Chief’s bike ride raises medical emergency money

TELEGRAPH CREEK, BC – Fifteen avid bike riders took part in Tahltan Band’s fifth annual Chief’s Ride June 20 to promote healthy activities and raise vital funds for members’ medical emergencies.

The ride saw riders including Tahltan youth and visitors from as far away as Colorado take on the grueling 112km road from Dease Lake to Telegraph Creek.

Chief Rick McLean, who started and leads the ride, said: “It was incredible to see our kids get so excited about the ride this year. It is good to see people getting out there and getting active and promoting healthy activity.

“This is the fifth year of the ride, which has so far raised more than $130,000 to help community members cover medical expenses. Thank you to all of our sponsors and the everyone involved in making this year’s ride possible.”

For the first time this year, the ride was part of a larger Bike Week in Telegraph Creek and Iskut with the support of the successful Sprockids youth cycling program. The ride is also a chance to show off Telegraph Creek’s new bike park and the area’s amazing back country trails.

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