Spinning Wheels Relay - Routes

Below are the routes that we are proposing to take for the Relay. At least one person with Parkinson’s will be the riding the Relay on each route on each day.  The Western route begins in Victoria, BC to and will continue to Ottawa., ON The Eastern route starts in Porte Aux Basques, NL to St. John’s NL (Experts advised us to travel in that direction due to prevailing winds). The Eastern route will continue in North Sydney, NS and travel to Cornwall, ON where the Eastern portion ends. The Manitoba leg will begin on July 27 due to rider conflict. The Northern route will begin on September 1st in Dawson City, YT and will end on September 14th in Tuktoyaktuk, NT. All teams will merge in Collingwood, ON for the continuation to Ottawa, ON.

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Route Dates and Events

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Not all stops and events are posted at this time (Apr 25/24) Dates align with expected provincial timing. Further events and updates are to follow.

July 27, 2024

Western Route of the Spinning Wheels Relay begins in Victoria British Columbia, Together with the Parkinson’s Wellness Projects Gathering at 

July 27, 2024

Eastern Route of the Spinning Wheels Relay begins in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. together with the Parkinson Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

July 27, 2024

Manitoba Provincial Ride begins

August 6, 2024

Eastern Route pulls into ST. John’s to Kiss some Cod

August 17, 2024

Western Route pulls into Saskatoon, SK

August 20, 2024

Western Route pulls into Regina, SK

September 1, 2024

Northern Route Begins in Dawson City, YT

September 7, 2024

Eastern Route pulls into Baie D’Urfe, QC

September 8, 2024

Western Route pulls into Wawa, ON

September 8, 2024

Eastern Route pulls into Cornwall, ON, where the Eastern Route finishes and drives to join the Western Route in Collingwood, ON

September 17, 2024

Western Route is met by the Eastern Riders for a meet up Party

September 19, 2024

SWR pulls into Waterloo, ON

September 20, 2024

SWR pulls into Hamilton, ON starting with Refreshments at…

September 21, 2024

SWR celebrates Rigid Rider Day from Hamilton, ON to Mississauga, with a BBQ put on by Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation

September 21, 2024

SWR celebrates Rigid Rider Day from Hamilton, ON to Mississauga, with a BBQ put on by Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation

September 23, 2024

SWR arrive in Peterborough, ON for a gathering hosted by the Peterborough Parkinson’s Support Group and On the Move program.

September 25, 2024

SWR arrive in Kingston, ON for a gathering hosted by Wise Moves Kingston.

September 26, 2024

SWR arrive in Perth, ON for a gathering hosted by the Parkinson Community Network.

September 28, 2024

Carlton Place to Capital Hill in Ottawa for a Celebration of Epic Proportions!

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Why We Are Doing it

You have probably heard of Parkinson’s Disease. You may even know people who suffer from it.  Get used to it, as Parkinson’s Disease is the world’s fastest growing neurological condition, set to double in number by 2040.

Parkinson’s Disease occurs when the brain’s dopamine-producing cells die prematurely. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter necessary for many functions of the brain and body, including muscular control, and its loss affects all forms of movement and balance, as well as non-motor functions such as memory, concentration and motivation.  Think of dopamine as the electricity in an electric car: without it, the lights dim and the wheels stop spinning.

There is currently no cure, no bio-markers to aid detection, and little is known about how it is triggered, except that Canadians are disproportionately afflicted

Most people living with Parkinson’s reduce or even discontinue regular intensive physical activity after their Parkinson’s diagnosis.  Why?  Their actual skills and abilities do not suddenly evaporate on the date of their diagnosis, though their mental fortitude often does.  As a result, many abandon the very restorative health practices, such as regular exercise, when they are needed the most.  For people with Parkinson’s, intensive exercise can boost energy, sharpen the mind, elevate spirits and keep the body mobile.  Studies indicate that intense exercise can help train the Parkinson’s afflicted brain to use dopamine more efficiently and be able to do more with less.

Let’s use the dopamine we have to build the lives we want.

What are We Doing

Canada is a big country.  It is home to over 100,000 people living with Parkinson’s disease, 9 in 10 of which suffer in silence, isolation, or without the support of a knowledgeable organization or community.  Starting in June 2022, we aim to cross our big country by bicycle to meet as many of these people as possible to personally deliver this message: get moving to stay moving.  

We start In Victoria, British Columbia and ride east through every Canadian province, and hundreds of cities and towns along the way.  Our route is approximately 8,000 km, and we expect to average 125 km a day, six days a week for approximately three months.  Our Spinning Wheels Tour team will include two riders with Parkinson’s Disease, as well as two ride-along supporters to keep things moving.  Along the way, we will be meeting with people whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s, and encourage them to get moving with us, get engaged in support communities, and to set up their own group athletics.

We are not athletes, just people with the resolve to do what it takes to live well with this disease, and to encourage others..  

Along the way, we hope to hear these words, “If they can do it, I can too.”