Youth ready to hit the road for Bad­lands to Banff tour

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIED­S - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

In just a cou­ple months, Drumheller youth will be hit­ting the open road par­tic­i­pat­ing in Two Wheel View tours.

The Bad­lands to Banff Tour is back on the road and al­ready seven youth are signed up and are busy pre­par­ing for the trip. An­drew Ger­main, who is in Grade 10 at St. An­thony’s School, will be par­tic­i­pat­ing for his third time. He says the ex­pe­ri­ence is valu­able for youth.

‘The ex­pe­ri­ence and lead­er­ship skills that I gain, and the friends that I make,” he says Randy McHugh, left, and An­drew Ger­main are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Two Wheel View Bad­lands to Banff Bike tour, while Matthew Doyle, front, will be cy­cling from Mon­treal to Que­bec city this sum­mer. are the rea­sons he keeps com­ing back.

The trip goes from Au­gust 9-20 and is a staged cross­coun­try bike ride, where par­tic­i­pants pedal and camp all the way from Drumheller to Banff.

Randy McHugh, who is in Grade 8 at DVSS, is tak­ing on the chal­lenge for the first time. Two Wheel View did a pre­sen­ta­tion at her school, and she was hooked.

“As soon as they said trip, I wanted to go,” she the Mail. “I’m ex­cited.” bike tells

Along with the Bad­lands to Banff tour, Matt Doyle, Eve­lyn Stanger and Jas­mine Rus­sell are also par­tic­i­pat­ing with Two Wheel View, but on an ex­cur­sion from Mon­treal to Que­bec City.

“The three of us are go­ing to­gether and we de­cided we would team up with Banff to Bad­lands tour to fundraise about half of the amount needed for Que­bec,” ex­plains Doyle. “Drumheller is band­ing to­gether to get some kids to go on some amaz­ing bike ad­ven­tures.”

An­other chal­leng­ing part of the jour­ney is the fundrais­ing cam­paign. Al­ready the team is work­ing to rais­ing $950 per par­tic­i­pant. They work as a team to meet this goal.

“All the fundrais­ing for Bad­lands to Banff is done as a group. Since the trip has started, no group has had to pay for any of the ex­penses” said Ger­main.

To meet this goal, they are vol­un­teer­ing with the Gran Fondo, which rolls through the val­ley on June 24. They will also have a July 1 bar­be­cue at the Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions. They are also plan­ning a bot­tle drive on May 24. They are also reach­ing out to lo­cal busi­nesses for spon­sor­ship.

“For the past few years busi­nesses have been quite gen­er­ous and we are thank­ful for that,” said Ger­main.

As far as other prepa­ra­tions, Ger­main tells The Mail, it is help­ful for the rider to do a bit of train­ing be­fore they go, how­ever the tough­est leg of the jour­ney is head­ing up The South Hill get­ting out of the val­ley.

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