Clara Hughes’ Big Ride


Broad Street Cycles is excited to support an amazing nation-wide initiative to eliminate the stigma around mental illness.

Clara Hughes, a six-time Olympic speed skater and cyclist, has been undertaking a cross-Canada ride for this cause. Using the media and social buzz surrounding her 12,000km journey, Clara’s Big Ride is intended to prompt candid discussion about mental illness in our community.

Ninety five Canadian communities have been chosen for Clara and her organization to pass through, with public meetings, press conferences, and key speeches planned along the way. In particular, Clara has been visiting schools and youth, offering her personal story and insights into depression as a stepping stone towards a stigma-free outlook on mental illness.

Join us on Thursday May 15 at 3pm in front of the BC Legislature for Victoria’s welcome event. 

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Local mental health advocacy group, Bipolar Babe is throwing a wine tasting and silent auction at the newly minted Victoria Public Market.

Running from 7:30-9:30 on May 15, the Hats off to Clara Hughes gala, wine tasting, and auction will offer proceeds from the $75 ticket price towards the Bipolar Disorder Society of BC.

As well, attendees will have a chance to bid on an elegant Felt York city bike, offered up by Broad Street Cycles.

The Felt York is classically styled city bike. Built around a 4130 Cro-Moly frame and fork, the York is suited to weekend rides on the Galloping Goose, or last minute runs to your local market. A set of fenders will keep you dry in the rain, and the 2-speed kickback hub keeps the hills manageable. The touring bar, classic saddle and stitched grips all combine to give the York the air of a bike from another era.


Too infrequently does the local cycling community get a chance to contribute to social causes. It is with great pride that the crew at Broad Street Cycles are contributing in our own way to raise money for the Bipolar Disorder Society, and to have a constructive hand in breaking down the social perception of mental health.