Tuesday may have been the first day of the 2019 Tour de North, but when the Fort St. John riders arrived in town after a day of cycling from Dawson Creek, stopping at schools along the way, it almost felt like the end.
“It’s funny, it feels like it’s over now since we’re from Fort St. John, but we’re just getting started, and today was a good introduction to it all,” said RCMP Cst. Christiaan Dreyer outside the Stonebridge Hotel, where the tour’s riders are spending the night.
Dreyer and community rider Sharon McLeod with BC Hydro are the two riders out of the 12 taking part from Fort St. John. They left Dawson Creek this morning, and visited students at Dawson Creek, Farmington, and Taylor schools along the way, for a total of 75 kilometres.
“I’m feeling great. This is such a great team with a worthwhile cause, and being able to share and create awareness about cancer and smoking with the students has been great,” McLeod said.
The Tour will double the kilometres tomorrow — 140 in total — as they travel to Hudson’s Hope and Chetwynd. Though Day 2 of the ride features lots of hills, both riders feel good about the preparation they put in prior to the ride.
McLeod biked 4,200km this summer, while Dreyer rode 1,500km since May, and both said they felt it pay off Tuesday.
“Riding up the Taylor Hill was a breeze and I didn’t think it would be,” said McLeod.
Both McLeod and Dreyer are taking part in the ride for the first time. For Dreyer, the decision to ride was an easy one after his supervisor was diagnosed with cancer near the end of last year.
“Just seeing how he battled and recovered, I knew I wanted to ride right away and he’s been very inspirational,” Dreyer said.
The 2019 Tour de North will end in Williams Lake on Monday, September 23, 2019.