the beginning of cypress challenge

The Cypress Challenge began in 2007, organized by Glotman•Simpson Cycling Club, and a group of friendly cyclists who wanted to promote a positive image for the sport. 

The dedication to find a cure for pancreatic cancer began with Geoff Glotman, an avid cyclist, who was looking for a way to give back to the community. Geoff's mother-in-law had passed away of the disease giving his family a personal connection to the cause. With so few survivors to advocate for research and funding, the Cypress Challenge was established to raise awareness and support with the hope that more funds for research will lead to improved outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients.

“This year, nearly 800 British Columbians will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Although it is the 10th most common cancer in Canada, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death after lung, breast in
women, colorectal, and prostate in men. Pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect at an early stage and is often resistant to treatment. The latest statistics show slight improvement in the five-year survival rate from eight per cent to nine per cent, but 75 per cent of people with pancreatic cancer won’t survive the first year after diagnosis. Unless more effective treatment strategies are found, the number of deaths from pancreatic cancer in Canada is expected to double by 2030.”


The 2017 Cypress Challenge hosted nearly 700 participants and raised over $410,000 to propel research and care initiatives with the most promise to improve the lives of those diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in British Columbia.

The Glotman•Simpson Cypress Challenge is the largest privately funded fundraising event for pancreatic cancer in Canada, and the largest community-based event for BC Cancer Foundation.

Over the past ten years, the Cypress Challenge has raised over $2.5 million for the BC Cancer Foundation in support of pancreatic cancer research and care in B.C. This incredible event has built a strong momentum to transform the pancreatic cancer landscape here in our province, such as helping to establish Pancreas Centre BC in 2012, a dedicated research body focused on advancing care for people facing pancreatic cancer.

2015 Cypress Challenge produced by MillCreekPictures