We are on a journey to change lives around the world

What is Cycle 5 To Survive?

P.L. and his wife Kristen combined their love of cycling with a desire to help those less fortunate by creating ‘Cycle 5 to Survive’ (C5TS). They set out to use their Time, Talent, and Treasures to raise money and awareness for charities so they can fulfill their purposes of creating cycles of opportunity for the less fortunate through sports, education, or business.

This purpose is based on their diverse skill sets: Kristen brings education to the table, while P.L.’s background in business drives them forward with a focus on success. And they wouldn’t have met if it weren’t for sports! Each charity they have chosen to support falls within one of these three key areas.

Their idea wasn’t born as a fleeting thought; instead, it emerged from a desire for P.L. wanting to find more meaning in life, and by the mutual celebration of his 50th birthday and Kristen’s 55th birthday in 2022.

Using the number ‘5’ – representative of their ages, they are setting out on an incredible journey: they are pledged to traverse five continents on bicycles over the next five years while partnering with five different charities along the way in the hopes of raising $500,000 for each charity. What began as a dream evolved into reality through C5TS—a reality that is helping make positive changes in the world.

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Kristin and PL

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The Great Divide / Continental Divide Bike Route Challenge

PL and Kristin invite you to join the Continental Divide Bike Route Challenge and tackle the 4300 km virtual route from Banff to Mexico by cycling, walking, or running in your local area. Dive into this adventure knowing that 100% of your registration fee directly supports five incredible charities!

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2023 Ride – Great Divide

The Great Divide Trail traverses the continental divide between Alberta and British Columbia, wandering through the vast wilderness of the Canadian Rocky Mountains for more than 1100 kilometres. It is one of the most spectacular and challenging long‐distance trails on the planet.

North America

4,320 kms

Time Riding
43 days

46,550 m

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route


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