A small crew of six Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock alumni riders pause for a quick break and a spot of sunshine at MacKenzie Beach on Saturday before powering off to Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)

A small crew of six Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock alumni riders pause for a quick break and a spot of sunshine at MacKenzie Beach on Saturday before powering off to Ucluelet. (Nora O’Malley photo)

West Coast celebrates Tour de Rock 2020 alumni riders

“The goal for this year is just to keep the magic alive.”

Donning cycling spandex and yellow bandanas as facemasks, Amanda McCrae and Gaylene Thorogood made fleeting appearances in Tofino and Ucluelet on Saturday with a small crew of four other Tour de Rock riders.

Due to COVID-19, the annual Cops for Cancer ride took a major detour from the usual jammed packed schedule of community stops and events, but it carried on none-the-less.

“It’s different this year for sure. It’s different without the kids and it’s different without all the crowds, but we’re making it work,” said Thorogood, who was of the 2016 Tour de Rock Team.

Tofino paramedic and firefighter Amanda McCrae, a member of the 2018 team, said the goal for this year is just to keep the magic alive.

“Through everything, life still happens for kids with cancer. They are still going through the most difficult time of their life, so we just want to be there to support them and raise a bit of money. Hopefully next year we are back to the normal tour and things are a bit more normal,” said McCrae.

All the riders to participate in the 2020 Tour de Ride are alumni. McCrae said they trimmed down the riding groups and everyone is trying to stick within their communities as well.

“All the riders have done this before. It’s great to see familiar faces and be part of such a great thing,” said McCrae during a quick photo shoot and rest stop on Mackenzie Beach.

“It’s good to see some old teammates,” Thorogood re-iterated.

After leaving Mackenzie at around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, the Alumni Cops for Cancer team continued on to Ucluelet for a brief stop at the Fire Hall and then on Sunday they continued south towards Nanaimo. The 2020 Tour de Rock ride finishes in Victoria on Oct. 2.



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