The Kintsugi Alliance

The Art of Life's Precious Scars

Riding for mental wellness

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Kevin Wallace

Founder / Co-Owner of Gears Bike Shop

Founder & Ride Host of the Peloton Ride

"We are a group of cyclists who came together to create a unique cycling experience and a forum to inspire conversations about mental wellness. "One Great Ride, Just Like Life" reflects our consideration that mental wellness is a conversation for everyone."

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Thomas Carrique

Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

Inaugural 2019 Peloton Rider & 2020 Patron

“I am honoured to serve as Patron for the Peloton Ride 2020 for Mental Health at OPP Headquarters in Simcoe County. Badge of Life Canada and Trillium Health Partners are key partners in our strategy to meet the mental health needs of Ontario Provincial Police members and their families. Every day, members of the OPP put their lives on the line to ensure public safety across Ontario. The OPP is pleased to be part of this important event to raise awareness of the mental health needs of first responders, veterans, their loved ones and all members of our communities.”

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Curt Harnett

Canadian Racing Cyclist, Hall of Famer

2020 Peloton Ride Host

Curtis "Curt" Melvin Harnett, is a Canadian racing cyclist. He began cycling as a way to stay in shape for hockey. He competed in four Olympic Games, winning three medals, one silver, and two bronze.

As well, Harnett has three medals from the Commonwealth Games and three medals from the Pan American Games. He held the world record for the 200-meter time trial for 11 years. After retiring from cycling in 1996, he attended the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games as a commentator for CBC Sports. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.  He was the chef de mission for Team Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games and the2016 Summer Olympics. In 2018, Harnett was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Wearing our scars with pride

The name ‘Kintsugi Alliance” was inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken objects with gold lacquer to create beauty and strength from what was broken. This is the essence of resilience.

Through our conversations and the Peloton Ride ethos we develop the confidence to respect what is damaged and scarred, vulnerable and imperfect – starting with ourselves and those around us.

We invite you to join us for Peloton Ride 2020 as we raise funds for Trillium Health Partners and Badge of Life Canada in support of mental wellness for our First Responders and our communities