The 19th annual Tour de Rock begins September 24, when the team of 17 departs for a 1,100 kilometer, two-week bicycle journey down Vancouver Island, raising money for pediatric cancer research and support programs.
Come out on Saturday, September 24th and cheer on the mid island rider’s as they head off to join their teammates on the way to Port Alice and the beginning of the Canadian Cancer Society’s – Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock.
South Island riders leave from Admirals Walk by Coast Capital Savings and Thrifty Foods at 7 a.m. The Trucks and police vehicles will be loaded up and ready to go by 7:30 a.m.
Riders leaving from Admirals Walk include: VicPD Todd Mason and Cam Stephen, CFB Esquimalt Andree Noye, Westshore RCMP Elyse Patton, Saanich PD Janis Carmine and Joanne Bickford, Duncan RCMP Felix Charette-Thibault, and of course our two guest riders Mena Westhaver and Anne Carelli.
Mid-island riders will meet up with the rest of the team at meet at the weigh station just before Parksville, 1326 Island Highway East at 10:00am, Saturday, Sept 24th. Auxiliary Officer, Jaleesa Nardino; RCMP Sgt. Donovan Tait; Media Rider, Daryl Major; RCMP Cpl. Brady Mathison; Auxiliary Officer, Gaylene Thorogood will all be boarding a bus at a Parksville weigh station to head off on their grand adventure.
Central Island riders Trevor Mack and Curtis Mitchell will meet the team for their lunch provided by Campbell River Boston Pizza.
The team will pick up Port MCNeill rider Brent Schemilt as they head for Port Alice.
The Tour de Rock starts the next day in Port Alice, Sunday, Sept. 25 and wraps up in Victoria on Friday, Oct. 7.
For all things Tour visit – www.tourderock.ca
Since 1998, the Tour has raised more $21 million for the Canadian Cancer Society, which uses the money to fund kids on Vancouver Island who have or are battling cancer, to attend at no cost, a special camp: Camp Goodtimes. It also supports important pediatric cancer research and programs that help children with cancer and their families.