Tour rides into town tomorrow

Excitement is building across the city as the 2011 Tour de Rock’s visit to Nanaimo draws near.

Nanaimo RCMP Const. Sandi Holman

Nanaimo RCMP Const. Sandi Holman

Excitement is building across the city as the 2011 Tour de Rock’s visit to Nanaimo draws near.

The riders arrive Sunday (Oct. 2) afternoon and will take part in a fundraising dinner at Beban Park Social Centre. Doors open at 5  p.m.

The riders then make a series of stops in Nanaimo Monday (Oct. 3) starting at Coast Capital Credit Union on Aulds Road at 10 a.m. and Nanaimo North Town Centre shortly after.

The mall is hosting a Tour de Rock celebration from 10-11 a.m. The public can enjoy a continental breakfast, music by the Wellington Secondary School jazz band and enter to win prizes.

“We’re really excited,” said Cheryl Campbell, Nanaimo North Town Centre Marketing manager. “It’s the first time we’ve sponsored a stop, so that part will be exciting.”

The tour continues with stops at Coastal Community Credit Union’s Bowen Road branch at 10:40 a.m. and the White Spot on Terminal Avenue at 11:15 a.m. Downtown’s Diana Krall Plaza is the final destination in Nanaimo with food and entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Follow the ride: Keep up with the 2011 Tour de Rock on Black Press’s special webpage  at www.bclocalnews.com/tour-de-rock/ (scan the QR code above with you mobile device to take you there), which includes fresh stories from each community the tour passes through, a public Flickr photo gallery, videos, links to other Tour de Rock pages, as well as Chris Bush’s blog and ways to donate. Bush is also on Twitter (@chrisbushtdr or follow #tourderock) and has been busy tweeting and blogging (http://blogs.bclocalnews.com/bushsblog/).