Tristen Chernove won a gold medal in the Para-Cycling Time Trial Men’s C2 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Chernove will be leading Team Canada’s cycling team to the Para cycling road world championships in South Africa at the end of August. (Photo by Jean-Baptiste Benavent/Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Chernove completes epic 1,000 race, raises over $30K for Paralympic Foundation of Canada

The local Paralympian travelled via bicycle from Fernie to Merrit in just a few days

Local Paralympian Tristen Chernove has officially completed his epic 1,000 challenge that he set out to do just a few days ago.

Chernove took his bicycle on a test of mental and physical endurance for the B.C. Epic 1,000 — an almost entirely off-road and self-supported ride that saw him bike through B.C.’s southern interior from Fernie to Merritt.

READ MORE: Chernove set to take on epic 1,000 kilometre cycling challenge

His goal was to raise money for the Paralympic Foundation of Canada, which raises money to support athletes living with a disability. Chernove said that this foundation is near and dear to him, which is why he chose it in the first place.

He said in a video online that he was struggling yesterday morning during a particularly challenging stretch of the ride. He asked followers online to do what they can to donate, when the total was floating around $7,000.

According to a Facebook post from Chernove on Tuesday morning (July 21), the fundraising total reached $30,305.

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