Bianca Hayes didn’t set out to be an endurance cyclist, or even a regular one. Like most of us, she cycled as a kid, sure, but as an adult, she ran, at least until her knees gave out after a marathon too many. That all changed when her beloved sister Katrina passed away from ovarian cancer in 2018 after a year-long battle.
Except it wasn’t a battle; it was an attack. An unstoppable disease that medical science was powerless to resist. Cancer came, and Katrina went. And for the 300 people who will be diagnosed this year with ovarian cancer in BC alone, for 250 of them, it will be the same story. Passing without a hope of ever surviving their disease, most not knowing they’re sick until it’s too late, because symptoms are slight and easily overlooked by both patient and medical provider.
So Bianca cycles. She rides ridiculous distances to raise awareness and funds to help bring about change and hope for people and families like hers affected by ovarian cancer.
A few weeks after her recent attempt to become the fastest woman to cycle across Canada, we caught up with Bianca via video to talk about her journey to two wheels, fundraising, her sister, and the perils of 60kmh headwinds.