The goal of TheBluMoose is to raise monies for two charities in Danya Leemhuis’s name through two cycling events, a sport Danya loved. The first charity is the Golden & District Hospital and the second is the Couchiching Conservancy. Participants in these events will donate to TheBluMoose Canada Helps page and make a $200 (or more) donation to ensure participation in the respected event.
The Golden & District hospital provides high quality medical and emergency care to the residents and many visitors to this area of outstanding natural beauty. The Golden and Kickinghorse communities were a hugely important part of Danya’s life. Danya’s love of skiing was discovered and developed here and his glorious summers were spent happily hiking, biking and golfing. In Danya’s memory it is an honour to raise funds and give back to this wonderful community and support its hospital and all the care it provides.
The Couchiching Conservancy protects more than 12,000 acres of ecologically significant land in the Orillia region, ensuring the conservation of wetlands, forests and grass lands and their diverse wildlife. Hiking, exploring and discovering the wonders of nature brought Danya great joy. To protect and conserve these precious ecosystems for todays children and future generations is a prefect way to celebrate Danya’s life.
When: August 9 and 10, 2019
What: This ride will consist of a Enduro style of event which will start at the base of Kickinghorse Mountian Resort (KHMR) and finish at the top Kickinghorse. The ride from start to finish is not timed. However shorter three timed segments will be make up the race results. Each rider will be given a chip to attach to their bike which will allow for timing of each of the three segments. The total length of the climb will be approximately 10km. Riders will then be able to either ride down the mountain, or they can take the gondola with their bikes to the base.
Why this ride is Exceptional: KHMR have granted TheBluMoose special dispensation to allow this event to go ahead and with it the ability to allow riders to ascend this iconic ski hill. KHMR offer downhill riding only where riders take the Gondola up and ride down, TheBluMosse will be doing it in the opposite fashion. Once up at the top riders will have some of the most spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, Purcell Mountains and the Columbia River and Valley. Riders will also be able to view the ride direction that will be taking place on the Saturday.
When: August 10, 2019
What: This will be a Gravel Grand Fondo style ride leaving form the Spirit Square in the town of Golden, British Columbia. From there the ride will head south along the West Bench of the Columbia Valley. Rider will have the Rocky Mountains and the Columbia River to their left and the Purcell Mountains the their right. Three distances will be offered to riders: Black, 260km+.Green, 100km and Blue 25km.
Why this ride is Iconic: Leaving the town of Golden, riders will be cycling south along the West Bench of the Columbia Valley with the Canadian Rocky Mountains to the east and the rugged Purcell Mountian Range to the west. The route will be following the Columbia Valley Wetlands, the longest continuous wetlands on the continent, supporting over 260 resident and migratory bird species. These wetlands are an ecological treasure and are the headwater of the Columbia River, the largest river to exit into the Pacific Ocean. Please watch the video link to get a better understanding of this most spectacular setting for this ride.