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A rolling good time: Cyclists hit the streets for 11th Tour de Victoria

A rolling good time: Cyclists hit the streets for 11th Tour de Victoria

Saturday brought “perfect weather for cycling,” drawing thousands downtown for the annual event. Riders head out from the B.C. legislature for the 60- and 100-kilometre…

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Saturday brought “perfect weather for cycling,” drawing thousands downtown for the annual event. Riders head out from the B.C. legislature for the 60- and 100-kilometre rides in the Tour de Victoria on Saturday. About 2,250 people took part in this year’s event, organizers say. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST Cyclists took over Greater Victoria Saturday during the 11th iteration of Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria, a regional choose-your-own adventure event for cyclists of all ages and abilities.

“We had perfect weather for cycling. It wasn’t too hot there wasn’t that much wind,” said event director and Olympic cyclist Seamus McGrath. “The elderly participate in our rides … and people as young as two years old. They’re all out there, having the same experience on a bike, supporting each other.”

Roughly 2,250 people participated in this year’s event, with cyclists choosing from 10 different routes ranging from kids rides to a 160-kilometre circuit. All routes started and ended near the B.C. legislature building, where a portion of Belleville Street was turned into a post-ride beer and burger garden.

“It was huge success in our eyes,” McGrath said. “The participant feedback was incredible.”

By 3 p.m., speakers were blasting Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive while cyclists enjoyed their pints and participation medals.

Nicole Martens was finishing some french fries after completing her first-ever 100-kilometre ride.

“It was a lot of hills,” she said with a laugh. “I had really good support from the family, and other riders were so wonderful. It’s very encouraging, people build each other up.”Martens […]

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