5 Summer Highlights from Two Wheel View!

Our summer was awesome! We are kept busy around here with trips and lots of other activities. Check out 5 highlights from our summer 2016!

Badlands to Banff Bike Trip


Our 4th Drumheller to Banff trip with our partners at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. This group was outstanding, becoming fast friends and were a pleasure to have join the ride! Thanks as always to Cst Nelson for being a champion for this trip, we couldn’t do it without you!


Argentina Bike Trip

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Our Argentina Crew came from so many different locations this year: Alberta, Manitoba, Minnesota, North Carolina and Argentina! They had a lot of fun and ate a LOT of empanadas!

Presenting to the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial


I presented to the Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial during Stampede Week. They were an awesome audience as I shared stories about our Bike Clubs and Trips programs and the impact that TWV has on young people.


Patagonia Blog Article 


Our Bike Club Facilitator Molli also works for Patagonia Elements. They did a great blog article on her, talking about her experience with Two Wheel View. Check it out here: http://www.patagoniaelements.ca/store/content/125/Molli-Bennett-and-Two-Wheel-View/


Bike Club 2016-2017 Preparations

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Our intrepid Bike Club Facilitators and our amazing Program Director Madeleine have been working hard to put together the best season of Bike Club yet! Look for a more in depth blog articles to come on all things Bike Club for 2016-2017.


Hope you had an amazing summer too!



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A Royal Affair


Cue the trumpets!  Two Wheel View got the chance to meet His Royal Highness Prince Edward at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Youth Showcase on June 24th in Calgary. The Alberta, Nunavut and North West Territories Division of the Award hosted this event in conjunction with their Gold Award ceremony. It was a showcase some of their partners and participants with performances and skill demonstrations from the four different components of the Award: Skills, Physical Recreation, Service, and Adventurous Journeys. We are so grateful to be included! 

Two Wheel View was well represented with six past TWV trip participants in attendance.

Seth Harasem-Mitchell (2nd Badlands to Banff Trip 2014), Levi Harasem-Mitchell (Argentina 2015) and Stephanie Pye (Argentina 2015) represented TWV at the booth and shared their TWV trip experiences with HRH Prince Edward. Thanks to them and their families for joining Colin and I. You are incredible champions for our organization.




Congratulations to George Potter  who participated on our Quebec Trip with Woodcliff United Church, 2015!


It was an honour to have Raine McDougald  on our first 1st Badlands to Banff (2013) trip. She read the final address and thank you to Prince Edward. Congratulations on your award Raine!

“I’d like to begin by thanking His Royal Highness Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, for being with us here today to present the Gold Award. Thank you for making this a moment that none of us will ever forget! 
I’m honoured to be here on behalf of myself and my fellow achievers and to share my experiences with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program. 
The Award program wasn’t always easy, but it helped me build confidence that I can achieve my goals. I need that confidence the most during my Adventurous Journey, for mine I bicycled from Drumheller to Banff National Park. If you have ever driven from the Badlands into the mountains you will understand… it is ALL uphill. 
This reminds me of a Samuel Smiles quote, “The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill. If there were no difficulties, there would be no success. If there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing achieved.” 
Time and time again, I have pushed myself beyond limits I could never have imagined.”

~ Raine McDougald.

Congratulations also to Moriah Ohlhauser, a participant on our 2nd Badlands to Banff (2014) trip. 


Thank you the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award  – Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories Division for the invitation to be a part of this incredible event and for your continued partnership and friendship. Our 4th annual Duke of Ed Badlands to Banff trip kicks off August 4th, 2016 in Drumheller. We invite Duke of Ed participants and groups looking for an Adventurous Journey or Residential Project to connect with us at trips@twowheelview.org or at Two Wheel View





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Meet Colin- TWV Trips Leader & Program Facilitator

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Colin has been a part of TWV since 2015. Besides being a Bike Club and Bike Science Program Facilitator, he has led our Morley 2016 trip and is about to leave with our 2016 Badlands to Banff trip this week! Follow along on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! 



Name: Colin King

Job Title at TWV: Program Facilitator and Trips Leader
Favourite travel destination: Hard to pick just one, but I love visiting the ocean!
Favourite thing about TWV: Sharing what I love with with young people, and inspiring them to be more active outdoors.
When I’m not at TWV, I can often be found: Riding my bike on the roads of Calgary and area, hanging out with my dogs, and exploring out in the world around me.
Best bike tip: Ride your bike and have fun in whatever way is fun for you, just be considerate and safe while doing it. Also never forget your ABC check!
Who was your role model growing up: The world is full of so many amazing people, its hard to just pick one. The first person that comes to mind is Steve Irwin. He was an excellent role model because of his passion and excitement for nature and sharing it with everyone else.
Best advice received: Learn to accept help from others! Sure you can probably carry all that stuff on your own, but what’s the harm in sharing the load with someone who offers.
TWV should plan a bike trip to… Jasper! I love our mountain parks and I think a bike trip along the ice fields parkway would be amazing!

Item I never forget on a bike trip: Sunglasses (with interchangeable lenses)! I can’t ride my bike without eye protection.

If I could only have one food for an entire bike trip, it would be… Tacos!

Favourite quote: “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” – Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky


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Meet Allison- TWV Trips Leader

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Allison is leading our Argentina Youth Bike Trip with her cousin Darren from July 7-26, 2016. Watch for updates from their trip on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts! Interested in joining a TWV Trip in 2017? Click here

Name: Allison Flach

Job Title at TWV: Trip Leader (Argentina)

Favourite Bike: Linus!

Favourite Travel Destination: India

Favourite thing about TWV: TWV encompasses all of the best things in life: community, bikes, and the life changing impact of travel and experience!

When I’m not at TWV, I can often be found…on a trail in the trees, on a yoga mat, my bicycle, or somewhere in India. (in the trees, on a yoga mat, or my bicycle).

Best Bike Tip: through the Indus and Nubra Valleys, Ladakh, Northern India

Who was your role model growing up?  I was blessed to be surrounded by a close family of strong, remarkable women from whom I learned strength, courage, and compassion. Notably, my Grandmother, Aunt Monica, and of course, my amazing mother, who is the embodiment of selfless generosity and love.

Best Advice Received: My dad always told me that if we act from a place of service to others, whether that be in family or work, we will find happiness and fulfillment. I believe this to be one of the greatest truths of life.

TWV should plan a bike trip to…  Ladakh, India!

Favourite Quote: “The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them”.

Want to meet other members of the team? Say hello to Rick, Laura, Madeleine, Colin, Simone & Tanille!


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Meet Darren- TWV Trips Leader

Darren is leading our Youth Argentina Trip this year with his cousin Allison (her bio will be in next week’s blog!) We’ve loved having Darren volunteering in the office as he prepares to take youth from Canada, the US and Argentina on the adventure of a lifetime! For more information about our trips for youth, adults and groups– click the links. Follow the Youth Argentina Trip on our Facebook, Twitter & Instagram and at the hashtag #TWVTrips2016.


Name: Darren Flach

Job Title at TWV: Trip Leader, Volunteer-of-all-trades

Favourite Bike: My LKLM Discover touring bike…an obscure Chinese brand which I have nicknamed ‘The Beast’. It is indestructible, and is currently in Thailand, patiently waiting for me to continue my around the world trip!

Favourite Travel Destination: Leh, Ladakh, India. A magical place if there ever was one.

Favourite thing about TWV: I love that TWV uses the bicycle as a vehicle for change in the lives of kids. I firmly believe in this.

When I’m not at TWV, I can often be found… in a coffee shop, sipping a Cappuccino, in a creative bubble, plugging away at my book.

Best Bike Tip: Just get your butt on a bike. As often as possible!

Who was your role model growing up? Both my father and my grandfather were my role models. My dad because he had the courage to pursue a career doing something he loved and my grandfather because he enjoyed life more than anyone I have ever met.

Best Advice Received: From my uncle: “If you are going to blog about your travels, don’t just say what you did, write about your feelings.”

TWV should plan a bike trip to… Oh!! The Manali-Leh Highway in the Indian Himalayas. A wild, wild, wild ride!!

Favourite Quote:Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.




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