Tour de Rock in Nanaimo, off to Ladysmith

The 2011 Tour de Rock riders barely caught their breath in Nanaimo before they were off on the road again.

Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders arrive at Nanaimo North Town Centre Monday morning to a crowd of cheering supporters. Monday marked the ninth day of the 14-day tour

Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock riders arrive at Nanaimo North Town Centre Monday morning to a crowd of cheering supporters. Monday marked the ninth day of the 14-day tour



The 2011 Tour de Rock riders barely caught their breath in Nanaimo before they were off on the road again.

The riders arrived to a warm welcome Sunday, taking part in a fundraising community dinner at Beban Park.

Monday the team was up early for breakfast at the Woodgrove White Spot before heading over to Nanaimo North Town Centre for a series of presentations.

From there the riders cruised through the city to Diana Krall Plaza downtown, where a large crowd gathered to salute their arrival. The riders and support crew spent roughly 90 minutes fuelling up on lunch, shaving a few heads and accepting more donations from the community.

Nanaimo riders Chris Bush, representing Black Press and the Nanaimo News Bulletin as a media rider, and Const. Sandi Holman, of Nanaimo RCMP, also presented plaques of appreciation to a number of ride sponsors.

Bush said the riders continue to feel strong despite the many challenges of the route. Riding into Nanaimo Sunday provided a few special moments for him personally.

“That was pretty cool – a lot of people out,” he said. “Somebody yelled at me, ‘Welcome home Chris.’ … It’s a pretty good feeling.”

From Nanaimo, the Tour de Rock is heading south the Ladysmith, where the riders will take part in a Red Serge community dinner, and Chemainus, where they’ll spend the night.