Back row (from left) - Trail Bicycles owner Jeff Beeston

Back row (from left) - Trail Bicycles owner Jeff Beeston

Tour de Rock training Trek up for grabs

Chris Kippel is done with his bike. You can have it. Really.

In a fundraising campaign for the Tour De Rock, local team rider Chris Kippel is raffling off his training bike.

“Between Boston Pizza and Lake Trail Bikes, they bought me the bike so I could train and practise for Tour de Rock before we got our official Tour de Rock bikes,” said Kippel. “Now I have (the TDR bike), so Boston Pizza will take this bike and raffle it off through the summer, with all the money going to Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock.”

The Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock raises money for pediatric cancer research and programs for children with a history of cancer. The Tour de Rock team cycles from one end of the Vancouver Island to the other, over 14 days in September and October, covering 1,000 kilometres.

This is the 17th year for the Tour de Rock, which has raised nearly $20 million for the cause, since its inaugural ride in 1998.

“There will be tickets to be purchased in-house for $5 apiece or three for $10,” said Boston Pizza bookkeeper Jackie Isenor. “They will be available from July 15 until Sept 23. The draw for the bike will take place Sept 24 at Boston Pizza as the riders make their way through town.”

“This is an awesome bike,” said Trail Bicycles owner Jeff Beeson. “It’s a Trek bike, which is the same type the guys are riding in the tour. It’s trek’s new design; the Domane. Super comfortable, and value-wise, with all the accessories, it’s close to $2,000.”

Kippel put roughly 1,000 kilometres on the bike, so there’s still a lot of life left.

“Oh, lots of miles to go on that,” said Beeson. “And we will offer one year’s worth of service as well.”

The bike will be on display all summer at the Cliffe Ave. Boston Pizza.

editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

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