Wheels for Wellness sees bikes for bucks

Get set for wheels to take over the capital this summer.

A new cycling fundraiser was launched at the Queensway Carleton Hospital Tuesday; Wheels for Wellness is being held June 15.

“This is an amazing event for avid cyclists and those who have always wanted to try this sport and a ride,” said president and CEO of the QCH Foundation Melanie Adams.

Funds raised will go to urgently needed equipment at the hospital “that are critical to our vision for a healthy, vibrant community,” said Adams.

The fundraiser promotes health, wellness, and cycling “as part of a healthy lifestyle that includes a commitment to getting fit and staying active no matter what your age and ability, and a commitment to yourself, your family and your future,” Adams said.

The event is powered by the provincial advocacy organization Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

“Cycling for fun, or for transport, is a great way to get and stay active, and our shared commitment to promoting and encouraging safety for all of our citizens is another reason that this partnership resonates so clearly,” said Share the Road Cycling Coalition founder and CEO Eleanor McMahon.

In addition, GranFondo Canada, the premier organization for long distance, mass-participation cycling events, is lending its expertise.

The Ottawa Wheels for Wellness ride is one of five smaller “Prima Fondo” Rides, leading to an epic ride in Niagara Falls on Sept. 14.

Registration opens Feb. 6 at sharetheroad.ca

kelly.roche@sunmedia.ca

@ottawasunkroche

http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/01/29/wheels-for-wellness-sees-bikes-for-bucks

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