Pete Ribbins Memorial ride to benefit HospiceCare

The cycling community will gather for the annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Ride on Sunday.

It is the third staging of the ride in honor of Cayman Water Company’s late former general manager Peter Ribbins.

Ribbins was an active member of Cayman’s sporting community and was also a triathlete and a professional football player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The route starts at Abel Castillo Water Works Plant at Peninsula Way, Governor’s Harbour on Sunday at 6:30 a.m. for those doing the full 40 kilometer ride, and at 7:30 a.m. for 10k riders. It will be a social ride at a leisurely pace of no more than 18 mph.

Last year the event drew more than 100 cyclists. The friendly atmosphere and casual pace ensured that everyone, including the many youngsters, mostly stayed together throughout the ride, organizers said.

Numerous prizes were drawn at the end of the event while participants enjoyed a light breakfast. Emily Ribbins, Pete’s daughter, shared a few words of thanks at the event.

Almost $5,000 was donated last year to Cayman HospiceCare, as Cayman Water Company matched all proceeds raised through registrations. Once again, Cayman Water will match all the registrations, and proceeds will go to benefit Cayman HospiceCare, in honor of Ribbins.

John Tonner, the company’s Chief Operating Officer and an avid cyclist who created this ride, said, “HospiceCare is a great cause for the community to support, and Ribbs was loved by all who knew him. It’s easy to bring them together.”

Danielle Coleman of Cayman HospiceCare said, “It is a great honor to be the recipients of funds raised by the third annual Pete Ribbins Memorial Charity Ride.

“Such funds go towards ensuring that hospice care remains at no cost to people living in Cayman who need our services. We sincerely thank Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. for their hard work and for making the event possible.”