A Montreal man became the first person to complete the TransCanada Bike Race, the longest and, according to many, the toughest self-supported solo bike race in the world.
Henri Do, 35, departed the Yukon on June 12 and arrived at the eastern tip of Cape Spear, NL, just after midnight Friday morning
The race spanned 12,500km, starting in the mountainous terrain of Whitehorse and then traversing all 10 provinces before ending in St. John’s.
“It’s bittersweet,” he told Global News in Newfoundland on Friday, hours after completing his 60-day ride.
Do said he faces many weather-related challenges, as well as mechanical challenges that he didn’t anticipate. “But regardless, it was a great ride and a great adventure. There have been many ups, many downs, but that is the adventure.”
He said that many experiences were about solving problems and just persevering. “You keep going,” he said.
Montreal cyclists embark on the grueling 12,500 km solo TransCanada Race
The 35-year-old business intelligence analyst who works with Desjardins said he’s competed in ultracycling races before, but nothing on this scale.
He cycled across the country without a road team, which means he was completely alone and carried his gear on his back: supplies, groceries, clothes and camping gear.
The racing rules allow him to use public services like hotels and grocery stores. “I’ve camped as much as I could, weather permitting, and survived on meals at rest stops and gas stations — lots of fast food,” he told Global News.
Do, who grew up in Brossard on Montreal’s south coast and now lives in Villeray, said he went on this drive to see the country.
“It’s hard to decide which track was my favourite. Every province is so different but I have to say Northern BC – the glaciers, the mountains, the wildlife.”
He said his second favorite is the Gaspe Peninsula, which he’s ridden through before, but this time he said it was his first time seeing the Northern Lights.
He credits his virtual social connections for what kept him mentally and emotionally grounded during the arduous hike.
“I document and share my journey, the ups and downs and see how people have invested.”
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