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
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.
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!