No accidents, no flat tires, one twisted fender quickly repaired, and a safe arrival at Mile Zero for the riders from the Campbell River to Victoria Ride, plus Virtual Riders, plus support team, plus Duncan our sweep, plus Mayor Helps our faithful cheerleader. Ruth-Ann Seburn brought greetings from the Grandmothers Campaign, and announced that the VG4A Cycle Tour has raised over $1.1 million since its beginnings in 2007.
It was a smoky ride down the Island today
Waiting for the Mill Bay ferry to take us back to Brentwood Bay
Lunch stop in Centennial Park in Saanich, hosted by the Glammas, cycling friends from the Sidney area. Thank you for great sandwiches and platefuls of fruit so beautifully arranged it was a shame to eat any.
The VG4A Facebook page has more details:
VG4A 2022 Cycle Tour cyclists rolled in to Mile Zero in Victoria at 3:00 today to loud cheers from a crowd of supporters and well-wishers. Over the last three days, 27 of these women have cycled hills, trails and roads over 275 km from Campbell River to Victoria. Other cyclists have counted their kilometres for a month to complete a Virtual Ride through Africa and back. Wanda Bentkowski, chair of the organizing group and one of the cyclists, thanked the team for their commitment to the cause and also thanked the donors, who play such an important role in this event. Mayor Helps led the cyclists in to Mile Zero, and talked of the unified sense of purpose shown by the group, much needed in this time of discord throughout the world. The Tour has raised a phenomenal $112,300 already to support the work of grandmothers in community-based organizations in Africa with whom the Stephen Lewis Foundation partners. There's still time to support this work at vg4a.ca.
Photos from the Cycle Tour Finale will follow in the days ahead.