In 2011, to Candace Kimbrell arrived home from work one day to a gift that changed her life. Her husband surprised her with a mountain bike. Like most adults, Candace rode bikes as a kid, but the hobby did not continue into adulthood. Her husband bought her this bike to see if cycling was something she would like, and she really did. What started out as a gift transformed into a passion. Soon after receiving this mountain bike, Candace completed duathlons on her mountain bike, and eventually bought a road bike for triathlons, completing the local Ironman, as well as the full Ironman in Florida and Chattanooga. Now, Candace is training for a century ride for Paceline.
Candace first heard of Paceline through Drew Jordan, owner of Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse, and she immediately joined his team. Candace’s mother in law, Becky, passed away in February 2018 after her battle with small-cell lung cancer. Becky fought for several years and received treatment at the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University. After some treatment, the cancer fell into remission, but unfortunately the cancer returned aggressively.
“She was so strong though,” said Candace, as she proudly remembers Becky. “She didn’t want us to worry about her a lot. I felt bad because when she was fighting it at first, I wasn’t going with her to the doctors, and I wish I had. When it came back, I was there.”
Candace is fundraising and riding 100 miles to remember, honor and celebrate Becky. Becky’s strength and bravery throughout her battle with cancer is something that Candace will always remember.
“I can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than combining my love of cycling with fundraising for research to find a cure at the place where she touched the heart of everyone she met.”
Candace has grown as a cyclist since she received her first mountain bike 8 years ago. Leading the women’s road group rides with Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse, Candace uses her cycling experience to safely keep groups together as they train. When it comes to joining the Paceline, Candace believes there is a place for everyone.
“Everybody rode a bike as kid, and it’s more natural for some people than others, but everybody can do it,” Candace said. “You don’t have to bite off the 100 miles like what I’m doing. There are other distances. You would be surprised how quickly you improve just by putting in a little time. Whenever I first started, I went from 10 miles to 40 miles in no time. Once you get the hang of it, you excel quickly. There is still a lot of time and the adrenaline of being around other people helps you make it.”