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Back on familiar ground, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge set to ride

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
August 17th, 2016

Last year paving in the Slocan Valley forced organizers of the West Kootenay Glacier Challenge ride to conquer MS (Multiple sclerosis) to re-work the route.

While paving is now raising havoc fro travellers on Highway 3A from Playmor Junction to Taghum, organizers are not at all worried as the show is back to its normal New Denver to Nelson, Nelson to New Denver format.

The race goes Saturday and Sunday (August 20-21) beginning in New Denver.

“It is great to be back on the original route . . . as long as all the paving is done on our section on time,” said Leona Dimock, West Kootenay Glacier Challenge Bike Tour Coordinator, crossing her fingers SPL can have most of the paving completed by the weekend.

“We’re excited for our fifth annual tour,” Dimock adds.

“We’re back to our original route and the weather forecast looks like it should be a great weekend. We’ve got everything lined up and are ready to host our riders.

“Only a few more sleeps.”

The 222 kilometer ride begins Saturday morning in New Denver at 8:30 a.m.

Nelson is the stop after the 105 km Day one ride. Cyclists will be fed at the annual awards banquet at Lakeside Rotary Park.

Sunday, the weekend concludes with the 117 km ride to Kaslo and back to New Denver.

Multiple sclerosis (MS), also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminata, is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.

This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in a wide range of signs and symptoms, including physical, mental and sometimes psychiatric problems.

Proceeds from MS Bike fund vital MS research and programs and services that enable those affected by MS.

To participate, all you need is a bike and a passion to end MS.

For more information on the MS Bike Tour — West Kootenay Glacier Challenge go to or contact Leona Dimock at 1-866-352-3997 or email

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