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Cyclists have to cycle 787 km through mountains and prairies

Ninth annual bike ride raises money for children’s mental health

Thirty-seven cyclists have embarked on the Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tour that will take them 787 km through mountains and prairies while raising money for CASA Mental Health, a non-profit mental health provider for children, youth and families in Alberta.

From June 16 to 22, cyclists will ride from Kelowna to Sherwood Park, Alta., with stops in Grand Forks, Rossland, Creston, Cranbrook, Radium Hot Springs, Banff and Airdrie.

“Cycling helps me keep my body and mental health in shape. It is a privilege to support CASA and their excellent work with a great group of cyclists,” said Dave Bellous, Minds Over Mountains cyclist.

This year’s event is hosted by Chad Stewart, owner of Concrete Blonde, and Shane Kyle, owner of JDK Group.

“Minds Over Mountains cyclists have formed a community with a common goal: raising money for mental health care. Seven years ago, Shane Kyle from JDK Group asked me if I wanted a challenge: to participate in the Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tour. We did it, and here we are, years later. We have been title sponsors for the past six years and this year we decided to take it to a whole new level by co-hosting it,” said 2024 co-organizer Stewart.

The Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tour started in 2015 and has since raised more than $1 million for child, youth and family mental health. This year the tour raises money for CASA’s mental health care, which focuses on the child and the entire family. Each cyclist has pledged a minimum of $5,000, and the overall fundraising goal for the 2024 bike ride is $150,000.

“The Minds Over Mountains bike ride has been a gift to CASA and the children we serve. The tour has brought hope to families struggling to support children with mental illness and the money raised has supported the delivery of more mental health care to more children in Alberta, closer to where they live. The tour also has a storied history. It came to CASA in 2015, thanks to local philanthropist Nick Lees, and nine years later it’s still going strong. Cyclists face a huge challenge, but they also have the help of a 17-person support team and our amazing bike tour organizers. All of us at CASA will be cheering them on,” said Bonnie Blakley, CEO of CASA.

Cyclists will conquer challenging terrain and experience the thrill of riding through scenic destinations in British Columbia and Alberta, all while raising money for children’s mental health care.

Scheme

Leg 1: Sunday, June 16 – Kelowna to Rock Creek, BC (129.12 km + 71.8 km vehicle jump to Grand Forks);

Stage 2: Monday, June 17 – Grand Forks to Rossland (99.04 km);

Stage 3: Tuesday June 18 – Rossland to Creston (129.76km);

Stage 4: Wednesday June 19 – Creston to Cranbrook (144.28km);

Stage 5: Thursday June 20 – Cranbrook to Radium (143km);

Leg 6: Friday, June 21 – Radium to Banff, Alta. (135.05 km + 143 km vehicle jump to Airdrie).

Stage 7: Saturday, June 22 – Travel to Sherwood Park, unload and cycle to JDK Group for the entry celebration (40.32 km).

Each stage starts at 8am and arrival times vary.

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