Today, August 8, Two Wheel View set out for the Badlands to Banff bike trip.
The bike trip will include 15 people in the caravan that will travel 264 km to their Banff destination.
"There actually quite a few of them, on this particular trip this year, that have done it before," said Community Programs Coordinator for Two Wheel View, Molli Bennet. "Which is sweet because they are offering a lot of really great guidance to us."
Several of the attendees in the Badlands to Banff trip this year also took place in the ride last year, including Andrew Germain, who organized and participated in fundraisers earlier this summer to help fund the Badlands to Banff Tour of 2018.
"All the fundraisers we did got us together as a team, built us together so, now kind of know each other a little bit more," said Germain. "After the fundraiser, we're more of a community now (rather) then if we hadn't done those fundraisers and just showed up. I think we raised somewhere around $11,000."
The caravan will stop in serveral places before reaching their destination of Bow Falls in Banff.
First time participant, Drew Lloyd, has been training for this ride this summer and was thrilled to finally get wheels on the road.
"I've been, mostly, just riding my bike around town," said Lloyd. "I haven't rode outside of the valley with it. It's been about two months since I started riding my bike everyday."
The Badlands to Banff caravan left a local campsite this morning at approximately 8:30AM. Their first stop is in Carbon today where they will prepare to ride to Acme tomorrow. From there, the riders will peddle to Crossfield, then Crossfield to Cochrane, followed by Ghost Lake heading up to Canmore. In Canmore the team will have a full rest day before biking the rest of the trip to Banff.