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WIRTH Hats Quad Tandem World Championships

On July 15-23, 2023, Vancouver-based brand WIRTH Hats will host the Quad Tandem World Championships. The one-of-a-kind adventure race, which is the first of this scale for the company, will draw teams from around the world to compete on quad tandem (four-person) bikes for a grand prize: The Quad Cup.

The Quad Tandem World Championships is the ultimate team race and a mental health fundraiser for the WIRTH Hats Counselling Fund. During this year’s event, six teams will cycle over 800 kilometres, from Keremeos to Nelson, B.C., over the course of eight days. Participants include Team Great Britain, Team USA, Team Brazil, Team New Zealand, the Women’s Canadian Team, and the Men’s Canadian Team. The race will be featured by Youtuber DownieLive and documented by Emmy award-winning cinematographer Adam Miller.

WIRTH Hats was inspired by Jakob Wirth, who had a vision of creating a hat company however sadly passed away by suicide in 2014 before he could achieve his dream. Jakob envisioned something recognizable; something stylish; something people would love to wear. For him, hats weren’t just an accessory, they were the perfect addition to an outfit and a central part of what could make someone feel unique. In 2018, WIRTH Hats was founded by Ben Miller as a tribute to his dear friend Jakob and other loved and lost friends. 

A “hug for your head,” each hat is made in Vancouver and serves as an everyday reminder that mental health is a priority and can affect anyone. To that end, the company applies profits from hat sales and event hosting towards free online counselling for people in need. To date, WIRTH Hats has sponsored over 6,000 counselling sessions — and has set its sights on reaching 10,000 sessions sponsored through the Quad Tandem World Championships.

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