15 people committed mind, body and soul to the Badlands to Banff bike trip that took place earlier this month.

The trip sponsored by the Two Wheel View organization started on August 8 and covered 264 kilometres.

"The trip itself was 12 days long," explained participant Andrew Germain. "We had two rest days, one day in Canmore and one day in Banff to kind of enjoy the scenery and the mountains. All the other days we were biking along. They were roughly 30 to 40 km days. We had one 50 km day. It was really fun actually."

The troupe had the unfortunate displeasure of riding through smokey conditions brought on by the British Columbia wildfires.

"The heat really tore us down. That was our second longest day that the heat wave came. It was 39 degrees when we were biking," Germain continued. "We were putting water all over ourselves just to let the wind cool us off a little. It was ridiculously hot. The smoke really impaired some of us while we were biking."Andrew GermainAndrew Germain standing proud after reaching his goal of riding to Banff

Just getting out of the Drumheller Valley was difficult and Germain said they ended up taking an alternative route.

"We were supposed to go up the 575 hill but we decided to take an alternate gravel road," he told Drum FM. "It was in some ways easier, but of course it was gravel so it was a lot more difficult biking up it without slipping and sliding all over the place."

The group held a fundraiser to help pay for the travel expenses for the trip, which raised them close to $11,000.

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