Registration open for Boomer’s Bike Ride

Registration is open for the 2012 Boomer’s Bike Ride from Comox to Victoria on June 15 and 16.

Registration is open for the 2012 Boomer’s Bike Ride from Comox to Victoria on June 15 and 16.

Cyclists can register online at www.boomerslegacy.ca.

The bike ride is a fundraising event to support Boomer’s Legacy, a foundation created in 2006 to bring awareness to the Canadian Force’s efforts on deployed operations around the globe and to raise funds that soldiers, sailors and airmen and women can access to further help the people in communities where they serve.

“Each year we see more riders of all ages and fitness levels, military and civilian, that want to be part of the energy and enthusiasm that this event creates,” said founder Maureen Eykelenboom. “The Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride brings out the very best in everybody wanting to make a difference in the lives of others. It’s an experience that will have a profound impact on our cyclists for years to come.”

The two-day, 240-kilometre event begins on the Friday at Canadian Forces Base Comox and finishes at the Brigadier Sergeant Armoury in Nanaimo. On Saturday, cyclists will continue the ride, finishing in downtown Victoria. Hourly rest stops will be incorporated along the route to ensure riders are properly hydrated and fueled for the subsequent leg.

This is the sixth consecutive year for a ride. Boomer’s Bike Ride unofficially began in 2007 by one military member who rode from Victoria to Comox with the aim of building greater awareness of the Foundation.

Since then, Boomer’s Bike Ride has grown steadily in the number of participants, pledges and donations, adding more sponsors wishing to be part of this important cause. To date, Boomer’s Bike Rides have raised more than $125,000.

The Boomer’s Bike Ride also serves to honour military members who have given their lives while serving in Afghanistan. Each cyclist will ride in memory of two fallen soldiers, displaying a picture and bio on their bike.

This year, the annual cycling event has gone national with three additional rides taking place from coast to coast in Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia.

To register, make a pledge or to donate, visit www.boomerslegacy.ca. Route information and cyclist’s information package is available online.

— Boomer’s Legacy