Ride on, Tour de Rock riders, ride on

Tour de Rock riders pull into the Comox Valley today, drenched, sore and weary from their journey down the Island that began Saturday in Port Alice.

Tour de Rock riders pull into the Comox Valley today, drenched, sore and weary from their journey down the Island that began Saturday in Port Alice.Nonetheless, they’ve got a busy schedule until they head out Thursday morning.After various appearances during the day, they will attend an annual fundraiser at Cumberland Junior School. Doors open at 5 p.m. and Tour de Rock riders arrive at 6:15.Crown Isle’s Wheels Up for Tour de Rock cocktail reception runs from 6 to 9. You can meet the riders, savour hors d’oeuvres, have fun and help to beat cancer. Tickets cost $35 at Crown Isle.The traditional community breakfast rally happens Thursday at Thrifty Foods in Courtenay from 7 to 9 a.m. You can enjoy breakfast, participate in or cheer on headshaves, and see the Tour de Rock riders off.They’re putting their bodies on the line in a demanding 1,000-kilometre end-to-end cycle of the Island. The least the rest of us can do is give them some moral support, and donate to the cause.It’s impossible to list more than a fraction of the many fundraisers to date, but we can’t overlook Dance de Rock, a weekend-long dance event at the Florence Filberg Centre.Helped by a donation of hair (and more than $9,000) from Record sales representative Cathy Snyder, Dance de Rock 2011 has raised $12,000 toward the Tour de Rock total so far.Comox District Co-op’s annual Tour de Rock car wash and barbecue recently raised nearly $1,600, easily bettering its goal of $1,000.Like the other riders, Comox Valley RCMP auxiliary constable James Matsuda and Const. Steve Trevor of the RCMP have donated their time to countless fundraisers in their home communities already.They keep up the frantic pace until their journey ends Oct. 7.You can follow their progress online at http://www.blackpress.ca/tour-de-rock. Black Press, one of the official Tour sponsors, has compiled a wealth of information there as well as a contest.Ride on, riders.editor@comoxvalleyrecord.com.

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