In its 20th anniversary year, Cops for Cancer - Tour de Coast will be riding through Powell River on its journey to raise money for pediatric cancer research and support programs for children with a history of cancer.
On Friday, September 20, the cyclists and support crews arrive at Saltery Bay terminal on the 9:10 am ferry.
Powell River RCMP staff sergeant Rod Wiebe is among 38 cyclists pedalling 800 kilometres and visiting 14 communities over nine days.
Riders are escorted by five motorcycle police officers and other support vehicles. Occasionally, and only when necessary for safety reasons, cyclists will temporarily halt traffic briefly but there will be no diversions or detours. On some sections of the route, there will be single lane traffic.
From Saltery Bay, heading into Powell River, the peloton will travel along Highway 101 and then into the city via Padgett Road to Duncan Street at Manson Avenue, along Manson to Barnet Street, and down Barnet Street to the RCMP detachment for lunch. After a stop at Save-On-Foods, the riders will make their way to Lund along Joyce Avenue to Alberni Street and onto Marine Avenue toward Lund. After returning from Lund, the team will have dinner and stay overnight.
On Saturday, September 21, the tour heads out for Saltery Bay at 7 am, arriving at Saltery Bay for the 9:20 ferry.
Tour de Coast cycling team consists of police officers from RCMP detachments, BC Emergency Health Services, BC Sheriff Services, Canadian Border Services Agency, transit police and police departments.