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Countdown is on for MS Bike Challengers — still time to register

Cyclists begin the 107km ride from New Denver to Nelson during last year’s event. — Submitted photo

In less than two weeks, participants of the MS Bike West Kootenay Challenge will take on 222km of road (and hills) around the Kokanee Glacier, and all for a good cause.

Over August 19th and 20th, cyclists will travel from New Denver to Nelson, and back to Nelson via Kaslo raising funds to support the MS Society of Canada. So far, participants have raised over $40,000 towards the event’s goal of $115,000. These funds will support the programs and services offered by the MS Society, as well as research into treatments and a cure for the disease that affects approximately 100,000 Canadians.

Of this year’s 75 registered participants, nearly half are taking on the ride for the first time. Many are from the West Kootenays, but some will travel from other parts of the province, and one participant will come as far as Manitoba.

“The difficulty and length, combined with the epic scenery of the West Kootenays really sets this event apart from other MS Bike rides,” said Jillian Earl, event coordinator. “It’s not hard to see why many would travel to participate.”

Riders are supported throughout the weekend with several rest stops and support vehicles along the route. A dinner is also hosted on Saturday evening, celebrating their hard work.

Earl is still encouraging those interested in riding to register. She is hoping to have 25 more join by the event weekend.

“The countdown is on, but there’s still time to register,” said Earl.

Those interested in riding in the MS Bike – West Kootenay Challenge can learn more, and register at www.westkootenayglacierchallenge.ca.