Fancy a West Kootenay Bike Ride This Summer?
Recently, The Globe and Mail featured (yet another) story about the west kootenays, this time focusing on a lovely road people enjoy driving during the summer months. We shared this article on our social media channels, and everyone oohed and ahhed about how beautiful this part of the world is and how lovely, and made comments about how one day they’d also like to do that route.
Well. The West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society wants to know how serious you are about that. And if you’d care to take it up a notch. Or two. Take the idea to a new level and actually challenge yourself a little bit. And ride your bike around the glacier. The Scotia Bank MS Bike West Kootenay Glacier Challenge thinks you’re ready. Registration is still open and can be done online at www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca. The Glacier Challenge happens annually in mid-August (see website for this year’s dates).
Ride Your Bike For an Excellent Cause
The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge is part of a the Scotia Bank MS Bike rides, a series of fundraising events that happen across Canada helping to raise some serious money to provide services for people with MS, and also to help fund research for a cure. The West Kootenay Glacier Challenge benefits the West Kootenay Chapter of the MS Society, with funds split between providing local services for people affected by MS, and helping to fund research at a national level.
***NOTE: Due to road construction in the Slocan Valley, 2015’s West Kooteany Glacier Challenge will feature an alternate, shorter, easier route than the one described below. See 2015 route details HERE.***
The MS Society Sweetens the Deal
The two day ride starts in New Denver through Slocan with an overnight in Nelson, including a dinner and celebration at Lakeside Park. The second day of the ride begins in Nelson, goes through Kaslo and the ride continues back to New Denver. Both days, lunch and rest stations help keep riders’ spirits high, and volunteers are always on hand to provide encouragement, help with the odd flat tire, as well as to be ready should you need first aid. Everything has been thought of.
All you have to do as a rider is loop around the Kokanee Glacier through the Selkirk Mountains. On your bike. Up (and down) some serious hills. And though this is a challenge, one thing is certain: About 60% of people ride this challenge more than once, and come away feeling as though they’ve really made a difference.
The 222 kilometer bike tour is a chance to challenge yourself, raise money and awareness for multiple sclerosis and have some fun. You can ride individually, as part of a two-person relay (a great option if you want to participate, but you’re not sure you can make the whole loop on your own), or as a team. The West Kootenay chapter of the MS Society is hoping to reach a goal of signing up more than 100 participants.