A group of riders happily makes the trek from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake Saturday during Williams Lake Big Brothers and Big Sisters 21st Annual Tour de Cariboo.

A group of riders happily makes the trek from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake Saturday during Williams Lake Big Brothers and Big Sisters 21st Annual Tour de Cariboo.

Riders blaze up roadways at Tour de Cariboo

Williams Lake Big Brothers Big Sisters 21st Annual Tour de Cariboo didn’t disappoint, helping raise more than $46,000.

Williams Lake Big Brothers Big Sisters 21st Annual Tour de Cariboo didn’t disappoint, raising more than $46,000 for the local non-profit organization.

Riders cycled 75 kilometres from Williams Lake to Gavin Lake before enjoying a relaxing afternoon by the lake filled with entertainment and more.

Local riders, meanwhile, were in top form tearing up the roadways.

In the 50-plus women’s division Williams Lake’s Ann Carter posted the fastest time, crossing the finish line in three hours, one minute and 38 seconds. In second was Rhonda Roylance of Quesnel (3:20:11), with Williams Lake’s Patsy Kohnke placing third (3:32:55).

In the men’s 50-plus category it was former Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson beating the field, finishing in a blazing three hours, 32 minutes and 22 seconds. Williams Lake’s Ivor McMahen was second in two hours, 38 minutes and 58 seconds, with Quesnel’s Dan Kaleta placing third (2:48:20).

With their respective times both Simpson and Carter were the fastest two riders on the day.

In the under-50 women’s category it was a clean sweep for Williams Lake riders. Niki Brandson (3:05:04), Katie McMahen (2:45:50) and Cheri Wiebe (3:12:52) finished first, second and third, respectively.

For the men’s under-50 group it was local Scott Gordon placing first in two hours, 38 minutes and 56 seconds. Second and third also went to lakecity riders, as Scott McCreight (2:45:50) and Brett Douglas (2:47:33) rounded out the top three.

The top three pledge earners were Tory Kier ($13,045), Dean McDonald ($2,385) and Kohnke ($2,220).

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