Const. Elyse Patten (left) waves to a crowd of Belmont secondary students as the Tour de Rock riders pull into the high school for a lunchtime pit stop on Wednesday.

Slideshow: Tour de Rock riders receive warm West Shore welcome

Tour de Rock cyclists were greeted by Belmont students and members of the West Shore community on Wednesday.




Belmont secondary was abuzz on Wednesday morning as the team of Tour de Rock riders traversed the Malahat and made their way to the high school for a well-deserved pit stop.

Students in the leadership class at Belmont helped set up for the lunch, while members of the Langford Fire Department were on hand to cook burgers and hot dogs.

“I’m pretty excited to welcome them here.  I think it’s pretty cool that we’re an official lunch stop,” said Grade 9 leadership student Madison Dugray minutes before the riders arrived.

“It’s always a big deal to be a part of something as great as this and we’re really glad that we’re able to participate,” said Belmont principal Ray Miller.

The event was also an opportunity for West Shore RCMP members to welcome Const. Elyse Patten back to the community.

“It’s a super hard thing even just to sign the piece of paper saying that you want to join, knowing that it takes so much time away from your personal life, your family and a lot of time away from work … we’re happy that she did it,” said Const. Jon McKinney.

Police sirens signaled the arrival of the morning’s honoured guests as the team of 17 riders climbed up Langford Lake Road to the sound of cheers from a sizeable crowd of Belmont secondary students.

“I got a wonderful welcome from all of the schools heading along Goldstream … and then coming up here and my family’s here and both my junior riders. It’s overwhelming,” said Patten.

The support means a lot for the riders, Patten said, adding that the cheers from the students and her junior riders helped heal the pain in her legs, a symptom of a long, difficult ride.

The team of cyclists began their two-week, 1,000 kilometre journey on Sept. 24 in Port Alice and had reached the homestretch of their trip by the time they stopped at Belmont.

This year’s Tour de Rock wraps up today (Oct. 7) with a ride through Saanich, Esquimalt and Victoria.

joel.tansey@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Brentwood Bay fruit stand plundered on first day of season

Leeanne and Jack Guthrie dismayed to find money and fruit stolen from roadside stand

Victoria woman accesses healing Burn Fund resources 45 years after injury

Stasi Manser was burned when she was five years old and now works as an adult burn survivor advocate

Fate of accused in Saanich couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

National HIV Testing Day comes to the West Shore

17.1 per cent increase in new HIV infections in Canada between 2014 and 2017

Local grocery store steps up to help resident after Saanich jams her stand

Pepper’s Foods will start selling jams previously sold through roadside stand

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 25

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the penalty should be increased for tossing a burning cigarette from a vehicle?

With grasslands and forests around Vancouver Island and across B.C. reaching tinder… Continue reading

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Vancouver Island woman assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read