It can be tough to consider a tougher means of crossing the rustic on two wheels than on a BMX motorcycle. 

The off-road recreation motorcycle is a single-speed without a gears, making cycling up hills and over lengthy distances a lot, a lot more strenuous than on motorcycles constructed for go back and forth.

However B.C. guy Mathew Price, 33, is not any stranger to demanding situations. He’s taking his Haro Citizen BMX motorcycle on a excursion throughout Canada on Might 1, from Halifax to Vancouver on a five-month shuttle to lift consciousness about dependancy and remedy, and to have a good time his personal restoration.

Price says using his BMX around the nation has been a dream for the reason that age of 7. When he used to be rising up in Terrace, he would regularly trip across the skate park and fly off dust jumps within the woods along with his pals.

“I used to be considering of this dream that I had and it simply dawned on me [that] possibly I will do that to lift consciousness for dependancy. There used to be a sense that went in conjunction with it that I couldn’t forget about,” Price says.

It’s going to be a gruelling shuttle. Price will get started cycling from Halifax to Vancouver on Might 1, a excursion spanning roughly 6,200 kilometres. If a hit, he might wreck the sector file for the longest distance travelled on a single-speed motorcycle, and set a file for longest distance travelled on a BMX.

“There are not any actual documented makes an attempt at this, so I need to be the primary one to have [officially] finished it,” he says.

He’s come far to succeed in this level. Price used to be born in Duncan on Vancouver Island and moved to Terrace when he used to be seven years outdated. His father, who taught him find out how to trip a motorcycle when he used to be 3, used to be recognized with a couple of sclerosis the 12 months sooner than they moved.

When Price used to be younger, he used to be additionally the sufferer of sexual and bodily abuse, and he entered right into a deep despair at best 8 years outdated.

Arduous medicine and consuming turned into his existence when he used to be 15. Confronted with the lack of a detailed buddy, suicidal ideas, dependancy and despair, Price says he felt totally on my own. He had attempted seven remedy techniques, however none had been ready to assist.

“Lifestyles were given to me at an overly younger age. I used to be simply not able to manage, and it’s very abnormal however I in truth buried issues that I wasn’t even acutely aware of. As I grew older, when I used to be dwelling in Terrace, anxiousness began taking part in an enormous function in my existence. I used to be terrified always, for no explanation why.”

3 years in the past on the age of 30, Price misplaced his activity, overdosed and aroused from sleep on the Turbines Memorial Sanatorium.

Whilst in restoration, his mom confirmed him a information clip in regards to the John Volken Academy, a remedy centre in Surrey that specialize in a holistic and focussed remedy. Price says the long-term side and healing group fashion offered him, and he used to be authorised into remedy.

“I were given extra non-public enlargement inside 3 months right here than I did over a 12 months in every other program,” he says. “Everybody progresses up via management techniques and other stages of this system, and if you get additional you mentor the more recent scholars. It’s in reality particular.”

With remedy, Price discovered about post-traumatic rigidity dysfunction and find out how to set up his flashbacks and trauma.

Over the years with deeper trauma treatment, he started to really feel extra grounded inside himself, used to be ready to connect to people once more and “skilled a surge of private enlargement.”

“I believe unfastened — the emotional and psychological cage that I used to be dwelling in sooner than dissipated, and I believe I’m ready to emotionally connect to my pals and the folk round me in a in reality wholesome means that I wasn’t even conscious that existed sooner than,” he says.

All the way through the shuttle, Price says he desires to be open and as truthful as he can with folks he meets alongside the best way. He additionally plans on sharing updates, footage and ideas on social media with the hope he could make a distinction in any person else’s existence.

Cycling and workout additionally performed a task in Price’s restoration, he says, and he’s needed to educate lovely vigorously to arrange himself for the trip. And not using a gears to make conquering hills more straightforward in summer time climate, long-distance BMX excursions provide their very own host of distinctive demanding situations — even with a lightweight carbon-fibre motorcycle body.

“Because of this no person has in reality finished this sooner than,” Price laughed. “Unmarried-speed, Canadian roads, hills, potholes — I’ve were given my paintings lower out for me.”

There also are no resort rooms booked alongside the direction. As an alternative, a strengthen staff from the John Volken Academy will likely be following him in an RV all of the direction, cheering him on, scheduling interviews and posting updates. Price will spend 4 or 5 hours using on a daily basis for 5 months, attaining speeds of 20 kilometres an hour.

“I’m going the overall distance, there’s for sure in my thoughts. However even though the motorcycle trip falls off, and I’ve nonetheless accomplished some consciousness and a few hope for folks, then I believe like that will be a win evidently.”

Price works and lives now on the John Volken Academy in Surrey, however says Terrace is the place he grew up. Mounted to his hat is a Town of Terrace pin.

“I’ve gotten such a lot of messages from folks I didn’t know encouraging me, outdated pals that I drifted clear of sending me encouraging messages, pronouncing they believe it’s in reality cool what I’m doing as a result of Terrace has been in reality suffering with dependancy and psychological well being. With a bit of luck I will deliver some mild to Terrace as neatly and display folks there’s a means out,” he says.

“3 years in the past, I used to be on the Terrace health facility as a result of I overdosed. Right here I’m now, 3 years later. It’s a whole turn-around.”

Price leaves from Halifax to Vancouver on Might 1 to start out his cross-country BMX adventure. For updates, practice the Biking for Sobriety Fb web page.


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Mathew Price doing tips on his BMX motorcycle on the skate park in Castlegar, B.C. (John Volken Academy picture)

A strengthen staff will likely be following Price in an RV to record his cross-country excursion and cheer him on. (John Volken Academy picture)

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