Ride for mental health

Cyclists will be taking to the streets to combat stigma against mental illness on Sunday June 26

Cyclists will be taking to the streets to combat stigma against mental illness on Sunday June 26.

Cyclists will be taking to the streets to combat stigma against mental illness on Sunday June 26.

Cyclists will be taking to the streets to combat stigma against mental illness on Sunday June 26.

This year’s Ride Don’t Hide event features 32 and 54 kilometre rides as well as a 10-km family ride.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks are sponsoring this year’s ride along with Shoppers Drug Mart and some of their players will be participating.

Registration is at 8 a.m. at the Little Mountain Sports Complex, 250-30th Street SE in Salmon Arm. Registration is $35, free for kids under 12.

The rides in all three distances will begin at 8:50 a.m. from the sports complex.

The 10-km route passes through a residential area as well as fields and farms all on a paved road with with a marked shoulder that is suitable for all riders. the turn-around point is in the industrial park.

The 32-km ride is for more experienced cyclists and will follow the 10-km route before following Deep Creek Road and Gardom Lake Road through a more rural setting and then rejoining Highway 97B and returning to Salmon Arm. The ride is expected to take 90 minutes.

The 54-km ride will diverge from the 32-km route to follow Deep Creek Road until it intersects with Hullcar Road and then turning around and following the same route as the 32-km ride back to Salmon Arm. The estimated duration of the 54-km ride is two-and-a-half hours.

The event is in support of the Shuswap/Revelstoke branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.