IRONDames Great Canadian Mountain Traverse – Sept. 2-9 2012

On Sunday, September 2nd the IRONDames Mountain Traverse Team (MTT) of Marla Ashmore, Andrea Buzza, Kim Schizas, Shirley Speakman and Brenda West will start their epic road cycling challenge from Lake Louise, Alberta to Whistler, British Columbia in support of Wellspring Halton-Peel’s Cancer Exercise Facility. Over the course of eight days, they will cycle 1,002 km through the Rockies and Coast Mountains, climbing over 36,000 feet in total elevation. As members of the MTT say, “It’s like cycling up Everest!”

The Team will be joined by IRONDudes Peter Ashmore, Kirk Schizas, William Sloper and Greg Speakman. All four IRONDudes are avid cyclists and tremendous supporters of the IRONDames goal to fundraise $200,000 to build and equip Wellspring Halton-Peel’s Cancer Exercise Facility.

Over the last three months the IRONDames MTT has logged over 4,000kms on their bikes to prepare for the long days in the saddle, back to back century rides and grueling climbs. Did we mention the comparison to climbing Everest? As part of the training, the MTT has participated in: Spin The Lakes, Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour, 2nd Annual Andy Potts Memorial Ride and Centurion Ellicottville.

Accommodation, van and mechanical support for the Canadian Mountain Traverse is being organized by Peter Weiland, a former adventure racer, and his team at Rocky Mountain Cycle Tours.

IRONDames’ Mountain Traverse Team’s Cycling Itinerary, September 2 – 9 2012:

Day 1: Lake Louise, AB to Sunwapta Falls – 185k

Day 2: From Sunwapta Falls to Mt Robson – 158k

Day 3: From Mt Robson to Blue River – 135k

Day 4: From Blue River to Little Falls – 135k

Day 5: From Little Falls to Clinton – 160k

Day 6: From Clinton to Lillooet – 108k

Day 7: From Lillooet to Pemberton – 100k

Day 8: From Pemberton to Whistler, BC – 32k

The IRONDames Mountain Traverse Team will be tweeting and blogging updates during The Great Canadian Mountain Traverse. 

Showing your support for the challenge is easy! Simply make a donation to a Mountain Traverse Team Members’ Fundraising Page by clicking on one of their names below. Be sure to leave a message of encouragement at the bottom of their daily blogs.

Marla Ashmore / Andrea Buzza / Kim Schizas / Shirley Speakman / Brenda West

You can also support us by clicking on our Road ID Button at the top of our web page and 10% of any online purchases you make will be donated to the IRONDames’ Construction Campaign in support of WELLSPRING Halton-Peels Cancer Exercise Facility.

Thank you for your generous support!


  1. Billy Cheung said:

    Good luck to all the MMT riders! Have a safe and fun adventure! Thanks for your dedication to helping Wellspring!

  2. Goog luck guys and have fun with it great thing your doing for a great cause. If possible send us some updates along the way.

  3. Leanna Momente said:

    I hope that your first day was exhilerating,it was for me.Just thinking about your wonderful dedication makes me so proud of all of you Iron Dames & Dudes.Be safe,have fun.

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