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Old 2010-03-21, 07:42 AM   #1
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Child Soldier Cycle: 1800km of Eastern Canada in August 2010

Hey everyone, I'm really excited to announce a tour I'm helping organize next summer: Child Soldier Cycle. The registration package has just been released, and it would be awesome to get some more unicyclists in on this.

Child Soldier Cycle is an awareness campaign. It is dozens of cyclists from all over North America pedaling themselves 1800km from Ottawa, Ontario to St John's, Newfoundland. It is a response to mainstream media's continued silence to this issue. The sheer number of riders with a shared ambition, combined with their connections across the continent will be impossible to ignore.

The tour will be a mix of unicyclists and bicyclists. No tricyclists have expressed interest as of yet, but anything goes as long as it's human powered. It is a supported tour, but "supported" in this case means one small car to cary some of the heavy stuff.

Departure from Ottawa is August 1. We'll ride three to four days at a time between rest days, easing in with some easy 50-60km days and working up to longer distances. A few days will be over 100km, but the overall daily average will be around 80km. After 22 riding and seven rest days, we roll into St John's on August 29th.

The Route: Eastern Canada boasts some of the most incredible scenery landscapes in the world. The tour will also roll through many of Canada's best cities. We'll be taking days off in Montreal, Quebec City, Fredericton and Charlottetown to name a few.

We're keeping costs low as much as possible. Accommodations will include a lot of camping, community centres, and church basements. Food will be bought in bulk and prepared for everyone (cheaper and convenient). These, along with one-time costs like ferries and gear, a 7% contingency fund and then $100 to help cover tour costs brings the estimated total to $900. A full budget is available on request. Any financial sponsorship will be used to lower this cost for everyone.

The more riders on the road at any given time, the more attention we will attract and the more impact our message will have. If you have responsibilities keeping you from riding the full tour, you would be most welcome to join for as long as you can. Day-rides out of the larger cities will be arranged and no registration is necessary, but fill out the form if you plan on riding for anything longer.

The deadline for registration is May 7. After that date we will consider applications on a case-by-case basis.

Contact us if you have any questions at all. The next meeting is tentatively set for Thursday, March 25 and will be streamed live for those who can't make it in person. We'll be going over the details of the tour so it's a good place to ask questions.

For more information now, check out the website, http://childsoldiercycle.ca. The first three pages of the registration package explain a lot of the details, so make sure to check that out.


Philip Schleihauf
Child Soldier Cycle Team - Web Admin

Fun Fact: Just 22 riders are needed on this tour to bring the combined distance ridden to the circumpherence of the earth.
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