Meet Your 2019 Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock Team!

This group of dedicated first responders, media personalities and special guests have been training since the beginning of March to take part in Vancouver Island’s 2019 Tour de Rock team. 2019 marks the 22nd year of the Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, and we are excited to celebrate this with Vancouver Island!

Military Police - CBF Comox

Media, CTV Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Currency Trader, Father of 2 Junior Riders

Saanich Police

Victoria Airport Authority Fire

Oceanside RCMP - Parksville

Victoria Police

BC Ambulance - Ladysmith

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP

Nanaimo RCMP

CFB Esquimalt Fire

Westshore RCMP

Saanich Police

Oak Bay Police

BC Ambulance, Mill Bay

Deputy Minister and Deputy Solicitor at the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General

Military Police, MPU Esquimalt

View Royal Fire

Victoria Police

Retired RCMP, Campbell River

Since 1998, 330 police officers have been named to the Tour de Rock team, along with 52 others, including childhood cancer survivors, longtime volunteers, fire fighters, paramedics 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.