Meet Dr. Catherine G., 39
Meet Dr. Catherine Glorieux. Like in the TV show The Good Doctor, she is autistic and a resident physician. Diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder just two years ago, this courageous and passionate 39-year-old self advocate is biking across Canada to raise funds for Autism Speaks Canada.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Glorieux has partnered with Autism Speaks Canada to help increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism by cycling across Canada.
I’m cycling for the autistic doctors' community and many others autistic individuals; with the hope of creating a more inclusive world for all of us. I’m just one person pedaling across Canada and trying to change things for autistic people."
Fun Facts about Dr. Glorieux’s Autism Awareness Bike Ride:
- Number of days biked: 101 days
- Break due to bad weather: 21 days
- Kilometers cycled: 6,725 km
- Meters climbed: 42,191 m
- Flat tires: 2 (one caused herself by pinching the tube while fixing the first flat)
- Highest altitude: 1643m (Kicking Horse Pass)
- Highest temperature: 42 degrees in Litton (Fraser Canyon, BC)
- Lowest temperature: -3 degrees (Cabano, Quebec)
"In terms of altitude difference, it represents about 42,000 meters of climb, four times the ascent of Mount Everest from sea level, and it continues to accumulate every day!" said Dr. Glorieux, a great fan of cycling and extreme sports. In June 2014, during a mountaineering expedition in the Condoriri mountain range in Bolivia, an ice cornice broke off and fell on her leg, causing a double fracture of the tibia and fibula. "I was the first woman to climb this route, and certainly the first to finish it with a broken leg!" In the past few years, Catherine has participated in many endurance and extreme sport events and marathons. She was the first woman to ascend above 6,000 meters during a climb in Bolivia, and the sixth woman in Quebec to have climbed all 4000+ feet summits in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine in the USA in winter.