Dora Ellis, a well-known talented cyclist in the Comox Valley, has decided to hang up her cycling cleats at the age of 81.
She generously donated her many cycling jerseys for the Cross-Canada Cycle Tour Society’s Hub and Spoke event in June. With her donation and other contributions the auction raised an amazing $663, which Dora is donating to the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition to support the Safe Cycling Education programs the coalition offers in the District Elementary schools.
Dora came to serious cycling at the age of 60 when she joined the Comox Valley Cycle Club and quickly demonstrated her amazing abilities. Over the following years she proved time and time again to be a fearsome competitor. She earned 74 medals over 21 years in B.C. Masters Cycling events, Seniors Games and the Comox Tri-K.
Dora has also been a committed member of the Cross Canada Cycle Tour Society since February 1997.
She energetically supported the local Comox Valley group and participated in 11 tours (including those to Cuba, New Zealand, Hawaii, Arizona and Washington State) and 15 Hub and Spoke events.
Dora may not be out riding on the road now but she is still riding her road bike on an indoor trainer for exercise.
Her generous donation to support cycling education will encourage children who may wish to follow in her pedal strokes!