Ryder Hesjedal’s annual Tour de Victoria shifts gears to attract more children.
Although the event will attract nearly 2,000 riders on October 2nd, organizers have added three new routes to the free Kids Ride to include hundreds more younger participants.
“The purpose of our children’s rides is to introduce young riders to cycling in a fun, non-competitive, safe and traffic-free environment,” said Ride Director Seamus McGrath in a news release. “If you make the cycling experience enjoyable from the start, hopefully the kids will come back year after year as they progress with their riding.”
Capital Bikes, which came on board this year as the title sponsor for Kids Ride, offers additional support in the planning and logistics of the implementation of the three events for kids with different kinds of bikes.
“We’re excited to be part of the Kids Ride this year,” said Sarah Frumento, Event Coordinator at Capital Bikes. “Any opportunity to expand our reach for safe and fun riding is wonderful, and our volunteers look forward to seeing all of these young riders who may be enjoying their first cycle race.”
One of the three new events is Ryder’s Striders, which is designed for young riders on balance bikes and newcomers to the pedals. It is played on a circuit of one to three laps on Belleville Street, with each lap covering 400 meters.
Ryder’s Mini Club is aimed at young riders on pedal bikes. The outward and return route is 1.1 km long, with the group waiting and walking back together for a total of 3.1 km.
The Terry Fox Monument Ride is designed for confident, competent cyclists who are ready to challenge themselves. The trip includes the Terry Fox Memorial on Dallas Road as a turning point and covers a total of 4 miles.
Children receive a finisher medal and a pizza from Hothouse Pizza when they register for the ride, and there is a bouncy castle and an inflatable obstacle course at the finish ceremony.
Parents are invited and encouraged to take their children to all children’s events.
Ryder Hesjedals Tour de Victoria was launched in 2011 by local equestrian legend Ryder Hesjedal, who has received numerous Canadian and international awards throughout his career. The event, which began in 2011, is presented by Scotiabank and organized by the Ryders Cycling Society of Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting cycling across the country.
The event is aimed at riders of all ages and abilities, with distances of 160, 140, 100, 60, 45, 30 and 15 km in addition to the kids rides.
This year’s event also features some exciting new changes to some routes.
To sign up or for more information, go to http://www.tourdevictoria.com/.
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