A group of riders relax by Gavin Lake following last year’s Tour de Cariboo.

A group of riders relax by Gavin Lake following last year’s Tour de Cariboo.

Still time to sign up for Tour de Cariboo

The Tour de Cariboo is 76 kilometers of the most beautiful scenery the Cariboo has on display.

Get your motor runnin’,  Head out on the highway,  Lookin’ for adventure,  And whatever comes our way,  Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen,  Take the world in a love embrace,  Fire all of your guns at once,  And explode into space … OK, so you may not have been ‘Born to be Wild’ and there are no motors in the Tour de Cariboo, but this event is an adventure you do not want to miss.

The Tour de Cariboo is 76 kilometers of the most beautiful scenery the Cariboo has on display.

Picture yourself pedaling down the winding country road, past rolling hills, trees bursting in autumn colours.

You’ve now stopped at one of the many rest stops along the route to hydrate and enjoy a snack.  The friendly attendants offer words of encouragement to motivate you on the next leg of your journey. Flat tire, bike needs repair? No worries, the knowledgeable support drivers are there to help you get back on the road.

You are now winding through the last curve with Gavin Lake in your sights.  The wind’s at your back, driving you toward the finish line.  You’ve made it!  Such an accomplishment!  Now it’s time to celebrate your achievement.  You grab a refreshing drink and sit in the sunshine.  Listen to the live music and share your tour adventures with other satisfied riders.  Having gained back enough strength you head for the warm showers and then off to get a well-deserved massage … or, wait … maybe a swim in the lake and a sauna on the beach? Whatever your mode of relaxation, it’s there waiting for you by the lake.

You’ve expended tons of energy; you feel the urge to refuel.  It’s time to join the others in the mess hall for a virtual feast catered by long-time volunteer Adele McLearn. Whether you’re a carnivore or prefer veggie delights, Adele’s prepared delectable choices for you to indulge in.

Following the banquet you wonder to yourself: “Am I taking the shuttle back to town, or am I going to enjoy the festivities on the beach, and stay over in one of the comfy cabins?” Whatever your choice, it’s all included in the tour experience.

If the distance seems a bit daunting, find some friends to join you in a relay. There are no rules, you can have as many riders on your team as you’d like.  You also have the opportunity to win some great prizes such as bike park lift tickets at Sunpeaks,  rafting with Fraser River Rafting, overnight accommodation at the Accent Inn, Chilcotin Lodge B & B & the Heffley Boutique Inn at Sunpeaks.   You have a chance at a round trip for two with Pacific Coastal and a fisherman’s package- accommodation, boat rental and all meals at the world renowned Chaunigan Lake Lodge.

On Sept. 7 ride, race or relay Big Brothers & Big Sisters Tour de Cariboo sponsored by Mount Polley Mines.

Learn more at www.bbswlake.com or give us a call at 250-398-8391 — looking for adventure, come on our way!