‘If I can do it, anyone can’: B.C. man to cycle across Canada wearing a mask

Jacob Musgrave says if he can cycle 6,000 kilometres with a mask on, anyone can wear one. Jacob Musgrave / Instagram

A North Vancouver man is riding his bicycle across Canada with a mask on in a bid to dispel myths about COVID-19.

Jacob Musgrave is aiming to complete the more than 6,000-kilometre journey from Horseshoe Bay to Halifax in 30 days.

Musgrave told Global News he wanted to prove to people that wearing a mask to stop the spread of COVID-19 is easy and harmless.

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“The goal is to travel across Canada wearing a mask and I believe if I can do it, anyone can,” he said.

“I’ve heard excuses: it’s too itchy, it’s annoying, they break. But it’s not really a big deal to get used to it.”

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The ride will raise money for both COVID-19 relief and for cancer research.

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The 24-year-old said his father Randy, a firefighter who died of leukemia when he was eight, was one of his major inspirations.

Musgrave is aiming to complete between 130 and 250 kilometres per day on his ride.

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On Friday, he got a good start on that endeavour, completing a 187-kilometre leg from West Vancouver to Hope.

You can follow Musgrave’s ride on his Instagram account.

You can also support him by wearing a mask, he said.

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“I believe you should leave your house making sure you have your essential equipment — keys, wallet, phone, and just bring a mask with you wherever you go and wear it as much as possible,” said Musgrave.

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