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)
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.
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.”
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 (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).
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.