Battling rain, sun, the Rocky Mountains, and three relay teams, North Kildonan MB member Arvid Loewen raced his bike from B.C. to Winnipeg, July 17–21, to raise money for the Mully Children’s Family Charitable Foundation. The ultra-marathon cyclist is passionate about the orphaned or abandoned children who are helped by the home in Kenya.
Loewen’s challengers were Team CMU (two Canadian Mennonite University faculty members, two alumni, and one friend), “the GoGos,” after the Zulu word for grandmother (four women, the eldest of whom was 80 years old), and Team Winnipeg Police. Team CMU was raising money to support international student programs and practica; Team WP for Children’s Wish Foundation; the GoGos for Mully.
Leaving White Rock, B.C., at 7 a.m. on July 17, Loewen averaged 27 km/h, covering 2,330 kilometres in 99 hours and 43 minutes – of which only 14 hours were spent off bike. Team CMU and Team Winnipeg Police left the next day; the GoGos joined the race in Calgary, July 18, at 8 a.m.
Team CMU rotated their riders non-stop to complete the journey in 65 hours. Team Winnipeg Police withdrew from the race early, and the Gogos concluded their journey in Portage la Prairie, Man., in order to join Loewen for the final leg from the Perimeter Highway to the Legislature in downtown Winnipeg.