This spring, the Inuvik Cycling Club is hosting the Second Annual Matt’s Aklavik Icebreaker. The Icebreaker is a supported 120-kilometre group bicycle ride from Inuvik to the remote community of Aklavik on the ice road for mental health awareness. Riders will cycle on the Mackenzie Delta river network with spectacular views of the Richardson Mountains along the way. Pictures don’t do this ride justice–you have to experience the environment firsthand!
Prior to departure, mental health professionals from various community organizations will talk about mental health and highlight available resources for those in need. Together we will work toward ending negative stereotypes associated with mental illness, let everybody know that ‘it’s ok to not feel ok,’ and communicate where people can access support. The event is named after former ICC member Matt Hamilton, who originally conceived the idea of organizing a group ride to Aklavik. Tragically, Matt died in February of 2021.
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