an afternoon of school for the event. Upon arrival the officer cadets drop off their belongings and when straight to the College for food following with the beginning of the competition. The Bike-a-thon started off with a 15 minute sprint on the stationary bike and following that the 24 hours began. Paring up for one hour shifts, the officer cadets pedalled hard all through the night and through the next day.
When not on the bikes, the officer cadets had the opportunity to visit the town. They got to see many aspects of Kingston from the fun-packed town to the equally amusing nightlife. There was much for the RMC Saint-Jean students to do when not biking, studying or sleeping.
For the majority of the night the RMC Saint-Jean team was in the lead of the competition always just a few miles ahead of the competing teams. The team was pumped with adrenaline
and excitement as they could taste victory just around the corner. As they observed the other teams having various issues including losing chains, disorderly speedometers, and overall team member fatigue, the RMC Saint-Jean was starting to worry about what might happen to them.
In the early morning, the tachometer on the team’s bike presented difficulties. At first it stopped registering the distance, then it reset all together, finally the bike stopped registering any speed over 120 rotations per minute, making the team have a limited amount of miles they could register. All of these issues culminated and the team was stuck in third behind the RMC of Canada Sandhurst team and number three squadron by the middle of Saturday.
RMC Saint-Jean refuses to be beat and hard pedaling throughout Saturday brought the team back ahead of Sandhurst and head to head with number 3 squadron. Who would have thought the strangers from the sister College would be so competitive? Motivated by their will to properly represent the College, the RMC Saint-Jean team never let off the gas and kept the tachometer maxed out the whole time and only made switches with speed and aggression.
The competition came to a close and the two leading teams could not be closer. The results have not yet been released; however, if any member of the team is asked they will most likely say they did the best they could but they think the team came in second place. None the less the team knows they made their College proud.