Four local riders among team named for 2014 Tour de Rock
With four riders from the Comox Valley prepared to tackle 1,200 kilometres of Vancouver Island roads to raise money for pediatric cancer research, the 2014 Tour de Rock team has chosen its 24 members.
After receiving 32 applications, the team was finalized last week and will begin fundraising from now until Oct. 3 when it wraps up its ride of the Island in Victoria.
Matthew Pidgeon of CFB Comox, Cst. Colleen Henry, Aux. Cst. Chris Kippel and Cst. Andrea Folk of the Comox Valley RCMP are representing the Valley on the team, which will see riders pass through more than 50 schools on their way from Port Alice, west to Tofino and south to Victoria.
Since 1998, Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock has raised close to $20 million dollars, which has gone towards research and enabling kids to attend Camp Goodtimes on the Lower Mainland.
Last year, 53 schools participated in fundraising for the Tour and raised $280,000.