Tour de North Team Trains
Prince George, B.C.- Over the next couple of months, the 31 riders who will take part in this year’s Tour de North Cops for Cancer ride, will be training and raising funds for their annual event.
Today 8 of the riders are making their way through Prince George to say thank you to their sponsors. The first stop was at Canadian Tire.
This is the first time dispatcher Amy Ballantyne has joined the team and is getting herself in shape for the ride .”I have been cycling each day doing the Ospika hill to try and get ready.” She says she wanted to be part of the Tour “Because it’s a great cause. ”
This is the 15th year for the ride, and will see the cyclists on the east to west route, starting from Prince George and wrapping up their ride in Prince Rupert.
The official start of the ride is September 16th, with the first leg of the Tour seeing riders cover 100 kilometres from Prince George to Vanderhoof. Over the course of the 7 days of the Tour, they will have covered 865 kilometres.
Over the past 14 years, the Cops for Cancer Tour de North has raised more than $2.3 million for paediatric cancer research and support services such as Camp Goodtimes, where children on a cancer journey can have some fun.
At least someone will use the bike lanes..
Using the term ” tour de North ” is a bit disingenuous as this is a not a sporting/race event . Good cause for sure but not the race which the Tour de France is . Perhaps one day we will have a tour de North race .
Isn’t it amazing? These folks don’t have to do this. These Mounties come out of depot with that Can-Do Spirit and 99% of them have a great career, they see things that would turn a lot of stomachs, and some of them have a tough time with it. I don’t think they get enough help, same as our veterans, but they persevere, and get on with it. I just thank God they’re there to help us all through the tough times, and I really don’t think they get enough recognition for the jobs they’re tasked to perform on our behalf.
Good to see them out there doing the ride, raising funds for cancer.
And I’m sure Cst. Pichler will be watching over them, keeping them safe on the ride he took with them in past years.
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