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Nestled in the middle of the Canadian Prairies, Saskatchewan is one of the flattest—if not the most—provinces Flat – in the country.

Certainly it is far from the mountainous terrain of neighboring Alberta or British Columbia, and so mountain biking doesn’t immediately come to mind when thinking of the popular prairie pastime.

However, local athlete Carson Ritter embarked on a journey to pedal-powered prominence – it began in Regina when he was just six years old.

“When I was six, I was a very flamboyant little kid, so my parents threw me into a bunch of sports,” Ritter explained. “I didn’t grow up in team sports, but one sport (my parents) put me in mountain biking, so I actually started right here (Douglas Park), I would go mountain biking a couple of times a week. And I just built it.”

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Once hooked, Ritter rode trails throughout Queen City, but eventually needed to expand into more difficult terrain to take him to places like the trails at Buffalo Pound Provincial Park.

“(Being in Saskatchewan) is definitely a disadvantage because you don’t have the same quality of trails and you don’t have that many long climbs,” he said. “But you can still train and you can still drive to Canmore or other places.”

After 11 years and several competitions on the bike, Ritter is ready for one of his biggest achievements to date – qualifying as a member of Team Saskatchewan for the Canada Summer Games which will take place on August 6 in Niagara, Ont. will begin.

“I’m very excited because I know everyone’s what’s going on because I train with them regularly,” he said. “It would be a really nice experience to meet some new people.”

The Olympic-like atmosphere is something he is very keen to experience.

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“It would be really great to see the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony,” he said.

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“It’s really Canada’s version of the Olympic Games, with the opening and closing ceremonies taking place in an athlete’s village,” explained Team Saskatchewan Chef de Mission Mark Bracken.

“Meeting the kids of Nunavut, meeting kids from Yukon, PEI all over the country and just a big team coming together to represent the green and white, it’s just a special occasion for these kids, really. Most of them for once in a lifetime (opportunity).”

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Unlike many athletes who go to the Games, Ritter has more than one sport to compete in, although both are on two wheels.

The 17-year-old hopes to compete in both mountain biking and road cycling.

Road cycling came naturally to Ritter when he was a young teenager, which he found both cool and challenging.

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“Sometimes it’s good to be alone on the highway, it’s just you and the road,” he said.

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Ritter has pushed himself to serious extremes, training for road cycling, building up his stamina and stamina in the process.

“I was 14 and didn’t have my learner’s or driver’s license, so it was pretty neat, I could go long (distances) on my bike,” he explained. “I went on my bike to my cabin one day, it’s in the Cannata Valley at Last Mountain Lake (more than 52 kilometers north of Regina).”

Saskatchewan’s climate doesn’t allow Ritter or any cycling enthusiast to train year-round on two wheels, so when the snow hits the ground he trades in chains and spokes for skis and poles.

Now finding a steady routine between his summer and winter games, Ritter has used the two to each other’s advantage.

“Cycling is especially good for skiing because it maintains your fitness, keeps your cardio good,” he said.

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