Local cyclists Ethan Pauly, left, and Jackson Bocksnick plan to ride the newer section of Bear Mountain Parkway on July 25 and climb the accumulated elevation of Mount Everest, in a fundraiser for KidSport Greater Victoria. You can find them on the stretch between Flint Avenue and the summit starting at 7:30 a.m. that day. (Contributed by Jackson Bocksnick - Jim Finlayson photo)

Local cyclists Ethan Pauly, left, and Jackson Bocksnick plan to ride the newer section of Bear Mountain Parkway on July 25 and climb the accumulated elevation of Mount Everest, in a fundraiser for KidSport Greater Victoria. You can find them on the stretch between Flint Avenue and the summit starting at 7:30 a.m. that day. (Contributed by Jackson Bocksnick - Jim Finlayson photo)

Greater Victoria cyclists to ‘Everest’ Bear Mountain Parkway to help KidSport

Jackson Bocksnick and Ethan Pauly plan to pedal big hill 62 times to match Everest’s elevation

Two Greater Victoria cyclists are preparing for an epic quest to “Everest” Bear Mountain Parkway.

Ethan Pauly and Jackson Bocksnick plan to cycle the height of Mount Everest in one day to raise funds for KidSport Greater Victoria, a charity that helps youth in financial need to participate in organized sports.

“I think right now everyone is looking for a sense of a community. We wanted to find a way to interact and give back,” said Bocksnick. He noted that the Black Lives Matter movement made him reflect on his time in sports and all the teammates he has had, and realize how few were Indigenous people.

“It was alarming to think how little representation there was, not just at the elite level, but all throughout,” he said. “KidSport was one of the first organizations that came to mind, that works to get underprivileged kids access to sports. And they do outreach to try and get funds specifically for Indigenous youth and new Canadians.”

Bocksnick feels fortunate to have built many meaningful relationships through sport and loves that it brings together people across racial divides.

“Reflecting on these experiences in light of the current social awakening, I have come to realize that I not only had the opportunity to benefit from participation in sport, but I had the privilege of doing so. Sport, which can provide a measurable benefit for social development in youth, should not be another arena where the privilege of access widens the racial economic divide in our society.”

ALSO READ: Habitat for Humanity launches Victoria family challenge fundraising event

The “Everesting” challenge on the newer section of Bear Mountain Parkway will take place on July 25, weather permitting, between Flint Avenue and the summit – approximately 1.6 kilometres. Bocksnick and Pauly will ride the stretch back and forth 62 times until the elevation climbed in total is equal or more than that of Mount Everest, or 8,848 metres.

“It sounds a little bit crazy, but ‘Everesting’ has been a bit of a trend in the cycling world lately,” Bocksnick said. “We have tossed around the idea to see if we could do it, and now without any races going on we thought we would give it a try. Working with KidSport has helped us build more energy and momentum around the challenge, so we are feeling motivated.”

The riders are members of an elite group called TaG Cycling Race Team, which gives opportunity for cyclists to compete in professional races across North America and abroad.

“It’s going to be a hard event, probably one of the hardest days on a bike I’ve ever had. There are undoubtedly going to be some dark moments, but we both have had some long days riding before so I feel prepared. It has become less about the race, and more about what we can do with it,” said Bocksnick.

He encourages avid cyclists to come out and pedal a few laps with them if they are feeling up to it.

“We want to use our ride to show how sport can bring a community together and should be inclusive to everyone regardless of economic or racial background.”

The challenge begins at 7:30 a.m. with an expected finish time about 5 p.m. For more information or to donate to the fundraiser, please visit kidsportbc.org.

ALSO READ: Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep Saanich drainage pipe

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Bear MountainCyclingfundraiser

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Coun. Niall Paltiel of Central Saanich has filed a notice of motion directing staff to work with the WSANEC leadership council to develop a program leading toward the “gradual incorporation of traditional WSANEC names for key collector and arterial roads”(Black Press Media File)
Central Saanich councillor wants road signs to use WSANEC names

Coun. Niall Paltiel proposes ‘gradual incorporation of traditional WSANEC names’ for key roads

The fine for changing lanes or merging over a solid line costs drivers $109 and two penalty points in B.C. (Screenshot via Google Street View)
B.C. drivers caught crossing, merging over solid white lines face hefty fine

Ticket for $109, two penalty points issued under Motor Vehicle Act for crossing solid lines

Saanich council approves of a five-story multi-family development at 300 Gorge Road West and 2900 Tillicum Road. (Rendering via Alan Lowe Architect Inc.)
Saanich approves five-story, mixed-use development for Tillicum area

Plans include 53 residential units, three commercial units at Tillicum Road, Gorge Road West

Royal Roads University president Philip Steenkamp said they are aware of hateful graffiti spray-painted in an area of the forest surrounding the campus. The graffiti in question includes anti-Semitic content and a racial slur towards Black people. (Facebook/Royal Roads University)
Anti-Semitic, hateful graffiti spotted in forest near Royal Roads University

Royal Roads working with West Shore RCMP to remove graffiti “as soon as possible”

A cougar was spotted at Royal Roads University on Sunday, Jan. 24. The sighting was reported on the western edge of the campus. (File photo)
Cougar spotted at Royal Roads University Sunday afternoon

Animal reported on western side of campus near Colwood Fire Department

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

Wet’suwet’en supporters and Coastal GasLink opponents continue to protest outside the B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
‘We’re still in it’: Wet’suwet’en push forward on rights recognition

The 670-km Coastal GasLink pipeline was approved by B.C. and 20 elected First Nations councils on its path

The sky above Mt. Benson in Nanaimo is illuminated by flares as search and rescuers help an injured hiker down the mountain to a waiting ambulance. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Search and Rescue)
Search plane lights up Nanaimo mountain with flares during icy rope rescue

Rescuers got injured hiker down Mt. Benson to a waiting ambulance Saturday night

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

From the left: Midway RCMP Csts. Jonathan Stermscheg and Chris Hansen, Public Servant Leanne Mclaren and Cpl. Phil Peters. Pictured in the front are Mclaren’s dog, Lincoln and Peters’ dog, Angel. Photo courtesy of BC RCMP
B.C. Mounties commended for bringing firewood to elderly woman

Cpl. Phil Peters said he and detachment members acted after the woman’s husband went to hospital

Dr. Jerome Leis and Dr. Lynfa Stroud are pictured at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on Thursday, January 21, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
‘It wasn’t called COVID at the time:’ One year since Canada’s first COVID-19 case

The 56-year-old man was admitted to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

An Uber driver’s vehicle is seen after the company launched service, in Vancouver, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Several taxi companies have lost a court bid to run Uber and Lyft off the road in British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Taxi companies lose court bid to quash Uber, Lyft approvals in British Columbia

Uber said in a statement that the ruling of the justice is clear and speaks for itself

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (News Bulletin file photo)
COVID-19 outbreak declared at Nanaimo hospital

Two staff members and one patient have tested positive, all on the same floor

Most Read