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At 91 Ted Webb will still be setting the Pace at CCS Velocity on June 15th

Ted’s Terra Cotta Trail Blazers group in red shirts
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Ted Webb is 91 and still setting the pace on Caledon/Brampton Cycling Scene.

Ted Webb started cycling as a child when he lived in the U.K., after emigrating to Canada in his early twenties he didn’t immediately pick it up again.  When he did however, his story is the stuff cycling lore is made of.

He is well known on the roads and trails around Caledon and surrounding communities, where when passing groups of cyclists a chorus of ‘Hi Ted,’ is usually shouted out.

At age 91, after two recent and fairly major surgeries – the first a planned knee replacement prior to which Ted was heard saying that it was easier for him to ride than walk, he persevered through rehab and got back on his bike.  Then a second totally unexpected surgery for a bowel blockage landed him in the hospital not once but twice and again he bounded back inspired by his love of the sport.

Ted is once again leading Terra Cotta’s Velocity Cycling Team, known affectionately and officially as Ted’s Terra Cotta Trail Blazers or T3.  This year his co-captain is Anne Marie Hayes who credits Ted with her keen interest in cycling. She also brings a high level of technical acumen to the role as computers are not Ted’s thing. He’s too busy cycling, listening to classical music, reading and pursuing other interests.

Ted Webb

Ted Webb

Currently in top spot in fundraising T3 have repeatedly achieved top spot either as a team or Ted as the individual top fundraiser and they’d like to vie for one of these honours again.  Gordon Morton and his son Dave of Team Dad’n Dave are happy for the challenge and St. James Caledon East is coming up fast. It’s all in aid of our seniors and their attitude is ‘bring it on!’

For anyone who isn’t aware – Velocity is a fundraising ride to support Caledon Seniors held annually on the Saturday of Father’s Day Weekend. The event is fast approaching and is held on June 15th. The Start/finish line has changed this year to the Caledon East Park at 6125 Old Church Road. Registration opens at 7:30am and ride start times can be found on the site at ccsvelocity.ca. It’s totally family-friendly with four distances to choose from.

Ted’s first solo ride post-recovery was a 30 km ride and his distances have increased daily. Cycling is one of life’s greatest joys and he and his wife Joan Webb will also be found this coming weekend at Bike the Creek leaving from Jim Archdekin Community Centre in Brampton where Velocity will have an information table.

This year’s ride has special significance for everyone riding on T3 as it will be the first ride since losing a valued team member very unexpectedly in mid-February 2024. “Not riding side by side with Ian Hayes this year will be very difficult” said cyclist Donna Cragg, “Ian was the first one to step up and commit to ride with me back in 2018 when Velocity first launched” she added. “All of us, Ted included, will be honouring Ian on June 15th.”

To learn more about the Velocity Ride in Support of Caledon Seniors, register for the event, volunteer at it, or donate to an individual or a team, visit ccsvelocity.ca.

 

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