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DAY 13: GREATER VICTORIA AND FINALE

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…

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DAY 10: CHEMAINUS TO DUNCAN

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…

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DAY 9: NANAIMO TO LADYSMITH

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…

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DAY 8: TOFINO TO PARKSVILLE AND NANAIMO

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…

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DAY 7: PORT ALBERNI TO UCLUELET AND TOFINO

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…

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DAY 6: PARKSVILLE TO PORT ALBERNI

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…

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DAY 4: CAMPBELL RIVER TO THE COMOX VALLEY

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…

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DAY 3: SAYWARD TO CAMPBELL RIVER

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…

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DAY 2: PORT MCNEILL TO WOSS AND SAYWARD

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,…

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TOUR DE ROCK IN THE NEWS

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…

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Port Alice Does it Again

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…

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TOUR DE ROCK COLOURING CONTEST!

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…

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DAY 13: GREATER VICTORIA AND FINALE

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…

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DAY 12: GREATER VICTORIA

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…

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DAY TEN: CHEMAINUS TO DUNCAN

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…

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DAY NINE: NANAIMO TO CHEMAINUS

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…

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DAY 8: UCLUELET TO NANAIMO

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…

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DAY 7: PORT ALBERNI TO UCLUELET

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…

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DAY 6: PARKSVILLE TO PORT ALBERNI

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…

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DAY 4: CAMPBELL RIVER TO THE COMOX VALLEY

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…

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MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE TOUR DE ROCK

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…

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DAY 3: SAYWARD TO CAMPBELL RIVER

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…

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DAY 2: PORT MCNEILL TO WOSS AND SAYWARD

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…

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THANK YOU, PORT ALICE!

  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…

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TOUR DE ROCK 2015 ANNOUNCES TEAM MEMBERS

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…

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REMEMBERING SGT. MIKE LAWLESS

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…

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TOUR DE ROCK FINALE IN THE NEWS

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…

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KATIE DEROSA: Journey of a lifetime comes to an end

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…

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THANK YOU, VANCOUVER ISLAND!

$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…

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MEDIA COVERAGE AS TOUR DE ROCK’S END NEARS

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…

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DAY 12: SAANICH, OAK BAY AND THE PENINSULA

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…

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TOUR DE ROCK (BEHIND THE SCENES) FROM CTV VANCOUVER ISLAND

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…

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DAY 11: SHAWNIGAN LAKE TO THE WEST SHORE AND SOOKE

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…

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DAY 10: CHEMAINUS TO DUNCAN

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,…

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DAY 9: NANAIMO TO CHEMAINUS

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…

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DAY 8: CRASH AND MEDICAL UPDATE

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…

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DAY 8: TOFINO AND NANAIMO

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…

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DAY 7: PORT ALBERNI TO UCLUELET (PART 2)

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…

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DAY 7 – PORT ALBERNI TO UCLUELET

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…

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DAY 6: PARKSVILLE TO PORT ALBERNI

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…

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DAY FOUR: CAMPBELL RIVER TO THE COMOX VALLEY

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…

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KATIE DEROSA: Five-year-old Natalia gives us strength

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,…

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TOUR DE ROCK IN THE NEWS…

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…

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DAY THREE: SAYWARD TO CAMPBELL RIVER

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…

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DAY TWO: PORT MCNEILL TO SAYWARD

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…

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KATIE DEROSA: Tight-knit team begins tough, emotional ride

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…

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TOUR SEND-OFF AND PORT ALICE

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…

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TOUR DE ROCK COVERAGE

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…

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TOUR DE ROCK AND THE SCHOOL STRIKE

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…

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ONE WEEK TO GO…

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…

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TOUR DE ROCK AND THE TEACHERS’ STRIKE

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…

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KATIE DEROSA’S TOUR DE ROCK BLOG

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…

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DAY 14 COVERAGE FROM CTV

CTV Vancouver Island had reporters out and about in Greater Victoria covering the Tour de Rock’s final day, plus plenty of live coverage of the finale in Spirit Square. See the complete video here.

DAY 13 COVERAGE FROM CTV

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.

DAY 11: CHEMAINUS TO COWICHAN VALLEY

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…

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DAY TEN: NANAIMO TO CHEMAINUS

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…

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DAY NINE: UCLUELET TO TOFINO; PARKSVILLE TO NANAIMO

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…

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DAY EIGHT: PORT ALBERNI TO UCLUELET

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,…

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DAY SEVEN: PARKSVILLE TO PORT ALBERNI

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…

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PROUD IN PARKSVILLE

Oceanside RCMP’s Jesse Foreman and the rest of the team got an enthusiastic welcome in Parksville and Qualicum Beach. Read the Parksville Qualicum Beach News story here.

DAY SIX: COURTENAY TO PARKSVILLE

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…

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DAY FIVE: CAMPBELL RIVER TO COURTENAY

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…

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DAY FOUR: SAYWARD TO CAMPBELL RIVER

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,…

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MOLLY CAMPBELL AND MADRONA FUENTES FROM CTV

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…

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CTV IN PORT ALICE AND PORT HARDY

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…

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DAY THREE: PORT McNEILL TO SAYWARD

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…

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DAY TWO: PORT ALICE TO PORT MCNEILL

  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…

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DAY ONE: PORT ALICE

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…

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MIKE FACES HIS OWN FIGHT

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…

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READY TO ROCK

After seven months of training, the 2013 Tour de Rock team is ready to roll. The 21 riders pull out of the parking lot by the Admirals Walk shopping centre just before 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Read the Black Press story here

 

THE LAST PRACTICE

“This feels like finishing treatment,” writes rider and childhood cancer survivor Jennifer Faerber after completing the last hill night of the year. Read her thoughts here.

BUSY TIMES FOR RAY

Looks like a busy month for rider Ray Carfantan, who will be taking over the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment after the Tour de Rock. Read the Cowichan News Leader’s story here.

THE LONGEST RIDE

Jennifer Faerber writes about Sunday’s 140-kilometre training ride from Saanich to Jordan River and back — and about her  junior riders. Check it out here.

MOUNTIE RIDES FOR HER SON

This year’s Tour de Rock team includes RCMP member Misty Dmytar, whose two-year-old son Griffyn was diagnosed with cancer when he was just four days old. Read their story here, written by former Tour rider Chris Bush.

CHALLENGING THE CHIEF (IN A GOOD WAY)

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…

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CTV COVERS THE LAUNCH

CTV Vancouver Island was at the Royal B.C. Museum on May 11 when the riders got their bikes from the Trek Bicycle Store and their Coast Capital training jerseys. Check out the story at the 7:18 mark here.

COME MEET THE TEAM

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…

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DAY 14: THE FINALE

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…

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DAY 13: GREATER VICTORIA TO SIDNEY

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…

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DAY 12: DUNCAN TO SOOKE/WEST SHORE

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…

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DAY 11: CHEMAINUS TO DUNCAN

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…

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DAY 10: NANAIMO TO CHEMAINUS

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…

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DAY NINE: UCLUELET TO NANAIMO

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.…

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DAY EIGHT: PORT ALBERNI TO UCLUELET

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…

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DAY SEVEN: PARKSVILLE TO PORT ALBERNI

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…

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DAY SIX: COURTENAY TO PARKSVILLE

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…

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DAY FIVE: CAMPBELL RIVER TO COURTENAY

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…

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DAY FOUR: SAYWARD TO CAMPBELL RIVER

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…

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DAY THREE: PORT MCNEILL TO SAYWARD

  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,…

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DAY TWO: PORT ALICE TO PORT MCNEILL

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,…

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DAY ONE: AND THEY’RE OFF

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…

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COME MEET THE TEAM

  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…

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Day 2, Part II – Carmin and Camp

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,…

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DAY 1 – Drive to Port Alice

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…

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Tour team ready to launch

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…

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