Second Harvest Food Bank

Proceeds totaling $17,800 from the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Rides have supported Salmon Arm’s Second Harvest Food Bank.


Join in the fun of a community bike ride on the scenic back roads of the Shuswap – North Okanagan on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Challenge yourself, ride with family & friends , enjoy the view. Four routes highlight the scenic beauty of the Shuswap – North Okanagan.  Route details here. The Cyclists Shuswap BBQ Lunch and Celebration (live music, draw prizes) is casual, down to earth Shuswap hospitality.

The Bike For Your Life Tour started in 1998 with the hopes of promoting a healthy lifestyle, family solidarity, and community involvement through a fun cycling event in which all ages and abilities could participate.

The four bike routes are designed to be safe and fun. Whether you have never ridden a bike before, or you are an endurance cyclist join in. Everyone is welcome!

This is not a racing event. The emphasis is on participation, rather than time, to make it fun for an individual or family. Enjoy the company of fellow cyclists. Ride with your friends and challenge yourself to ride a route distance you might not consider doing on your own.

A limit of 600 cyclists has been set for the 100K, 75K and 35K routes. There is no limit on the number of 10K Route cyclists. For details and the link to on-line registration see the Registration page. 

We are planning some fun activities for young cyclists and their families!

Do you want to help out? Why not print out and share the Bike for your Life Poster? Or, visit our Volunteer page for more ideas…


About the community

The Salmon Arm Bike For Your Life Century Ride is located at Blackburn Park in Salmon Arm, BC, the “Gem of the Shuswap”. Salmon Arm is located on Highway #1 half way between Calgary and Vancouver. The City of Salmon ...
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Local Cycle Touring

Welcome to the beautiful, diverse rural landscape of the Shuswap - North Okanagan! Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature as you explore over 1,800 kilometers of quiet, paved back roads in the area highlighted by this road bike ...
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Giving Back …

Over the years, proceeds from the Bike for Your Life Century Ride have helped to fund the Second Harvest Food Bank. We continue to support Second Harvest. This year we have donated 10% of the funds raised from the 2015 ...
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Interesting Links

Other Century Rides Central Okanagan Bike Riders Association (COBRA) Armstrong Century Ride Gran Fondo Penticton Gran Fondo Vernon Parksville Bike For Your Life Robb's Ride (Grand Forks) Cycle of Hope (Kelowna) ...
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Photo Galleries

We hope you enjoy watching these slideshows featuring memories from previous years. Local & Bike For Your Life Century Ride Cyclists Local Cycling Routes & Landscapes ...
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Comments from previous rides

"The ride was GREAT again this year! Super route and support on the course and the wx was stellar! I'll ride again next year for sure!" - Wayne – Langley, BC "The course could not have been more beautiful and was ...
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Let's hope the 18th annual Bike For Your Life tour goes into the history books as the wettest ever. 455 cyclists got wet and most seemed to enjoy the experience in spite of it. I would like to thank everyone who worked to make the event run smoothly.

For those who weren't there at the concluding speeches, I would like to acknowledge Leen van der Meulen, the driving force behind Bike For Your Life, who died on September 2 in Holland.

Leen was a professional cyclist in Europe in the early 1960s. He came to Salmon Arm about 20 years ago. One of his early memories was of an annual event in his home town. On one day in the spring, the whole town, about 3,000 people would go for a bike ride all together. It was a celebration of cycling and of the community. Leen had a vision of creating such an event in Salmon Arm.

Working with a group of volunteers the Salmon Arm Bike For Your Life was started 18 years ago. After a few years Leen moved to Vancouver Island, where he started a similar event in Parksville. Both events continue, although neither have yet attained the mass participation that Leen envisioned.

So, all of us who participated in organizing and riding, even in the rain, owe thanks to Leen van der Meulen for planting the seed of this non-competitive coming together as a group to celebrate and enjoy seeing our lovely countryside from a bicycle seat and getting together with old and new friends and acquaintances.
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