Tour de Rock cruises through Cowichan

The folks from the Beverly Corners Show and Shine raised $1,500 for the Tour de Rock. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
It’s all smiles and no hair during a head shave at the Beverly Corners community stop on Tuesday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Riders accept a cheque from Coast Capital at the Beverly Corners community stop on Tuesday afternoon. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
North Cowichan/Duncan Const. Dayne Lyons chats with his co-workers at the Beverly Corners community stop on Tuesday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tour de Rock Riders line up to visit with staff, students and parents at Palsson Elementary in Lake Cowichan Tuesday. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Junior Rider Jaxon joins Tour de Rock in Lake Cowichan. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tour de Rock Riders line up to visit with staff, students and parents at Palsson Elementary in Lake Cowichan Tuesday. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Principal “Baldy” of Lake Cowichan Secondary School has his head shaved in front of a packed gymnasium. (Tour de Rock photo)

Powered by grit, determination, and the clapping hands of hundreds upon hundreds of schoolchildren, the members of the 2019 Tour de Rock bike team powered their way through the Cowichan Valley Tuesday, on Day 11 of their the 14-day Island-wide ride.

SEE RELATED: Cowichan Mountie, paramedics among 2019 Tour de Rock riders

The first responders and support crew began the day in Chemainus and by mid morning they were at Lake Cowichan School for a visit and an early lunch.

At 11:40 a.m., the riders were greeted by the cheers of the staff, students, and parents at Palsson Elementary in Lake Cowichan.

Together they did the Camp Goodtimes Cheer: “How do we feel!? We feel, awesome, awesome, very awesome! Wooh!” and before long the bike wheels were rolling off again to the next stop.

After a quick visit to Purica, the 2019 Tour de Rock team made stops at Tansor, Drinkwater, Queen Margaret’s and Maple Bay schools before one of the day’s longer community stops — Beverly Corners — where there was a party going on hosted by Coast Capital and Thrifty Foods.

Donations were received there from the Beverly Corners Show N’ Shine group, Cowichan Fish and Game, Coast Capital, and more. Heads were shaved, hot dogs were consumed and the pipers piped.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Const. Dayne Lyons is riding with the team this year and his watch was on shift as the cyclists arrived at Beverly Corners.

“I do want to give a special shout out to all the members from the North Cowichan detachment that came out to support me today… I’m very happy that they could cheer us all on today,” Lyons told the crowd before giving a special acknowledgment to guest rider Simon Douthwaite.

“He’s not a first responder…He’s the reason why we’re doing this event. He’s the reason why that we roll around the entire Island raising money for kids with cancer,” Lyons said. “Simon is the father of two beautiful young little girls and they are junior riders for the Tour de Rock, one of which is a cancer survivor. It’s for Simon and for kids like his that we are doing this event, to raise money to make sure that parents like him with kids like his don’t have to go through what they do.”

The riders then attended an event at Shawnigan Lake school before a special community dinner at the Eagles Hall in Duncan ended their busy day.

The following day saw the team leave the Cowichan Valley after stops at École Cobble Hill, Shawnigan Lake School, George Bonner Elementary, Thrifty Foods in Mill Bay Centre.

The Tour de Rock team is riding their bicycles more than 1,000 kilometres from tip to tip of Vancouver Island, all in two weeks, to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research and to help send kids to camp.



sarah.simpson@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATED: Cowichan Valley woman files sexual harassment suit against former Mountie

Burkett is also being sued by two other women for sexual harassment

Provincial program aims to keep hazelnuts growing

The goal is to replace trees and establish new orchards with disease-resistant varieties

VIDEO: Talented quartet comes to Duncan for International Guitar Night Jan. 23

Guitarists from England, Turkey, Hawaii, and Finland present stunning, creative event

Coming up in Cowichan: Get your raffle tickets; dementia workshop

Get your Search & Rescue raffle tickets Supporting Royal Canadian Marine Search… Continue reading

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

Power lines cut as thieves strike Vancouver Island veterinary hospital

‘Thankfully there weren’t any animals or staff in the clinic when this happened’

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Vancouver Island Pride weekend returns to Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Building on the success of last year’s family-friendly pride festival on Vancouver… Continue reading

Scarlett Point lighthouse keeper wins a million bucks playing the lottery

“I usually just get a quick pick, so I didn’t expect to win a big prize”

B.C. woman crowned the fastest female marathon runner in Canadian history

Malindi Elmore ran an incredible 2:24:50 at the Houston Marathon

Most Read