Race Across Oregon & Order of Manitoba

My support vehicle for Race Across Oregon is on its way.
I will fly out early Friday morning after the Order of Manitoba Investiture Ceremony on Thursday evening.  The  race starts on Friday evening at 6 pm with a max. allowed time of 60 hours. However, because I can’t get there on time, I will start 10 hours after the official start. I will start   Saturday morning at 4am. They will allow/give me a few hours past the official cut-off time at 6am on Monday to finish. 
My bikes are gone, too bad, so sad.
Frank and Agnes, former boss and now good friends, are driving the van to The Dalles, Oregon.  My nephew Juergen and his friend Dave from Abbotsford will drive to The Dalles and be the actual support crew for me.
FYI: Frank was on my support crew in 1996 during one of my first bike races requiring a support crew. It ended in a dreaded DNF, and is etched in my mind as one of the lowest points in my cycling career. 
Frank and Agnes flew to Halifax in 2011 to present Charles Mulli with a $50,000 cheque when I set the Guinness World Record for crossing Canada in 13 days, 6 hours and 13 minutes. It will forever remain one of the highlights of my cycling career.
Throughout our 15 years of being ambassadors on behalf of the children at MCF, hundreds of people have given of their time and resources to make this all happen. Thank you. I could NOT have done this without you.
I humbly accept the Order of Manitoba on behalf of all of you. Thank you.
I want to also highlight my family, our grandchildren and especially Ruth. They are my support/cheerleaders. Unfortunately this is an award presented to individuals. I believe Ruth is as deserving of this award as I am.

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2 comments on “Race Across Oregon & Order of Manitoba
  1. Pam says:

    Congratulations Arvid on the honour for the order of Manitoba! Very proud to know you are riding in the name of our Christ Lord , and the children of MCF.

  2. Marianne Enns says:

    Congratulations Arvid from both Delbert and myself on the honour for the order of Manitoba!!
    We are proud of you and Ruth and wish you a great ride in Oregon!!

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