Meet The Team
Hi, I'm Bob.
I grew up in St.Albert, AB and have always loved being outside. From my first camping trip as a child, I was hooked. My respect and appreciation for the outdoors was fully realized when I hit grade 7 and took Outdoor Ed! It was at Sir George Simpson Junior High School that I met one of the most influential teacher to ever exist who quickly became the inspiration for all of my future outdoor adventures!
Aside from a lust for adventure, I also have a deep passion for photography. This passion was discovered in grade 10 when I took my first Comm Tech course. This was back just before digital photography became the norm. So there I was with my film camera, running around taking photos of friends and spending countless hours in the darkroom, developing and loving every second of it.
My road to a Crohn's diagnosis was a long one. It's hard to pinpoint when I began showing symptoms but it was long before we knew what was going on, likely upwards of two years. In September of 2009, my condition worsened drastically. I saw multiple doctors over the following four months with many trips to the emergency room. On January 4th, 2010, after a 2 day ER stint, I finally got my diagnosis of moderate to severe Crohn's Disease. The next few years weren't easy as we played the "which drug and how much" game. Things got much better after I started Remicade which brings us to now. I started out at 400mg every 8 weeks which was slowly increased to 600mg every 4 weeks.
On June 1st, 2021, I plan to put this disease aside and along with my niece, ride over 8000km across Canada!
My name is Karley Finnegan and I ride a bike! Well. . . I just started anyway!
I live on a farm with my family. My Grandma Shirley, Uncle Bob, mother Tracy, sister Shaylin, brother Shane, partner Chad, stepson Alex, and my daughter Jayde. I know what you're thinking, that's a lot! We're not all under one roof.
Thankfully the farm is big enough for all of us to have our own space but just the right size for the ultimate support network.
My whole life revolves around horses and the farm that I run in Redwater, AB. With 30+ horses onsite, I teach horseback riding lessons from beginners all the way up to competitive showjumping. We board horses here on the farm and I am also an Equine Sport Therapist which covers everything from massage, structural alignment, acupressure, nutritional balancing, saddle fitting, aromatherapy, magnetic therapy herbal remedies and so much more.
I literally live my life jumping from saddle to saddle!
With two family members affected by Crohn's, this is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. If it takes cycling across the country to raise awareness for this invisible monster then that's what I'm going to do!
I am looking forward to keeping you all posted on our journey. You can follow me on Instagram, @karleyridesabike!