The BC Lung Association’s Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath takes place on Sept. 8 and 9, and is an impressive two-day, 200 km ride through B.C.’s picturesque Fraser Valley.
Louis Creek author and bicycle rider Rayjean Collier says he has taken part in the Trek for the last five or six years, and he plans to do the same this year.
Trek is a weekend where outdoors and cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities put their lungs and legs to the test while forming lifelong friendships. Everyone is welcome to join the trek, from new riders to seasoned cyclists.
The weekend begins and ends at Hazelmere RV Park and Campground in South Surrey, just east of White Rock beach. The route goes from Hazelmere to Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre, located near Cultus Lake by Lindell Beach. Once there, participants stay over night and ride back to Hazelmere along a different route.
Participants are asked to raise a minimum of $475 in donations, along with their $25 registration fee; and there are prizes for every level of fundraising. Collier says he is currently fundraising for the event, and encourages other cyclists to consider joining the Trek.
The weekend includes:
• Gear transportation throughout the weekend
• Mechanical and medical route vans
• Sweep safety cyclists on the road with you
• Three rest-stops each day with loads of snacks and refreshments
• Volunteer route marshalls and cheerers
• All meals: Friday night welcome BBQ, Saturday morning pancake breakfast, catered lunch en route, including an ice cream stop at Birchwood Dairy! Rest stop snacks, a gourmet buffet Saturday dinner, and Sunday finish line BBQ.
• Accomodation: Friday night optional camping and BBQ for those who like to sleep near the startline. This can be a great option, especially if you are coming from out of town or would rather not worry about getting to the start in the morning.
• Saturday evening enjoy the hospitality and stunning views of Stillwood Camp and Conference Centre as all stay in their wonderful cabin style accommodation. Enjoy a dip in the pool or hot tub post ride!
For more information, or to get a copy of the pledge form, you can go to bc.lung.ca, or talk to Rayjean Collier at his booth on Fridays at the Barriere Bandshell, on Thursdays at the Barriere Farmer’s Market, in Clearwater on Saturdays at their Farmer’s Market, or up at Sun Peaks on Sundays.