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Ryder Hesjedal Tour de Victoria – 100 Days to Go

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February 17, 2011 (Victoria, BC) – With just 100 days to go, registration for the inaugural Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria ride on May 28th has surpassed the half way mark with over 750 cyclists ready to ride the 140km or 90km routes.

“We’re really excited to have so many people joining this ride, especially after only one month since opening for registrations,” said Director, Seamus McGrath. “Victoria is a great place to ride and to be able to share its magic with so many others will really help give cycling the attention it deserves in this community.”

McGrath added that VIP packages are also available for the 90km and 140km rides. The packages include a group dinner with Ryder Hesjedal, exclusive VIP start chute with Ryder, a signed t-shirt and access to a VIP registration area.

“This presents an amazing opportunity, rarely seen in other sports,” said McGrath, “the chance to ride along side Ryder, a top professional cyclist, as he prepares for the Tour de France. Olympic Gold medallist Simon Whitfield will be leading the 90km VIP ride as well.”

“We want to encourage the corporate and cultural leaders from our community to come out for this ride,” said McGrath. “The environmental and health benefits of cycling are significant and promoting these is a lot easier when VIPs get involved. We hope to attract as many as possible.”

The tour will also offer a Community Ride led by former Olympic rower, Silken Laumann. Registration will be on the day of and 100% of the proceeds will go to the Power To Be Adventure Therapy Society (www.powertobe.ca). The ride will be geared towards families and beginner cyclists.

“I’m thrilled to be able to participate in this part of the tour,” said Laumann. “Active families mean active, healthy kids. As a community it’s important that we provide as many options as possible for people to get involved, and learn to love exercise, the outdoors and a lifestyle that includes health and fitness.”

Tour de Victoria is recruiting up to 500 volunteers to assist with the event. Interested individuals can visit the Tour de Victoria web site for all the volunteer opportunities.

On-line registration is available at www.tourdevictoria.com.





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