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Cyclists going ocean-to-ocean-to-ocean passing through Kamloops, Vernon, Kelowna

Rob Montgomery, Timo Itkonen, Mike Woodard, Gabe McReynolds and Lyndon Dojohn (not pictured) are the members of the 2021 Cycling 4 Water team, who are pedaling from ocean to ocean to ocean to raise money for wells in Africa.
Image Credit: Cycling4water.ca
August 14, 2021 - 12:00 PM

A team of cyclists will be rolling through Kamloops, Vernon and Kelowna on their way to the Atlantic Ocean in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

They’re on their way from the Pacific Ocean in Prince Rupert after starting their journey in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories at the Arctic Ocean on July 19.

Dipping their toes in all three oceans will require a 10,0000-kilometre, 65-day long ride.

They arrive in Kamloops yesterday after 159 kilometres of travel. They will arrive in Vernon today, Aug. 14 after cycling 117 kilometres, and then Sunday they will be stopping over in Kelowna for a rest day. On Monday, they will be travelling 146 kilometre to Revelstoke. 

The cyclists are making the journey to raise money and awareness for wells in Africa, as part of a partnership with Global Aid Network.

The Cycling 4 Water team's 10,000 kilometre route
The Cycling 4 Water team's 10,000 kilometre route
Image Credit: cycling4water.ca

This year’s team is Rob Montgomery, Timo Itkonen, Mike Woodard, Gabe McReynolds and Lyndon Dojohn.

Dojohn just joined the team this year as the roadie and RV driver. As a resident of West Kelowna he’s the only member of the team from the BC Interior. And he loves going to Vernon to skydive with his sons, according to his bio.

Montgomery, Itkonen, Woodard did a similar trip in 2014, riding from Victoria to St. John’s, Newfoundland. They traveled 7,600 km and raised over $275,000. That money was used to provide 33 villages with safe clean drinking water.

“This is hard, cycling across the country is hard,” Mike Woodard said in a press release about the 2014 ride. “And then the second thought comes rushing in, 'This is hard but it would be a lot harder to watch your children die because they do not have clean water.' I revisit that thought many times. This ride is a way of helping others who cannot help themselves.”

Anybody interested in following the journey or donating to the cause can connect with the team though their website here.

They also welcome supporters to ride alongside them on their journey.

READ MORE: Granfondo cycling race set to return to South Okanagan this fall


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