Monday, May 26, 2008

Tour de Gabriola

Join us on Sunday for an island fundraiser, and a great way to see Gabriola... June 1st marks the annual Tour de Gabriola, a fundraiser for Gabriola’s Primary Health Care Clinic .

This year there are three tours, geared to all levels of riders. For those wanting to tackle the ride around Gabriola, registration will occur between 9:30 – 10:30 at the Gabriola Elementary School from their they will send you off on your trip around the island, which takes about 1 ½ – 2 hours, (longer if you stop for breaks). My 3 speed cruiser is coming back on the road for the event, it’s a challenge with the terrain having only three speeds, but “Bad Betty” is a very comfotable ride. If all goes well we’re going to load up the kids and bring them along so we’ll be pushing the back end of the tour!

For those kids wanting to participate, but maybe want a shorter ride, there will be a route leaving from the Twin Beaches down to Olebar point & back. Last year, we decided that the kids might want to ride so we walked along as they rode, at 3 ½ years old my neice did a great job, she rode most of the way down Olebar & we carried the bike back – for those with pre-schoolers, this route can take much longer than the island loop! This ride is stunning with the waterfront backdrop along most of Berry Point Road.

There is also a South End tour, which is new this year. If you are interested in this tour, the registration will take place at the Silva Bay Inn driveway, from here riders will cycle and do the Peterson Road loop, this is a fairly level(ish) & shorter ride than the full tour, and you should be back in time for lunch, one of our local favorite restaurants is right next door to registration at Silva Bay overlooking the Marina.

To help fundraise, you can pick up a registration form at the Medical Center or just at various start points on Sunday morning, there is also the opportunity to collect pledges on the registration form, or you can simply join by donating $20.00 which benefits the islands Pimary Health Care Clinic…

See you Sunday!

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