Mother nature a challenge, but former Olympic athlete determined to get message across

Clara on her cross Canada journey.
Photo: Christopher Scott/CTV Ottawa

6 time Olympian, Clara Hughes, biked into Montreal today on day 13 of Clara's Big Ride for Bell Let's talk, a 12 thousand kilometre journey around Canada to bring awareness to mental health.

"Every pedal stroke, no matter how cold or snow or rain is so worth it because everybody has told us, that mental health matters. That's what this ride is all about, elevating the conversation, connecting Canadians in a way that maybe they haven't been connected before." said Hughes before the start of a free concert at the Bell Centre Wednesday night, featuring Serena Ryder and Coeur de Pirate.

Hughes will participate in several community events over the next 24 hours, including a talk tomorrow at Ecole Secondaire Cavelier de Lasalle and a stop at Queen of Angels Academy.

Her 110 bicycle journey started March 14th.

The former Olympic athlete is travelling about 100 kilometres a day, visiting 95 communities.

Her trek wraps up July 1st, Canada Day, in Ottawa

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