Meet Your 2017 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock Team!

This group of dedicated police officers, media personalities and special guests have been training since the beginning of March to take part in Vancouver Island’s 2017 Cops for Cancer team. 2017 marks the 20th year of the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, and we are excited to celebrate this with Vancouver Island!

Virginia Bessette

Campbell River RCMP

Matthew Best

Military Police Unit Esquimalt

Jill Bonnet

RCMP Island District Headquarters

David Boyce

Port Alberni RCMP

Sandra Boyd

Vista Radio's 1240 Coast AM in Port Hardy

Cole Brewer

West Shore RCMP

David Brown

View Royal Fire Rescue

Samantha Caram

Nanaimo RCMP

Ashley Cockle

Victoria Police Department

Chelsea Cofield

Saanich Police Department

Chris Day

CFB Esquimalt Fire Rescue

Jonathan de Boer

Saanich Police Department

Dirk Finkensiep

Comox Valley RCMP

Kevin Flood

Nanaimo RCMP

Mike Gonzalez

Old Spaghetti Factory

Mark Hendren

Saanich Police Department

Ryan Hendren

BC Ambulance Service

Arnold Lim

Black Press & 2013 Alumni Rider

Marcel Midlane

Ucluelet RCMP

Beth O’Connor

Port Alberni RCMP

Glen Polson

BC Ambulance Service

Lindy Skutnik

Community of Ladysmith

Kris Wood

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP

Marc Yeon

Military Police Unit Comox

Since 1998, 314 police officers have been named to the Tour de Rock team, along with 44 others, including childhood cancer survivors, longtime volunteers and members of the media who tell our story.

A new team is picked every year, and historically, only one person has ridden the Tour de Rock more than once. The men and women named to the Tour de Rock each year sacrifice a lot of their time during the seven months of their Tour experience. On top of fundraising, team members train on their bikes three days a week — hill night, speed nights and long-distance endurance rides — to help prepare the team for the physical demands of the 1,100-kilometre, two-week ride.

What is harder to prepare for is the emotional side of the journey. Tour de Rock team members are paired with members of our Junior Rider team, a group of Vancouver Island children who have a history of cancer. Some of them are currently fighting the disease and others are fortunately in remission, while there are also Junior Riders who are the sibling of a child who has lost their battle with cancer. The stories of the Junior Riders are both troubling and inspiring for the Tour de Rock team.