Two Wheel View’s group of fourteen are biking to Banff on a nine day enrichment excursion.
Drumheller and district is rounded up local kids for yet another bicycle trip from our Badlands to Banff.
Two Wheel View was implemented in Drumheller last year to promote health and wellness, goal making, leadership, and environmental stewardship in local youth. Through a bicycle expedition and educational pit-stops along the way, Two Wheel View is able to enrich local youth for a second year.
Constable Craig Nelson with the Drumheller RCMP is a chaperon for his second year as the group bikes 320 kilometers to Banff.
“I expect the kids to come back with an experience unlike any other. The sense of accomplishment is indescribable. This trip is something every kid should do, since it forces them out of their comfort zone and makes them overcome large challenges, boosting their self-esteem,” Nelson explains.
The trip is nine days long and will be lead by experienced trip organizers, but other than that, the bikes are unsupported- there are no trucks following behind the group.
Kerry Maguire has been with Two Wheel View for three years, and was a part of the long distance trip last year.
“There are points where you can be intimidated by the kilometers, but since this is a leadership trip, there’s a great support system in place for us and the kids. In the mornings when we wake up, we ask how everyone is feeling on a scale of 1-10, and we let kids vent if anyone is overwhelmed,” Maguire says. “The best part of this trip is showing youth that when you interact with the environment, it’s more personal. On this trip, you get to see, feel and experience more than you ever could inside a car.”
The group will average fifty kilometers a day in order to reach their ultimate destination of Banff.