Mock Tour de Rock sets the stage for reality

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The real Cops For Cancer Tour de Rock is getting ready to hit the road again.

After two years of restricted touring due to COVID, the event’s 25th anniversary is back to the regular route and a full team of riders.

The tour begins in Port Alice on Saturday September 24th and winds through communities around Vancouver Island, concluding in Victoria on October 7th. Ladysmith and Chemainus stops are scheduled for Monday 3rd October.

There are no North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP drivers or EMS personnel in the Cowichan area this year.

A mock tour was held on Saturday 20th August to prepare riders for what lies ahead. It was a hot and long 130-kilometer excursion, but the riders pedaled hard, taking inspiration from children and families, honks, cheers, waves and generous support.

The mock tour started in Nanaimo at the Thrifty Foods location on Turner Road and made two stops in Ladysmith before stopping for lunch at the 49th Parallel Grocery in Chemainus.

Then it was back on the road to Duncan and a U-turn north to end up back on Turner Road in Nanaimo for dinner at Boston Pizza.

“The mock tour is our version of a dress rehearsal,” noted Simon Douthwaite, Cops for Cancer Specialist at the Canadian Cancer Society. “The team is looking forward to getting a feel for what it’s like to ride as a group with an escort and to visit some of our dedicated supporters during training community stops.”

After a tough few years, there’s growing excitement to see members of the Cops for Cancer team through the communities again. The Tour de Rock 2022 team consists of 20 police officers, first responders and guest riders.

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The equestrian group poses in front of the 49th Parallel Grocery. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

The mascot of the Tour de Rock gets involved.  (Photo by Art Carlyle)

The mascot of the Tour de Rock gets involved. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

Simon Douthwaite with Chemainu's 49th Parallel Grocery Manager Paul McGregor.  (Photo by Art Carlyle)

Simon Douthwaite with Chemainu’s 49th Parallel Grocery Manager Paul McGregor. (Photo by Art Carlyle)

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