WINNIPEG – He may be the grandfather of eleven grandchildren, but Arvid Loewen is not slowing down.
Winnipegger, 63, already holds the fastest pedaling record across Canada, taking just 13 days, 6 hours and 13 minutes.
Now he is planning to set a second world record for the furthest distances in a month.
Loewen started the month-long journey on July 1 at 5 am
With the current record of 11,000 kilometers, he will have to cycle about 380 kilometers a day.
Starting during a light drizzle, Loewen got his first flat tire just 2 hours after the race.
Loewen is doing the tour as a way to raise funds for the Mully Children Family.
“I have eight large donors who have pledged to compare dollar-for-dollar up to $ 115,000 in regular donations. That means that every kilometer I travel is worth $ 10 in a match, as long as ‘regular’ donations come in,” said Loewen in a post on Facebook.
As of Wednesday, regular donations now total more than $ 50,000.
Loewen started raising money for charity 15 years ago.
Loewen will post updates about his trip on his Facebook.