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WIRTH Hats Quad Tandem Worlds conclude in Nelson

By Contributor
July 19th, 2023

From July 15-23, 2023, Vancouver-based brand WIRTH Hats is hosting the Quad Tandem World Championships.

The one-of-a-kind adventure race that starts in the Okanagan before concluding through the Slocan Valley and ending in Nelson on Sunday, July 23, is the first of this scale for the company, draws teams from around the world to compete on quad tandem (four-person) bikes for a grand prize: The Quad Cup.

The Quad Tandem World Championships is the ultimate team race and a mental health fundraiser for the WIRTH Hats Counselling Fund.

During this year’s event, six teams will cycle over 800 kilometres, from Keremeos to Nelson, over the course of eight days. Participants include Team Great Britain, Team USA, Team Brazil, Team New Zealand, the Women’s Canadian Team, and the Men’s Canadian Team.

WIRTH Hats was inspired by Jakob Wirth, who had a vision of creating a hat company however sadly passed away by suicide in 2014 before he could achieve his dream. Jakob envisioned something recognizable; something stylish; something people would love to wear.

For him, hats weren’t just an accessory, they were the perfect addition to an outfit and a central part of what could make someone feel unique. In 2018, WIRTH Hats was founded by Ben Miller as a tribute to his dear friend Jakob and other loved and lost friends. 

A “hug for your head,” each hat is made in Vancouver and serves as an everyday reminder that mental health is a priority and can affect anyone.

To that end, the company applies profits from hat sales and event hosting towards free online counselling for people in need. To date, WIRTH Hats has sponsored over 6,000 counselling sessions — and has set its sights on reaching 10,000 sessions sponsored through the Quad Tandem World Championships.

Supporters can cheer on a team during the Quad Tandem World Championships by viewing the race map online.

To help WIRTH Hats reach their goal of 10,000 counselling sessions sponsored, make a donation to the WIRTH Hats Counselling Fundor buy a locally-made WIRTH Hat.

About WIRTH Hats

WIRTH Hats is a Vancouver brand dedicated to making an impact in the mental health space in a way that’s empowering, impactful and fun. All of WIRTH hats are made in Vancouver, B.C. with every hat purchase going to support counselling and therapy for those who would otherwise be unable to afford it. With online counselling providers, WIRTH is able to support those in need — wherever they’re located in the world. The WIRTH story honours their friend Jakob Wirth, who dreamed of creating a hat company, and unfortunately, died by suicide in 2014. WIRTH is a reminder that mental health affects us all and reminds us to check in on our loved

The map of the course begins in Keremeos and ends in Nelson.

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