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From east to west in five days

Participants in the Go! West Prince tip-to-tip bike ride on Prince Edward Island’s portion of the Confederation Trail pose for a group photo after completing the five-day, 273-km ride Sunday in Tignish. The ride attracted 41 participants, and all arrived at their destination. Some riders broke down in tears of joy as they cycled thorough the final set of gates.
Participants in the Go! West Prince tip-to-tip bike ride on Prince Edward Island’s portion of the Confederation Trail pose for a group photo after completing the five-day, 273-km ride Sunday in Tignish. The ride attracted 41 participants, and all arrived at their destination. Some riders broke down in tears of joy as they cycled thorough the final set of gates.

TIGNISH -- A group of bikers pedaled into Tignish early Sunday afternoon to triumphant cheers from family members and friends

A group of recreational cyclists had set out from Elmira, the eastern tip of Prince Edward Island’s portion of the Confederation Trail, Kilometer 273, Wednesday afternoon on the first leg of a five-day back trek to Tignish, kilometer zero.

There start was briefly delayed by thunder; their finish held up just long enough so that the entire 41-member group could assemble to ride to the trail’s final set of gates together.

That’s where the cheers went up and the hugs started.

Some riders, able to check conquering the Confederation Trail off of their bucket list, crossed the finish line in tears..

The ride was organized by the Western Region Sport and Recreation Council through Go! West Prince. Four nights accommodations and some meals were included in the registration fee.

Along the way, there were some flat tires and broken chains, but trail officers accompanied the group and were able to get the riders going again.

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