A cycling challenge raising funds for mental health

By Contributor
June 14th, 2024

On Monday, June 17, Rosslanders may see a group of cyclists arriving from Grand Forks that day and ending at the Prestige Mountain Resort, where they will spend the night before departing early the next day to ride over Kootenay Pass to Creston.

Thirty-seven cyclists have embarked on the Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tour that will take them 787 km through mountains and prairies as they raise funds for CASA Mental Health, a non-profit provider of mental health services for kids, youth and families in Alberta.

From June 16-22, cyclists will ride from Kelowna, B.C. to Sherwood Park, Alta., with stops in Grand Forks, Rossland, Creston, Cranbrook,Radium, Banff and Airdrie.

Riding my bike helps me keep my body and mental health in shape. Riding to support CASA and their excellent work with a great group of cyclists is a privilege.” – Dave Bellous, Minds Over Mountains cyclist.

Minds Over Mountains cyclists have formed a community with a common goal: raising money for mental health. Seven years ago, Shane Kyle of JDK Group asked me if I wanted a challenge — to participate in the Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tour. We did it, and here we are, years later. We’ve been the title sponsors for the last six years, and this year we decided to take it to a whole new level by organizing it together.” – Chad Stewart, owner of Concrete Blonde and 2024 co-organizer

The Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tour began in 2015 and has since raised over $1 million for child, youth and family mental health in Alberta. This year, the tour raises funds for CASA’s mental health services that centre around the child and wrap around the entire family. Each cyclist has pledged a minimum of $5,000, and the overall fundraising goal for the 2024 cycle tour is $150,000.

The Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tour has been a gift to CASA and the kids we serve. The tour has brought hope to families struggling to support children with mental illness and the funds raised have supported the delivery of more mental health services to more kids across Alberta, closer to where they live. The tour also has a storied history. It came to CASA in 2015, thanks to philanthropist Nick Lees, and it’s going strong nine years later. Cyclists have a huge challenge ahead, but they also have the help of a 17-person support team and our incredible cycle tour organizers. All of us at CASA will be cheering them on.” – Bonnie Blakley, CASA CEO.

More about the “buttercycle” image shown above, from the CASA website:

The late Ben Davidson, renowned Haida Gwaii artist and CASA champion, created the buttercycle originally in 2014 for a cycle tour from Haida Gwaii to Edmonton.  It was brought to CASA in 2015 for our very first Cycle Tour and continues to hold great meaning to all participants of our Minds Over Mountains Cycle Tours.

The design was originally made to honour all of the children who have passed before their parents. In the wings of the butterfly are the faces of a boy and a girl. The girl has a labret in her lower lip, which is also the eye of the butterfly. The butterfly’s proboscis is also the drop bar of a bike, while the body and legs of the butterfly are the abstract of the bike’s frame and wheels.



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