Big Bike wants to roll across Southwest this summer

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After May rides in Ponteix and Elrose this past week, operators of the Heart and Stroke Big Bike are hoping to make many more stops in the Southwest this summer.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan's Big Bike is embarking on its 20th anniversary ride this summer. They have been on the road for a series of events and their official 2013 kickoff was in Saskatoon on May 24. They are targeting to ride in 40 communities across the province, and dates are now starting to be finalized as team registrations are entered.

The Big Bike driving tandem of James Liebrecht and Kyle Anderson were in Swift Current on Wednesday doing some recruiting for the Big Bike, hoping to add to the one confirmed team from the community.

"We encourage anybody to ride. We have a lot of businesses, and a lot of individuals take it upon themselves to get friends and family together. Really, anybody can ride and we encourage everybody to ride," Liebrecht said.

All that is required to enter a team is for a team captain to recruit a team of 29 friends, neighbours or co-workers and begin raising funds and gathering pledges.

Currently, across the province 60 teams have already booked to participate in Big Bike events across Saskatchewan.

The duo highlight that the Big Bike is a fun way to spend the summer.

"It's a pretty awesome job," Liebrecht said. "We meet a lot of people and get to see the whole province. It's really interesting. This my third year actually and it's still great. I still have a lot of fun."

The Heart and Stroke Big Bike has raised nearly $6 million in Saskatchewan since first taking to the streets in 1993.

For information about the Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike, visit www.bigbike.ca and http://www.heartandstroke.sk.ca/, or contact Pamela Hujber, Manager, Big Bike, Saskatchewan, Heart and Stroke Foundation, at 1-888-473-4636.

Organizations: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, Heart and Stroke Foundation Big Bike

Geographic location: Ponteix, Elrose, Swift Current Saskatchewan

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