Participants in the 24th annual Tour de Cariboo prepare to embark on a riding journey from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake.

Participants in the 24th annual Tour de Cariboo prepare to embark on a riding journey from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake.

24th annual Tour de Cariboo rides for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Riders depart from the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex on a 75-kilometre scenic journey from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake.



Riders in the 24th annual Tour de Cariboo didn’t let Saturday afternoon’s wild hail and rain storm dampen their spirits.

The group of 43 participants, who embarked on either a 76- or a newly-implemented 100-kilometre scenic bike ride from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake, helped Williams Lake Big Brothers Big Sisters raise $23,000 for its multiple community-based programs in the city.

“We’re happy with everything,” WLBBBS executive director Melissa Newberry said. “It was one of our lower riderships but in the bigger picture any amount raised by any event we do we’re really, really, happy with.”

Prior to the race at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett wished the riders well and thanked them for their dedication to helping youth in the community.

Once at Gavin Lake riders enjoyed a day of entertainment from the Big Lake Symphony, rest, relaxation, a delicious meal and socializing.

Newberry thanked the some 35 volunteers who she said helped make the event possible.

“We couldn’t do it without them,” she said. “An event like this takes quite a number of volunteers.”

Around 3:30 p.m. Saturday the skies unleashed one of the most torrential hail storms of the summer, which Newberry said made it interesting for some of the riders.

“I think some of them missed it completely, some of them got pieces of it and the last group got a pretty nasty dump of rain,” she said.

This year’s Tour de Cariboo offered families a chance to participate as part of a relay team with kids as young as 12 years old participating.

“An interesting thing to note: Holden Ratcliff rode 46 kilometres and he’s just 12 years old,” Newberry said.

“He just wouldn’t give up.”

Other riders, meanwhile, tested their endurance competing for fast times in the event.

On the women’s side it was Ann Carter boasting the fastest time of the day in three hours and 22 minutes in the women’s plus 50 division. Jan Schmid was second (3:47) and Darcy Lazzarin and Betty Donahue tied for third (4:54).

In the women’s under 50 division Jenny Howell posted the top time in three hours and 33 minutes, followed by Jenna Brink (3:47) and Janet Weyl (5:13).

Ken Brown claimed the title in the men’s 50 plus category in three hours and 28 minutes, with Gerald Ryan cashing in second (4:06) and Karl Schiemann placing third (4:52).

In the men’s under 50 division Matthew Bayliff was first (5:13) and Wilfred Aksidan was second (5:31).

Erik Seifert was the fastest man in the 100-kilometre course in four hours and three minutes, while Jody Funk crossed the finish line in the women’s 100-kilometre event in four hours and 26 minutes.

The highest fundraiser was Gerald Ryan with $4,286. For his efforts he won a flight for two from Pacific Coastal and tickets to Massey Theatre.

The second-highest fundraiser was Darcy Lazzarin with $2,185, who received a two-night stay at Chaunigan Lake Lodge.

In third was Ivor McMahen, who raised $1,375 and received a Big O Tires gift card.

The following are the top fundraisers for the Tour de Cariboo:

4.) Karl Schiemann: $1,100

5.) Jenna Brink: $735

6.) Elizabeth Bayliff: $700

7.) Betty Donahue: $691

8.) Ann Carter: $650

9.) Jan Schmid: $642.50

10.) Linda Ratcliff: $620

11.) Ann Smith: $500

Now, Newberry has her sights set on organizing next year’s 25th annual Tour de Cariboo — a milestone for WLBBBS.

“It will be a huge one,” she said.

“We’re hoping we’ll see riders who we’ve had in the past come back to celebrate it with us.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Highway 97 two-vehicle crash near 150 Mile House claims one life

The collision closed the highway at 150 Mile House

Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty chairs an opioid crisis working group pushing for policies to stop the flow of illicit drugs in Canada. (Victoria Police Department photo)
‘The opioid crisis impacts all of us’: Cariboo Prince Geroge MP Todd Doherty

Todd Doherty is co-chair of Conservative Party caucus opioid crisis working group

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Skating rink welcomed

This lake one will not last long but is still worth it

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. The federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate, start with the vaccination of police officers in internal police vaccination centers. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
B.C. officials to unveil new details of COVID vaccination plan Monday

Seniors and health-care workers who haven’t gotten their shot are next on the list

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)
Medical care robots being made with 3D origami in B.C. lab

Would you let a robot take your temperature?

B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell gets acquainted with Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Kim Baird’s 10-month-old daughter Sophia, husband Steve and four-year-old Amy at the B.C. legislature before a ceremony to endorse the Tsawwassen Treaty, Oct. 15, 2007. (Sharon Tiffin/Black Press)
Indigenous consent must come first and last for B.C. industrial projects

UN declaration seen as end to a history of horror stories

FILE  - In this Friday, Jan 1, 2021 file photo, a lorry driver's documents are scanned on a phone as he passes a checkpoint for the train through the Eurotunnel link with Europe in Folkestone, England. One month after Britain made a New Year split from the European Union's economic embrace, businesses that once traded freely are getting used to frustrating checks, delays and red tape. Meat exporters say shipments have rotted in trucks awaiting European health checks. Scottish fishermen have protested at Parliament over the catch they can no longer sell to the continent because of byzantine new paperwork. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
FINLAYSON: Government should focus on strengthening B.C.’s leading export industries

To revive the economy, this piece in the strategy is integral, writes Jock Finlayson

A cross-country skier glides along the banks of the Ottawa River in Ottawa on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. Canadians across the country can look forward to a mild spring peppered with the odd winter flashback throughout the first part of the season, according to predictions from one prominent national forecaster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Mild spring with some wintry blasts predicted for most of Canada: Weather Network

Weather Network is forecasting a slower than average start to spring in British Columbia

AstraZeneca’s vaccines are ready for use at the vaccination center in Apolda, Germany, Sunday, Feb.28, 2021. (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)
Feds hoping for AstraZeneca shots this week as Pfizer-BioNTech prepare next delivery

The first of those doses could start to arrive in Canada as early as Wednesday

Most Read