Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria won’t happen this year

The Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour de Victoria presented by Scotiabank, scheduled for Aug. 22, will not be held this year.

Organizers said hosting the Tour’s 3,000 bike riders would not be possible due to the B.C. government’s pandemic ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.

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“We have been delaying this decision as long as possible in hopes of finding a solution for the Tour this summer,” said Seamus McGrath, ride director.

“We were excited to be celebrating our 10th annual Tour de Victoria. We were on track to once again break our attendance record.”

The 10th anniversary edition of the Tour will now take place in 2021.

All riders have been provided with options for their registration fee, including deferrals to 2021 or 2022, refunds or an opportunity to donate to the charity organizations supported by the Tour.

The Tour’s namesake, Ryder Hesjedal of Colwood, represented Canada in three Olympic Games, won the Giro d’Italia and was top-five in the Tour de France.

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