Tour de Rock riders tackle rehearsal ride

The Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team will be on the road this Sunday (Aug. 14) for a “dress rehearsal” mock tour.

The Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team will be on the road this Sunday (Aug. 14) for a dress rehearsal mock tour.

A fully escorted training ride with support crew, police cars and motorcycles, the entire 2011 team will pedal its way on the Island Highway from Nanaimo to Duncan and back.

Leaving from Nanaimo North Town Centre at 10 a.m., the team will take about two hours to reach Duncan.

Riders will stop for lunch and a meet and greet then depart for the trip back to Nanaimo at 1:15 p.m.

Training rides are becoming longer and more challenging as the team edges closer to the beginning of the tour.

Three weeks ago team members rode nearly 20 kilometres uphill to Mount Washington in the Comox Valley.

Next Sunday, Aug. 21, the team will do a long-distance ride, between 150 and 160 kilometres around the Saanich Peninsula.

The 2011 Tour de Rock Team is comprised of police officers from CFB Esquimalt, Comox, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Oceanside, Port Alberni and Westshore RCMP detachments and Saanich, Victoria and Oak Bay municipal police departments.  The team is complimented by three media riders from A News, KOOL FM and News Bulletin photographer Chris Bush.

More information on the 2011 Tour de Rock team members is available on their Facebook fan pages or make a donation to support them individually at www.copsforcancerbc.ca.