Win4Youth is an Adecco-organized global sports initiative geared towards raising money for youth foundations. This year, the initiative is focusing on cycling over 2,000,000 km by December. Qualifying Adecco colleagues will be invited to compete in the Col du Tourmalet, near Arglès in the Hautes-Pyrénées in, France, from August 27 – 31, 2014. One our Modis colleagues, Sue Duenkel, is proud to share her Win4Youth journey with us.
Sue is a Senior Resource Development Manager in our Syracuse branch. She has been with Modis (previously Ajilon Consulting) 16 years this May. She has always had a passion for sports and fitness – doing everything from running to CrossFit. Between her day job, being a mom and wife, she is looking forward to having a reason to create some time for herself and her fitness as well as for a great cause. Thank you, Sue, for sharing your story:
When I heard about this year’s Win4Youth event I started researching it and said how cool would that be! I’ve always loved watching the Tour de France on tv so started wondering could I really do this. After doing a lot of research on the web, I found a wonderful 2011 Ambassador, Lorraine Gagnic, who convinced me not only could I do this, it would be one of the best experiences I’ve ever gone through. As I didn’t even own a bike when I started this venture, I was quite overwhelmed to learn I was selected but two days later was at my local bike shop (The Bike Loft) and they have done everything from helping me select a bike to train on, put me through a very extensive Bike Fit process (who knew you could spend hours making sure the bike was perfect for your body) and now with training!
So after actually buying a bike and and all my next venture was to learn how to ride with my feet clipped into the pedals. Everyone told me I would fall – and I was bound determine this was not going to happen to me….well it did not the first time out but the third.
Now I am working with a trainer at my local bike shop and begging anyone who is up for to go out riding with me after work and on weekends. So far only two volunteers and let’s hope they keep it up over summer!
As we prepare to leave for Brussels next week for training camp I am both nervous, excited and overwhelmed. I’ve already met some amazing team mates and have formed some wonderful friendships as we bond together for this great cause.
I am so proud to say I work for Modis and have this opportunity of a life time.