Lake2Lake rides for a better Rwanda

The Wellspring Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda passed through Salmon Arm over the weekend.

Team Rwanda: Rod Nadeau flashes a smile in the fifth annual Wellspring Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda, as he nares a pit stop at Little Mountain Fields on Saturday Sept. 20.

Team Rwanda: Rod Nadeau flashes a smile in the fifth annual Wellspring Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda, as he nares a pit stop at Little Mountain Fields on Saturday Sept. 20.

The Wellspring Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda passed through Salmon Arm over the weekend.

More than 50 riders between the ages of nine to 77 cycled in the 220-kilometre two-day event from Kalamalka Lake, near Vernon, to Eagle Bay camp on the shores of Shuswap Lake and back.

“It’s a fun two-day ride, it’s well-run, it’s a beautiful ride and all the money goes to charity,” said Rod Nadeau, from Whistler, cycling in his first Lake2Lake ride.

Cyclists came from around the province, Alberta, Ontario, Washington state, and even Rwanda to participate in the event.

The cyclists made a pit stop at Little Mountain Field along the 115-km first leg of the journey, which took them through scenic back roads via Armstrong.

On the second day of the ride, the cyclists passed though Silver Creek and O’Keefe Ranch on a 105-km route.

Riders described near perfect cycling conditions saying the weather was not too hot or cold, and there was only a slight breeze.

“We’ve been blessed to be able to ride for charity on such a wonderful day and in such a beautiful part of the world,” Nadeau said.

This year to date, approximately $45,000 has been raised for the charity ride.

The deadline for donations is Oct. 15.

Leanne Honce, cycling in her fourth Lake2Lake ride, said that her favourite part of the charity ride is knowing that the money raised really does make a difference.

“This is such a great event and is so well organized. With this event I know the money goes to the charity and not towards giving the riders a swag bag or prizes,” said Honce.

She said she will keep returning to participate in the ride because of the beauty of the loop and the fabulous volunteers who put on such a great event.

The funds raised in the Lake2Lake ride will impact more than 70,000 children, their teachers and their communities.

The Wellspring Foundation’s Ignite48 initiative was created  to promote education in Rwanda.

Donations can still be made to the rider’s pledge pages here: https://ccnbikes.com/2014-lake-2-lake-ride-rwanda/pledge/search/.

 

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