Working their magic.

In the past it was unlikely that you would see Steve and Jean King working their magic emceeing a mountain bike race as their schedule of over fifty races a year left little room for taking on a new event. However, when we approached them four years ago regarding emceeing the first Test of Humanity race in Summerland there was absolutely no hesitation in them accepting.  Steve and Jean have spent much of their lives counselling, supporting and just being there for both children and adults in need. Test of Humanity is a fundraiser for Canadian Humanitarian, an organization who provides support to children in need in Ethiopia.  Steve and Jean believed in this project from the start and set the tempo on race day with their unprecedented emceeing skills.  On race day, those that had never had the pleasure of hearing Steve emcee at an event before, were astounded at the level of research that he did prior to the race and his ability to make every single participant, sponsor and volunteer feel special.  Steve ensured that they knew they were part of something much bigger than just a race and that they were truly racing to build lives in Ethiopia.  Steve and Jean’s ability to bring the best out in people is extraordinary and when you pass through the staging area this year don’t forget to give them a big wave when you hear your name called out.

Steve & Jean 1

Bike Barn Superheroes

When we approached Chris and Lisa Prowse of the Bike Barn with the idea of the Test of Humanity race, their answer was “what can we do to help”?  Since that time Lisa has spent most of her winter’s in her studio making all the much coveted Test of Humanity trophy mugs, and on race day she and Chris work tirelessly as bike mechanics in the Bike Barn tech support tent.  Chris is our resident sound tech and supplies all the sound equipment for the legendary Steve and Jean King duo, and of course he is also one of the founding members of the band “One Too Many” who graciously perform at the final Test of Humanity wrap-up dance.  Also at the dance there is a silent auction which Chris through his amazing contacts always seems to be able to provide an incredible amount of high end cycling booty.  By the way this year’s Test is on Sept 21st, which is also Lisa’s birthday and it’s a big one!  So don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday while she is hard at work on your bike.

Thank you Chris and Lisa for being such huge supporters and making this race so successful!

Chris & Lisa

Jeff Thomas has been our champion fund raiser.

Jeff Thomas smallerSince the very first Test of Humanity race three years ago, Jeff Thomas has been our champion fund raiser.  In year one he raised almost a quarter of all the funds raised that year, which was an unbelievable accomplishment, and he has not stopped since.  With Jeff and all the great people like him supporting this great cause, Canadian Humanitarian has been able to provide hope to so many children in Ethiopia by giving them the opportunity to go to school.  We can’t thank Jeff and all of you involved in the Test of Humanity enough.  Rumour has it Jeff is signed up again for the 2014 Test, go Jeff!

Argo Road Maintenance paves the way to reducing poverty.

Our partners and sponsors are passionate about their involvement with Test of Humanity and we are grateful for their support. The management and staff at Argo Road Maintenance do everything they can to ensure that the Test of Humanity is a great success. Because of their generosity, we are able to organize a fun event that raises money for disadvantaged children around the world.  For this, we give a great big thank you! Their assistance helps pave the way to reducing poverty.

Argo Road Maintenance {South Okanagan} Inc.

TOH – A Mountain Bike Race For Everyone.

Test of humanity bike race gangDo you know what makes TOH such a great bike race?  Yes its pristine condition and well-manicured rolling hills, berms and whoops provide for some magnificent riding.  But also the varied terrain is suitable for riders of all ages and skill levels making TOH a memorable family event.  From bike savvy 3 year olds, uber-fit enduro junkies, to the safety conscious 60+ downhillers, the course promises nothing but fun and fitness.

HELP BREAK THE “CHAIN” OF POVERTY. Support TOH and Canadian Humanitarian.

Canadian HumanitarianTest of Humanity was established to help break the cycle of poverty in Ethiopia and improve the welfare and happiness of Ethiopian children.  All financial proceeds are used to support Canadian Humanitarian projects.  Canadian Humanitarian is a charity dedicated to helping disadvantaged children throughout the world. Their main project, Kid’s Hope Ethiopia, is designed to get orphaned and disadvantaged children off the streets and into a loving and supportive foster home where security, food, shelter and a means to go to school are provided.

Taking part in the Test of Humanity ride is a great way to get on your bike, have fun and make a difference all at the same time. 

Visit the Canadian Humanitarian website to see how your support makes a difference in the lives of Ethiopian children. 

http://canadianhumanitarian.com/

The countdown is on…only 22 weeks left to TOH2014!

The countdown has started.   There are only 22 weeks left until TOH2014!  We would love to hear how you are gearing up for this year’s event.  Send us your photos, stories and general TOH tomfoolery to info@testofhumanity.com.

TOH is high energy day filled with quality biking, fun times and your participation helps accelerate Canadian Humanitarian projects in Ethiopia.  There is no better way to spend a sunny, Sunday afternoon.

2014 Test of Humanity Bike Jersey

2013 Jersey DesignBack by popular demand our 2014 jersey is the same jersey as last year’s.  Sponsored and printed by Hayman Sport and designed by Unlimited Vision, these jersey’s are a semi relaxed fit with a 3/4 length zipper, three pockets and some very cool graphics!  They can be purchased online when registering or directly from our online store, in addition there will be a limited supply at the Bike Barn closer to race day.  There will be a full range of sizes for men, women and youth.  Please note the final design may be slightly different from the one shown above.

First place trophy mugs for all categories over 16 years

Thanks to Lisa Prowse and all her hard work , each winning participant from all 16 years and over categories will be taking home one of these amazing mugs from her kiln fired collection.  Start training!