Biking 2 Be The Change

Back on day 14, when the riders entered Saskatchewan, you might recall Sue mentioning in her blog a fellow trans-Canadian cyclist, Kilderic Moroy, who was riding for Biking2BeTheChange. His cause is all about encouraging Canadians to pledge to make a change in their life to better our planet.

At one of the stops, he chatted with our support driver Al Carlson.

Here’s that interview:

(Our riders have caught up with Kilderic again in Ontario, so we might be hearing more about him in the coming days)

Friendly Manitoba – Media Mentions

Manitoba has been kind to the riders since they arrived on Monday.

Brandon’s Star FM (94.7 FM) kindly covered the ride throughout their afternoon show as they approached Minnedosa  (Tuesday May 28). Whilst their sister station, CKLQ (880 AM) did a news report both online and on air.

That same day, Sarah from the weekly Minnedosa Tribune spoke to the team. If anyone is in the Minnedosa area and can share the article, we’d love to see it!

Today (Thursday May 30), Bill continued his weekly check-ins with Edmonton campus station, CJSR. You can listen to that interview below, or catch up with the series of  interviews.

Media Mentions: Medicine Hat & CJSR

Media exposure to the ride continues:

“The ride is to raise awareness and encourage conversation about depression, suicide and other mental health issues.

Werthmann is ecstatic with the response so far, and says the highlight is the people he’s been touched by emotionally.”

~ Medicine Hat News

Read the full article by Chris Brown on the website.

Bill Werthmann also continued his weekly correspondence with Edmonton’s campus radio station, CJSR this morning (Thursday). You can take a listen to that here:

Thanks for covering the ride and helping us get our message out to Canadians. Little by little we can reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide.

Entering Alberta – The Pincher Creek Voice & CKUA catch up with the riders

The Riders roll into AlbertaBill Werthmann, Sue Sohnle, Terry Fannon and support driver, Al Carlson.

The Riders roll into Alberta
Bill Werthmann, Sue Sohnle, Terry Fannon and support driver, Al Carlson.

As the riders rolled into Alberta on Saturday (May 18), Chris Davis from The Pincher Creek Voice tracked them down, and had a brief chat to a couple of the riders.

“‘For the most part it’s about reaching people, and hearing the stories that they’ve got to tell.  How mental health has affected them, and their families,’ Bill explained during a respite at Pincher Station.”

– Pincher Creek Voice

Read the full coverage at

It was a big day for other media too, as Allison Brock from the Alberta-wide radio station, CKUA, also met up with the riders, and gave them all some encouraging words.

Interview on CBC Edmonton & Victoria ahead of the ride

Whilst the final preparations were being made in Victoria, CBC Edmonton talked to Bill Werthmann, Hillary’s father, on their afternoon show Radio Active.

Download the interview with Rod Kurtz on the mp3 podcast from Tuesday May 7th:

Or listen on the CBC website.

We’ve also now tracked down audio of the interview on All Points West hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts on CBC British Columbia, from the afternoon of Monday, May 6. Bill was joined by Chris Holt, Executive Co-Director of NEED2 in this interview on the CBC website.

(Note: In an earlier version of this post we had embedded audio players from the CBC. Due to an autoplay issue, we have decided to remove the embedded players, and now only have links to the two interviews.)

The riders are off

The Pacific Ocean

The riders (Sue Sohnle, Terry Fannon, Bill Werthmann) dip their bikes in the Pacific Ocean as they start their trans-Canada ride on the tenth anniversary of Hillary Werthmann’s death due to mental illness.

Just a quick update from the families who have just waved off their loved ones on this ride:

At about 8:45 this morning we waved off the cyclists from Mile ‘0’ in Victoria. They were heading to the ferry at Swartz Bay which will take them to Tsawwassen, before riding to their first campground in Aldergrove.

Today is the tenth year since Hillary’s passing. The emotions ran high, as we waved them off, and were thankful for the warmth that the residents of Victoria have extended in the last few days as the final preparations were made.

We understand they’ve just arrived at the ferry terminal (we’re watching, as you can, to their current location thanks to their SPOT tracker).

Photos from our Edmonton Fundraiser (20 April 2013)

Below is just a small selection of photos from our fundraising concert and silent auction that we had last Saturday night.

You’ll see performers, speakers from two Edmonton charities (The Support Network and Kids  Help Phone) and the riders raring to go in their new Hillary’s Ride jerseys!

Hillary’s Ride on Breakfast TV Edmonton – Wednesday 17 April 2013

BT Edmonton host, Ryan Jespersen, talks to “inspiring Edmontonian” and Hillary’s father, Bill Werthmann, in this video clip from Wednesday 17 April 2013 on City (TV).

Bill explains how depression can happen to anybody, and why it’s so important we talk about it and reduce the stigma around those who are afflicted with mental health issues.

The trails of bicycle touring

Under the magnitude of the goal to increase awareness of mental health issues and to talk about suicide prevention, the other components of the ride can be pushed out of mind.

The training is one such component, and last week Bill was invited on to Edmonton’s Bicycle Traffic Report on CJSR to talk about the preparation he is physically making to ensure the team can ride across the country.

You can listen to that interview here: