We spoke with Cole Brewer with the West Shore RCMP about Day 11, which was a very special and meaningful day for him on tour.
Keep up with all the latest Tour de Rock news, including on-Tour reports from the team members, stories from our media partners, news releases and more.
We spoke with Cole Brewer with the West Shore RCMP about Day 11, which was a very special and meaningful day for him on tour.
We spoke with Tour de Rock rider Kris Wood with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP who reflects on an emotional day.
Just got the chance to sit down with Sam Caram with the Nanaimo RCMP who reflected on her ride through Nanaimo into Ladysmith and Chemainus today.
The team rolled into Nanaimo so we sat down with local rider Kevin Flood with the Nanaimo RCMP to reflect on the day. Thank you Nanaimo for welcoming us into your community.
After a long, hard ride to the west coast of Vancouver Island, we arrived in Ucluelet to some amazing community support. Below, we sit down with RCMP officer Marcel Midlane to talk about what it’s like riding in to your home community:
Thanks to Chris for sharing why he is riding this year.
Thanks to Arnold Lim, our Black Press media rider, for sharing this article. https://www.saanichnews.com/community/riding-the-tour-de-rock-for-the-second-time/
Beth talks about the importance of junior riders on tour as well as Olivia Davis’s speech. Olivia is a very strong young woman who is a childhood cancer survivor.
Ryan talks about all the great community support the team received on their journey to the Comox Valley.
Thank you to Chek News and CTV News for covering our Journey from Campbell River to the Comox Valley.
Chelsea Cofield talks about her experience on Day 2. Today, they rode over 140 km and visited the amazing communities of Woss and Sayward.
Following Day 1 of the Tour de Rock, which saw the team begin their journey, rider David Boyce from Port Alberni RCMP spoke about his experiences from the day
Sandra gets to visit her hometown and Port Alice raised almost $8000 last night! What a great start to an amazing journey. Thank you Port Alice for hosting us. Your community support is heartwarming.
See what Sandra has to say about the first day:
Vancouver Islanders, what can we say other than “Thank you”? We can’t put into words what your support means to us. We can’t put into words what your support means to children and families touched by pediatric cancer. We can’t put into words what it feels like to cycle 1,100-km, fueled by the heartfelt welcomes…Details
Hello Victoria and South Island! My name is Cst. Todd Mason, I am an officer with the Victoria Police Department and I’m so happy to be home!!! After a filling our tanks with a yummy White Spot breakfast; the day started off early and with a serious bang, quite literally! The first stop was Oak Bay…Details
Hello South Island! This is Cst. Elyse Patten from the West Shore RCMP Detachment. I am excited that the team has finally made it to the south end of Vancouver Island. The day started out with a great pancake breakfast at Boston Pizza in Duncan. The team fueled up for a tougher day of riding…Details
Hi, it’s Felix Charette-Thibault, rider from the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP for the 2016 Tour de Rock. What an incredible day riding back into the Cowichan Valley! We started the morning from the Best Western Plus Chemainus Inn and rode the short distance to the Chemainus Legion for an early breakfast. The community presented their fundraising…Details
Hi, it’s Daryl Major media rider for the 2016 Tour de Rock. What great reception from my adopted home, Nanaimo! We started the day with a warm up in the parking lot of the Inn on Long Lake. From there it was a ride up the Inland Island highway to White Spot for breakfast to…Details
Hi, my name is Donovan Tait and I’m with the Nanaimo RCMP. I grew up in Port Alberni and have lived and worked all over Vancouver Island, north to south. I am a proud “Islander”. The last eight days have been a whirlwind of emotions being witness to the generosity and support of people of…Details
Lot of emotions today. My name is Gaylene Thorogood of the Tofino RCMP. We left Port Alberni, through a little bit of rain, with some cheers and horn honking. In my mind I kept going over the road ahead. I know Highway 4 very well, I travel it at least once a week. There are some…Details
Hope. Loss. Fight. Perseverance. Reflection. It was amazing how many feelings we, as a team, went through today. Janis Carmena here and today was the day I was dreading. Today was the day we took on “The Hump.” (“The Hump” is that huge hill between Cathedral Grove and Port Alberni). It wasn’t the physical part…Details
Hi everyone! My name is Jaleesa Nardino from Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP. Another exciting day in the books! We started bright and early after a nice stay at the Holiday Inn Express in Courtenay, and headed straight to Thrifty Foods in Courtenay for breakfast. As we arrived, we were greeted with lots of cheers and clapping, which…Details
Good Day! I am Constable Trevor Mack from the Comox Valley RCMP and proud member of the 2016 Tour de Rock Team. We started out the day with an amazing breakfast and send off from Painters Lodge in Campbell River. Our first stop of the day was at Willow Point Elementary School, where we were…Details
Hello! This is Corporal Curtis Mitchell with the CFB Comox Military Police. Let me just start with what an amazing community Sayward was and how much support they showed the riders and support crew on Tour de Rock. We woke up refreshed and slightly sore from the previous days 147 km bike ride, but we…Details
Hi, its Daryl Major from 102.3 The Wave in Nanaimo, this year’s media rider for the 2016 Tour De Rock. Every trainer and alumni rider have told us that the northern Vancouver Island is the heart of the Tour. We saw that first hand today. We started day two of the tour in Port McNeill,…Details
Leading up to the tour, CTV Vancouver Island’s Louise Hartland (also a member of the 2011 Tour de Rock) aired a five-part series about the Tour de Rock: Mom recounts son’s battle with leukemia Kids fundraise for friends Saanich cop rides for fallen brother-in-law Nurse shares Tour de Rock experience Cyclists warm up for Saturday ride…Details
Hello, this is Constable Brent Shemilt from the Port McNeill RCMP WOW! What a day! I guess the best place to start telling you about is at the beginning. We started the day off with an incredible pancake and sausage breakfast at the Port Alice Community center where we were joined by a number of…Details
It has begun to look a lot like fall, and that means that it is time for the annual Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer – Tour De Rock to start. The 2016 team had a wonderful send-off at Admirals Walk in View Royal this morning. A big thank you to Coast Capital Savings and…Details
One young artist will WIN a day with the Tour de Rock team in their community and a Tour de Rock jersey signed by the 2016 team! Click to download and print the Colouring Contest sheet. Contest Details • Colour and drop off your entries to any Thrifty Foods location on Vancouver Island by Friday, September 9 for your chance to win. • The contest…Details
The 2015 Tour de Rock came to an end Friday night with an incredible celebration at Spirit Square in Victoria. After a truly emotional final day in Greater Victoria, the 21 riders are now left with post-Tour emotions. You see, it is not just the seven months of physical training, tireless fundraising and Tour de…Details
Good evening! This is Alison Wood with Island District RCMP. Well, today was just an amazing day for me – personally and as a Tour de Rock team member. If I could describe it in two words, they would be “outstanding” and “adventurous”. The day started off outstanding. I was met by my family and…Details
Hello, this is Auxiliary Constable Nick Brame with the Westshore RCMP Every day we ride, we meet new people who share their experiences and they offer support to us as we ride down the Island. As we enter larger towns and cities I expected to find the support of communities as a whole to lessen…Details
Hello, I am Constable Ian Wetzel-Eden with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP As I continue this journey and visit the wonderful communities on our Island I notice one remarkable thing, the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock is the thread that binds us together. The Island contains a varied tapestry of cities and…Details
Hello, I am Hilary Eastmure from Nanaimo’s 91.7 Coast FM. I am this year’s media rider. I’ve called Nanaimo home for the past two years, but I’ve never been more proud to do so than after today. The Tour de Rock team spent most of the day in Nanaimo, visiting some fabulous supporters and spending…Details
Hello, I am Constable Mihai Ilioi with Nanaimo RCMP and am a rider with the 2015 Tour de Rock team. Today was a special day for the Tour for a few of reasons. First, we said goodbye to Week One support crew upon leaving Ucluelet en route to Tofino. Behind the Tour de Rock riders is a…Details
Good evening. This is Ray Bernoties with Island District RCMP. This morning at breakfast I had a nice surprise: my good friend, and very big supporter of Tour de Rock, Mike Gonzalez and his son, Jacob, drove to Port Alberni and had breakfast with us. Mike was incredibly generous and is a longtime supporter of…Details
Good evening! This is Rob Webb from Island District RCMP. I know the daily blog is supposed to talk about what happened today, but I want to briefly share with you an experience from yesterday. Last night we attended a great burger and beer event at the Quality Resort Bayside in Parksville. After our brief introduction…Details
Hi! This is Diane Luszniak with the Victoria Police Department. This morning started differently for me, as I knew I would be writing today’s blog. Knowing I was going to have that honour had my mind flowing with ideas. I have really been inspired by the blogs already written by my fellow riders and how…Details
Hi! This is Pam Harris from the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. It wasn’t even 7 o’clock in the morning today and I had already had my first cry of the day. The Tour de Rock team hadn’t even gotten onto our bikes yet to start our travels from the comfort of the Painter’s Lodge…Details
CTV Vancouver Island (skip to 10:49) and the Times Colonist both came out and chatted with the team in Campbell River on Tuesday. The Campbell River Mirror covered our visit in that community, too! Several news outlets have reported that some dedicated and very skilled members of our support crew jumped into action while the…Details
This is John Belanger with North Vancouver Island Traffic Services. This is my eighth time on Tour, but my first time as a bicycle rider. Previous to this year, I was a motorcycle escort rider. As a Tour de Rock rider now, it’s very different from being part of the support crew and motorcycle escort. The support…Details
My name is Matt Rutherford and I am a police officer with the Victoria Police Department. Today marks the 2nd full day of riding and we woke up to some beautiful weather at the Black Bear Resort Hotel in Port McNeill. The trainers had mentioned that the 145ish-kilometre ride from Port McNeill to Sayward ride (the longest…Details
Hi there, this is Nick Mandryk with the Saanich Police Department. 9 a.m. this morning marked the beginning of what the 2015 Tour de Rock team has been working so hard for over the last seven months. We set off from Port Alice on our bikes, amid great fanfare from the local community members, to begin our…Details
It means so much to the Tour de Rock that media outlets up and down Vancouver Island support us by sharing the Tour story through print articles, TV news stories, radio interviews and more.
Here are a couple stories from the kick-off event:
The day started bright and early this morning for the 2015 Tour de Rock team, as they gathered in the customary wet weather for a wonderful send-off at Admirals Walk in View Royal. After some wonderful speeches and some great support from Tour sponsors Coast Capital Savings and Thrifty Foods, the 21 cyclists got…Details
On May 1, in front of a cheering, jam-packed crowd at Oak Bay High School, 20 Vancouver Island police officers and 1 radio personality were named to the 2015 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team. This 21-member team will cycle the length of Vancouver Island in September and October, raising money…Details
The Tour de Rock family is mourning the loss of Saanich Police Sgt. Mike Lawless. Our family, made up of more than 340 alumni riders, our Junior Rider Team and supportive communities up and down Vancouver Island, feels the significant loss of a great man. Mike rode the Tour de Rock in 2004 and subsequently…Details
After two incredible weeks of support from communities up and down Vancouver Island, Tour de Rock is over. Amazingly, money is still rolling in and we continue to count it to provide you with a final tally. As Tour de Rock wrapped up on Friday, many of our media partners came out and followed the…Details
By Times Colonist reporter, and 2014 Tour de Rock rider, Katie DeRosa When we started training for this journey seven months ago, we were told you never really know what the Tour de Rock is until you live the experience. After 14 days, 24 teammates who are now brothers and sisters, 1,100 kilometres from the…Details
$1,154,776. Wow! Need we say more? Vancouver Islanders — from Port Alice and Port Hardy, all the way down to Victoria — this remarkable number is your doing. Tour de Rock is the Island’s charity because without you, we would just be a group of cops and journalists, and one high school teacher, cycling 1,100…Details
By Times Colonist reporter, and 2014 Tour de Rock rider, Katie DeRosa There’s a running joke that Dean Norris-Jones is the Tour de Rock rider most likely to know someone in every room. The team was blown away when the Reynolds Secondary teacher bumped into a student in a parking lot, in the middle of…Details
CTV Vancouver Island aired two stories yesterday related to Tour de Rock. The first, from Scott Cunningham, explored the benefits of Camp Goodtimes and who benefits from a summer camp like that. The second, from Louise Hartland, looked at what the team and local schools were up to on the second to last day of…Details
Good evening. This is guest rider Dean Norris-Jones. In his poem Ulysses, Tennyson declares that his travels and the people he has met have shaped who he is when he declares, “I am a part of all that I have met.” The Tour de Rock rider in me can identify with Tennyson’s words. This two-week…Details
CTV Vancouver Island’s Gord Kurbis has been covering Tour de Rock on the North Island for… well, it seems like forever. He’s seen, day after after day, year after year, what the ride brings and what it means to the riders. This year, as Tour prepares to end, he created a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at…Details
This is the homecoming I will never forget… Hi! This is Const. Justin Whittaker from the Saanich Police Department. Day 11 of the Tour de Rock began as a sunny, but very crisp, 7 a.m. start in the beautiful Cowichan Valley. The team worked together along the winding and curving hills that led us to…Details
By Times Colonist reporter, and 2014 Tour de Rock rider, Katie DeRosa Eleven-year-old Emma Smith has read the Harry Potter series five times. She loves to dance and she’s most proud of her baking badge for Girl Guides. The Saanich cancer survivor was also excited to be a junior rider for the Tour de Rock…Details
Good evening. This is VicPD Const. Jen Young here. The Tour de Rock team started the day in Chemainus, a beautiful and generous oceanside community. I’m pretty happy to be here in the Cowichan Valley, which is where I call home. The members of the local Legion Branch hosted us for a terrific fundraiser breakfast,…Details
CTV Vancouver Island followed the team around yesterday, and spoke with rider Sgt. Steve Wright about his unfortunate injury.
Hi there! This is Aux. Const. Beth Avis with the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. Today our journey took us from Nanaimo to Chemainus. We all had a restful sleep after a tough day, emotionally, yesterday. It was great to see Matt Pigeon on the bike again, and it was great to have Steve Wright riding along with us as…Details
By Times Colonist reporter, and 2014 Tour de Rock rider, Katie DeRosa It all happened so fast. The team was riding toward Tofino on Sunday, a few kilometres past the junction, when, through the fog, I saw a tangle of bikes and bodies. The lead car slowed down after getting a report that a…Details
While cycling the stretch of road between Ucluelet and Tofino this morning, a collision between a couple of the riders occurred, resulting in a crash. Unfortunately, as a result of injuries sustained in this crash, Sgt. Steve Wright (West Shore RCMP) will be unable to continue riding for the duration of Tour de Rock. He…Details
This is Const. Ryan Blakey with Nanaimo RCMP. Today marked the start of Week 2 for the riders with weary legs, and for a brand new and eager support crew. The day started with much promise and tearful goodbyes with the Week 1 support crew. It’s such a trying and emotional journey, it seemed like…Details
This is Const. Ryan Koropatniski from the Victoria Police Department. Saturday was Day 7 of our journey. We ate our breakfast and left Port Alberni for Ucluelet. The forecast promised sunshine and the journey scheduled us for promised 100 km of hills and spectacular views. We rode out and had our first rest stop at…Details
Well, Vancouver Island — today marks the end of the first week of Tour de Rock. We’ve visited more than a dozen communities and met hundreds of people who’ve shared their stories with us. But for the Tour de Rock team, we know there are another seven days of physically and emotionally tough experiences. This…Details
And rider Katie DeRosa (Times Colonist) wrote a story that touches on the importance of the Tour de Rock support crew, and the personal connection some of them have to the cause.
This is Sgt. Jason Bland from the Saanich Police. In the world of Tour de Rock, today is “Hump Day.” Now, to some, that phrase evokes the boisterous camel walking through the office: “Yay! Hump Day!” But not to the Tour de Rock riders and support crew. Hump Day, for us, brings the Tour de…Details
It’s Hump Day today for the 2014 Tour de Rock team – a long steady ride up the Alberni Hump into the valley. The Alberni Valley News previews what’s on the schedule for the day.
CTV Vancouver Island followed the Tour de Rock team yesterday from Campbell River to Qualicum Beach and Parksville.
This is Jen Young, proudly representing VicPD on the 2014 Tour de Rock team. This morning I opened my eyes to Day 5 of the Tour and held my breath as I looked out the window – would it be raining again? Heck no! Day 5 dawned sunny and mild in beautiful Courtenay. It was…Details
By Times Colonist reporter, and 2014 Tour de Rock rider, Katie DeRosa Tour de Rock rider Chris Kippel has a laminated photo of his wife, Katie, tied to the handlebar of his bike. She has chin-length black hair with streaks of red and piercing brown eyes. When Kippel met Katie Lamont in 2001, she had…Details
Hello everyone! This is Matt Pidgeon from CFB Comox Military Police. Day 4 of the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer 2014 Tour de Rock started off at the beautiful Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River. After a great breakfast we were able to give a huge thanks to the staff at the Lodge, and accepting…Details
By Times Colonist reporter, and 2014 Tour de Rock rider, Katie DeRosa Natalia Corrigall runs around the Campbell River Commons with her little sister, Annabelle, still excited from her first day of kindergarten at Pinecrest Elementary. You’d never know that the energetic five-year-old sporting sparkly butterfly face paint just finished a strong round of chemotherapy,…Details
Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock wouldn’t be as successful as it is without our friends in the media who provide coverage of the ride and help us tell the stories of the people who benefit from the money raised. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the terrific coverage we’ve received in the past…Details
This is Colleen Henry from Comox Valley RCMP and a very proud member of the 2014 Tour de Rock Team. What an amazing day we had today! Our team of 24 riders and our committed support crew started with breakfast in Sayward at Skogan’s Diner, where the ladies that cooked for us were up bright…Details
Good evening. This is Kyle Ushock with Campbell River RCMP. Day 2 of the 2014 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock started in Port McNeill. Black Bear Resort was an amazing host, donating the rooms for the riders and crew, and then followed that up with a huge donation of $2,500.This donation…Details
By Times-Colonist reporter, and 2014 Tour de Rock rider, Katie DeRosa Six months ago, we were practically strangers. A group of two dozen cops, media divas and one charismatic vice-principal — they all had little in common other than the shared goal of raising money for childhood-cancer research. Those first few practices, we were more…Details
This is Tyson Richard from Port Hardy RCMP. The 2014 Tour de Rock team woke up in Port Alice this morning to begin the journey up to Port Hardy and on to Port McNeill. We all got a lot closer as a team last night, sleeping in the gym at the community centre and we…Details
The 2014 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock started at Admiral’s Walk Thrifty Foods Saturday morning, as crowds of supporters, friends, junior riders and loved ones gathered to say farewell to the police, media and guest riders that make up the 24-member team. Although the Tour de Rock has barely begun, and the riding itself…Details
The 2014 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock kicks off tomorrow! Here’s a rundown of some terrific press our riders and passionate fundraisers are getting in Black Press papers. Touring the hard way – Alberni Valley News Oak Bay High students won’t let kids with cancer down – Oak Bay News Reynolds students ride on…Details
Jan Buehler with the Canadian Cancer Society spoke with CFAX 1070 about what the tentative deal between the BCTF and the province could mean for Tour de Rock. The ride will go ahead, regardless of schools being in session, but organizers have a Plan A and Plan B prepared, in the event that students and…Details
Last Friday the 2014 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team members reached their last milestone before heading out on their two-week fundraising endeavour: they received their riding jerseys. The colourful Tour de Rock jersey is earned by each rider after putting in months of training and fundraising for such a worthy…Details
Every year, the Tour de Rock team rolls in to dozens and dozens of Vancouver Island schools where students and teachers welcome the riders like rock stars. This year, we hope that won’t be any different, but CTV News wanted to know what we have planned in the event the ongoing job action at public…Details
It’s that time of year again. The 2014 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team has been training together for nearly three months already, and the members of the team were officially announced earlier this month. Now find out what the experience is like as a rider, by reading the regular blog…Details
$1,175,000. That number leaves the entire Tour de Rock team speechless. After seven months of intense training and fundraising, and two solid weeks of riding and community events, the 16th installment of Vancouver Island’s Cops for Cancer bike ride has come to an end. On behalf of every member of the Tour de Rock team,…Details
CTV’s Erin Glazier covers Tour stops at St. Michael’s University School, Oak Bay High, Parkland and Claremont secondary schools. There’s also coverage of the massive head shave event at Reynold secondary, where the team stops tomorrow. And media rider Joe Perkins talks about a special mustache shave. See the video here.
If you’ve seen any videos or photos of this year’s Tour de Rock team, or read any social media updates about the ride, chances are you’ll have heard about the weather they’ve endured. Rain, rain and more rain – oh, and some strong winds, too – have greeted the riders in almost every community in…Details
Hi there, it’s Misty Dmytar from Nanaimo RCMP. What an emotional journey this tour has been for me (and many of the other riders). Not only am I an RCMP member, a wife and daughter, I am a mother of two beautiful children. My 3 1/2 year old daughter, Jordyn, brings an abundance of love…Details
Hi, it’s Jennifer Faerber here from Vista Radio, one of four media riders on the 2013 Tour de Rock team! Day 11 brought us a welcome break from the rain! After a delicious breakfast at the Chemainus Legion, many of us over-dressed and ended up awkwardly removing rain jackets and gloves on the long ride…Details
Hey there — this is Mike Russell from the Victoria Police Department. The Tour de Rock functions on inspiration. The riders get this in spades from the people and communities that we visit and from the children we know we are helping by doing this great work. It’s not often we get a chance to…Details
Arnold Lim from Black Press here again. Tonight I want to write about someone we met a few days ago in Cumberland. Hope Kopeck remembers pulling out her eyelashes and making a wish. After four months of chemotherapy, the six-year old was losing the hair on her head and her eyelashes were slowly falling out…Details
Hi, Arnold Lim here. I’m the rider from Black Press. Technical issues stopped us from posting the Day Eight update until today, but better late than never. Riding for Tour de Rock has its perks. Every time we roll into a community we are received with open arms, often greeted with applause, generous spreads of food,…Details
Hi, Jillian van der Geest here from KOOL FM. I’m one of the media riders on this year’s Tour de Rock team. My first experience with Tour de Rock was as a shy 12-year-old at Oak Bay High School. I remember sitting in the bleachers, watching as students and teachers lined up in a row…Details
Nine-year-old Ashlyn Smart was watching. Ashlyn counted 21 Tour de Rock riders pulling into a convenience store in the Comox Valley, and noted each rider sported the bright fluorescent green socks she was looking for. Only a week ago, the Cops for Cancer support crew gave each rider — including myself, Arnold Lim, representing Black…Details
Hi, Joe Perkins of CTV News Vancouver Island here. I’m one of the riders on the 2013 Tour de Rock. What a difference a day can make. It feels like weeks ago we were in Sayward, huddled in the community’s Legion looking out at a dark sky, preparing to make the wet (and long) journey…Details
Hi! It’s Jennifer Faerber, north Island rider representing Vista Radio, here. On Tour, as in life, “tomorrow is another day.” I had an extremely tough time on our longest ride Sunday. The rain, the hills, the chill, the hills… did I mention them already? So getting on my bike today was a little bit daunting,…Details
CTV Vancouver Island’s Louise Hartland shares the stories of two young girls, Baby Molly and Baby Madrona, who lost their fights with cancer this past summer. Each rider on this year’s Tour de Rock team is carrying mementos of both toddlers with them as they ride, in honour of the girls and as a constant…Details
CTV’s Gord Kurbis caught up with the team as they headed out for their first day of riding. And hear about one longtime member of the Tour de Rock family – Mike Lawless – who is noticeably absent from this year’s support crew, as he deals with his own battle with cancer. Watch the story…Details
Another north Island soaker today, February in September as a drenching rain fell on the longest leg of the Tour de Rock, the lonely 140-kilometre stretch from Port McNeill to Sayward. As sparsely populated as the northern end of Vancouver Island may be, the best thing about it is its generous and welcoming people. The…Details
It rained on northern Vancouver Island on Sunday. A lot. After a night of listening to the downpour drumming on the roof of the Port Alice community centre gym, the riders actually got a bit of a reprieve to start the Tour de Rock, contending with not much more than a drizzle during the…Details
So, finally, after seven months of training, of fundraising, of getting more comfortable in spandex than they ever thought possible, they’re off. The 21-member 2013 Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock team hit the road Saturday, driving to Port Alice for a nervous night’s sleep in the community centre gym before beginning their 1,000-kilometre bicycle…Details
The Tour de Rock rolls out today minus the only cop to have made the journey for each of the past nine years. After all that time being there for the kids, Saanich’s Mike Lawless faces his own fight with cancer — something he says gives him a better appreciation for the parents of children…Details
Famous Canadian artist Ted Harrison donates an original painting for his friend Arnold Lim and the Tour de Rock. Read the Victoria News story here.
Mike Russell wears the Tour de Rock colours while taking on Victoria Police Chief Jamie Graham in the annual Bike To Work Week Commuter Challenge. Here’s the VicPD media release: Victoria & Esquimalt, BC – 2013 Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock rider Constable Mike Russell will be taking on Chief Jamie…Details
WHAT: Unveiling of the 2013 Tour de Rock team WHERE: Royal B.C. Museum, Clifford Carl Hall on the ground floor WHEN: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 11 This marks the 16th year that a team of local police officers will cycle the length of Vancouver Island in support of the Canadian Cancer Society’s fight against childhood…Details
Suddenly, it’s over. After two weeks, 1,100 kilometres, 27 communities and $1.1 million, the 2012 Tour de Rock is done, nothing left but aching muscles and a lifetime of memories. But before the 17 riders dismounted for the last time at Centennial Square, they were treated to a day of moving, humbling, uplifting displays of…Details
Sheldon Crawford here from the military police at CFB Esquimalt. For the past week, fellow Tour De Rock rider Niki Hodgkinson has been ranting and raving about how our stop at Oak Bay High would be something we would never forget. She wasn’t wrong. The atmosphere was electric as we entered the school gymnasium (we…Details
Bob McDonald’s motivation for doing the Tour de Rock was waiting for him at John Stubbs School on Wednesday. When the team rolled into Colwood, there was his granddaughter Lochlyn. “Lochlyn is my personal reason for riding,” said Bob. The five-year-old was born with Costello’s syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. Along with heart, lung, kidney…Details
Kyle Roy here from the Victoria Police Department. This was a busy day: Chemainus, Lake Cowichan and Duncan, more than 80 kilometres in all, with plenty of chances to meet the people of those communities. But what I would like to reflect on today was something that happened during Monday’s red serge dinner at the…Details
Hi, I’m Jose Bingham from the Victoria Police Department and Tour de Rock rider No.1. Today’s leg of the tour wasn’t terribly long — it started in Nanaimo and ended in Chemainus with several stops along the way — but it held memories we’ll never forget. I was especially touched during a community event at…Details
Hi, I’m Steve Martindale from Sooke RCMP and Tour de Rock rider No. 9. Today’s adventure started in Ucluelet, where we woke up after having the most amazing dinner donated by Mark Chandler and the Rocky Mountain Food Group. We got on our bikes in the early morning and headed to our next destination, Tofino.…Details
The one thing Erin Glazier knew for sure Saturday morning — before Sutton Pass, before Hydro Hill, before any of the other three dozen climbs on the roller coaster road from Port Alberni to Ucluelet — was that the day, and the pain of the 110-kilometre ride, would eventually end. Kids with cancer don’t enjoy…Details
Hi, it’s Cory Moore, one of the Tour de Rock riders from Victoria Police. Today’s ride was known as “Hump Day.” This title has dual meaning. First, today marked the halfway point before we reach the Greater Victoria area, with the culmination of our adventure taking place Oct. 5 at Spirit Square. Second, it referred…Details
Hi, it’s Kyle Slavin, the Tour de Rock rider from Black Press, here again. You quickly learn on Tour what the best way is to get you pumped and ready in the morning. For some it’s a hot shower, for some it’s a great meal and for others it’s a good cry that reminds you…Details
Steve Martindale here from the Sooke RCMP. Wednesday’s journey was a 60-kilometre ride from Campbell River (where the kids at Ecole Willow Point woke us up with an amazing cheer) to Courtenay. Now, perhaps I should not share this, but after already doing over 300 kilometres, the area you sit on begins to get a…Details
Kyle Slavin here from Black Press. I’m one of the two media riders on the Tour de Rock team. “You won’t remember any of the biking when you’re on Tour.” One of our trainers told our team that way back in the early days of prepping for this journey we’re taking. I found it hard…Details
Know what put power back in the cyclists’ legs at the end of a hard, 140-kilometre day? The sight of their names on placards fixed to telephone poles, one after another, on the approach to Sayward. The little village on Kelsey Bay always shows up for the Cops For Cancer in a big way,…Details
Shaving your head for the Cops For Cancer is a big step for anyone. For a teenage girl, it’s a leap across the Grand Canyon. Yet there were Hannah Miner and Skye Kervin on Sunday, losing their locks in Port Hardy’s Carrot Park. That takes a humbling kind of courage. Skye, 15, and Hannah, 14,…Details
Funny how you look at the highway differently when your plan is to cycle, not drive, the length of Vancouver Island. Convoying up to Port Alice from Victoria on Saturday, it was the road, not the saltwater-and-cedar scenery, that grabbed many riders’ attention: Few potholes, good. No rumble strips, good. But oh look at those…Details
More from the News Bulletin on our northern Mounties: http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/151561325.html
Nanaimo News Bulletin on Chris Fernandes: http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/151201935.html
Nanaimo News Bulletin on Norm Smith: http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/news/151192755.html
Where: Royal B.C. Museum, Clifford Carl Hall on the ground floor When: Saturday, May 12, 1-3 p.m. What: Meet this year’s Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock team. This marks the 15th year that a team of local police officers will cycle the length of Vancouver Island in support of the Canadian Cancer…Details
So, after two weeks, 1,000-plus kilometres, 27 communities, one minor crash, two potluck suppers, one howling sou’easter, 37 school visits, a few million ibuprofen and, most importantly, $1.5 million raised for the fight against childhood cancer, it’s over. The 2011 Canadian Cancer Society Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock came to an end at 5…Details
Rider Stephanie McFarlane with a recap of Day 13: When you are out in the elements all day, every day for two weeks, you pay close attention to the weather forecast. A lot of the team’s conversations during the Tour de Rock have involved speculation about rain and what gear to wear. Thursday’s weather did…Details
Wednesday was a tough, but inspiring, day for the riders. Tough in that the combination of the Malahat and the climb to Sooke strains the legs, particularly when the rain falls. Inspiring in that this day was all about the unbridled enthusiasm of youth. Among the highlights: • The hair fell and the spirits soared…Details
Tuesday offered a good, busy exploration of the Cowichan Valley, the riders pinballing between schools and community events. Wednesday will be a day that taxes the cyclists. Not particularly long, at 78 kilometres, but riding from Duncan to Shawnigan Lake to Mill Bay to Sooke offers enough hills, including the Malahat, to remind you that…Details
Rider Stephanie McFarlane here. We’ll get to Monday, but first let me tell you about something that happened Sunday when the team began the day by cycling from Ucluelet to Tofino. The weather was cold but clear and we were treated to beautiful glimpses of Long Beach and the mighty Pacific Ocean waves on our…Details
What made the loss of little Callum Brown particularly hard to take was that it was so unexpected, so sudden, to those who only knew him from his smile. When the Tour de Rock ended in Victoria last October, there he was scampering around the stage at Centennial Square, delighting the riders with the look…Details
Louise Hartland here from CTV Vancouver Island. I’m one of the media riders on the tour. Late last night my parents decided to surprise me and come to Port Alberni to cheer our team along the road to Ucluelet — arguably the toughest leg of our two-week tour. This was meaningful for a number of…Details
Hi, this is Alvin Deo from VicPD again, and thanks for reading my story. I can’t start writing about today’s ride without mentioning Thursday night’s event in Parksville. It was an emotional one. Several ex-riders shared their Tour de Rock experiences about family members and junior riders who have passed on. Our own Bill Peppy…Details
Rider Stephanie McFarlane’s recap of Day 6… Dawn broke cold and crisp this morning as we tuned up our road bikes in the parking lot of beautiful Crown Isle Resort in Courtenay. Like a pre-game ritual, team members wiped down bikes, stretched sore muscles, checked brake pads and shared morning hugs. Support vehicles and motorcycles…Details
Const. Steve Trevor has been in the Comox Valley RCMP detachment for seven years. James Matsuda, who has lived in Courtenay since 1986, is an auxiliary member there. Both have long histories volunteering for Tour de Rock events, but it was this year that the fight against childhood cancer struck particularly close to home. Griffyn…Details
A much more civilized ride for the riders today — half the distance and only the last gasp of the February-in-September storm that toppled trees and knocked out electricity on Monday. (And kudos to the people of Sayward, who didn’t let the power outage prevent them from throwing a terrific potluck dinner in the community…Details
Alvin Deo here from the Victoria Police and the 2011 Tour de Rock team. Sssooo, wwwaaayy back at the beginning of March, we had our first training ride, which was a short little jaunt from the Saanich Police Department to Mattick’s Farm. It rained for a small portion of that ride. Nothing substantial, but enough…Details
Want to know why the riders ride? Look no further than Carmin Blomberg. It feels as though we have watched her grow up. The Victoria girl is 16 now, but has been on the Tour de Rock junior team since age five. That’s how old she was the first time she went to Camp Goodtimes,…Details
The rain gods smiled unexpectedly, Aaron Murray lost his hair, and Ryder, the Tour de Rock’s new mascot, scared off a couple of black bears who had never seen an eight-foot-tall raccoon before. Finally, after seven months of training, the 2011 Tour de Rock team is on the road. Sunday was the first day of…Details
DAY 1 — Saturday, Sept. 24 — drive to Port Alice Three cheers for the volunteers. And thank heaven for Port Alice. The nervous, eager-to-start Tour de Rock riders rolled into the northern Vancouver Island community Saturday with raindrops on their heads and butterflies in their stomachs — only to have the butterflies replaced with…Details
Of the more than 200 police officers who have pulled on the Tour de Rock jersey, few have begun the ride with such an intimate knowledge of cancer as Steve Robinson. The Saanich constable embarks on the two-week, 1,000-kilometre bicycle journey this Saturday just 2 1/2 years after his own diagnosis with the disease. When…Details
Junior rider Daisy Irwin’s story: http://www.bclocalnews.com/tour-de-rock/129831718.html
Black Press on our Campbell River rider: http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_south/victorianews/community/126801438.html
Sandi, Manon and Rod explain the Tour: http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_south/victorianews/community/126325113.html
Want to know why the riders ride? Look no farther than Louise’s story on Baby Molly: http://www.youtube.com/ANewsVanIsland#p/u/4/WGOULwPTJdE
First part of Louise Hartland’s ‘A’ News report on Camp Goodtimes: http://www.youtube.com/ANewsVanIsland#p/u/0/d1caK82CCKc
On July 17, the team sweated and grunted its way up Mount Washington — a steep, 20-kilometre climb — before paying a special visit to a man in Comox. Check out the story in the Comox Valley Record. http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_north/comoxvalleyrecord/news/125989073.html#disqus_thread
Black Press talks to Sandra Holman and Chris Bush: http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_south/victorianews/community/126030173.html
CFB Esquimalt’s The Lookout talks to Mary Brigham: http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/top-stories.php?id=507