Cops for Cancer Tour de North riders are pushing on in pursuit of their goal of raising funds for pediatric cancer research.
Since the group left Prince George Friday on its 850-kilometre journey in seven days to Prince Rupert, riders have been challenged by inclement weather.
The team wasted little time following its Jail ‘n’ Bail fundraiser in Williams Lake last week, hitting the road for its seven-day, 850-kilometre journey from Prince George to Prince Rupert.
Friday, participants took part in leg one — a 100-kilometre bike ride to Vanderhoof, followed by an extensive 175-kilometre trek to Fort St. James and back, then to Fraser Lake on Saturday.
Today, Sept. 16, the group is on its way from Fraser Lake to Burns Lake, a 70-kilometre ride.
From Williams Lake Dave Dickson, Const. Joel Kooger and his wife, Alison Kooger, Const. Taylor Callens and Const. Isaac Perreault Labbe are participating.
“Yesterday we had snow, sleet, rain and heavy winds. Horrible riding conditions,” Dickson said of the weather the group has experienced so far, noting it was 2 C during a lunch stop Sunday 28 kilometres from Burns Lake.
Earlier Sunday, the group hosted a fundraising breakfast at the Legion in Fraser Lake — one of its many fundraisers along the journey — before getting back on the road.
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During its Jail ‘n’ Bail fundraiser in Williams Lake last Wednesday, the team raised more than $30,000 and its more than well on its way to raising its $200,000 fundraising goal.
The Cops for Cancer Tour de North schedule for the rest of the trip is as follows:
• Sept. 16, Day 3: Fraser Lake to Burns Lake – 70 km
• Sept. 17, Day 4: Burns Lake to Smithers – 150 km
• Sept. 18, Day 5: Smithers to Hazelton – 75 km
• Sept. 19, Day 6: Hazelton to Terrace – 145 km
• Sept. 20, Day 7: Terrace to Prince Rupert – 150 km
Tour de North 2018 Riders include:
Alison Kooger, RCMP (family), Williams Lake
Amy Ballantyne, RCMP Dispatch, Prince George
Anne Bock, RCMP, Quesnel
Bob Killbery, RCMP Retired, Prince Rupert
Brent Benbow, RMCP, Prince George
Caelum Ellis, Community, Smithers
Cam Bradshaw, RMCP, Fort Nelson
Cathy Scott, BCAS, Fraser Lake
Cole Ebeling, RCMP, Prince George
Craig LePoidevin, BCAS, Fraser Lake
Dave Dickson, RCMP Retired, Williams Lake
Dennis Schwab, Community, Prince George
Devon Gerrits, RCMP, Prince Rupert
Isaac Perreault Labbe, RCMP, Williams Lake
Jeffrey Ludovici, RMCP, Mackenzie
Jen Collins, RCMP, Prince George
Joel Kooger, RCMP, Williams Lake
Joelle Jensen, Sheriff, Fort St John
Keasha Sjodin, RCMP, Prince George
Maggie Walsh, RCMP, Dease Lake
Martin Neveu, RCMP, Mackenzie
Mathew Clarabut, RCMP, Kitimat
Patrick Tilma, RCMP, Terrace
Peter Wharton, Sheriff, Prince George
Rebecca Bojczuk, RCMP, Fort St. John
Robert Hillhouse, Community, Prince George
Robert Pictou, Media, Terrace
Rudi Peters, Community, Terrace
Ryan Hobbs, RCMP, Houston
Sarah Shaw, BCAS, Dawson Creek
Spencer Owen, RCMP, Fort St John
Stefanie Wainman, RCMP, Prince Rupert
Susan Jones, Community, Houston
Taylor Callens, RCMP, Williams Lake
Zoe Moshansky, BCAS, Dawson Creek