Seamus McGrath grew up on a bike.

After a 19-year successful mountain biking career, during which he represented Canada at two Olympic games, won two Commonwealth Games medals,  made appearances on World Cup podiums and won several 7 day endurance races, he was looking for a new career.

“In 2010 I retired from cycling and didn’t know what to do with myself”, said McGrath. “All I knew was bikes and the only people I knew were involved with biking. I tried to step away from cycling a bit [for 6-months] then I realized this is what I do, this is in my blood.”

So in 2010, McGrath got together with Victoria, British Columbia native Ryder Hesjedal.

“A guy like Ryder only comes along probably every 20 years in Cycling. Super talented guy. He’s one of the top road cyclists in the world and he was 6th place in the 2010 Tour de France.”

In 2011, McGrath started the Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria.

“The goal of this event is to promote the sport of cycling. This sport has given me and Ryder so much, so we wanted to bring the experiences we’ve had in cycling to the average person,” said McCrath.

This year GoodLife Fitness will be a presenting sponsor.

“To have a company like GoodLife behind us is amazing. We know they are big supporters of Ryder and his goal of getting people involved in cycling and staying fit and in good health,” says Tour de Victoria director, McGrath.

GoodLife Fitness CEO, David Patchell Evans echoes his excitement.

“With almost 300 clubs from coast to coast, we are looking forward to sharing the opportunity to participate in the ride with our members and cyclists from across the country,” said the man more commonly known as Patch.

The Tour de Victoria is taking place June 24, 2012. For the full interview with the TDV race director you can listen to the attached OptiMYz Radio interview.

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