21 named to Tour de Rock team

Nine officers will represent Victoria and Esquimalt

Nine police officers from Victoria and Esquimalt will represent the Capital in this year’s Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team.

The 21-member team was announced Friday in Oak Bay.

Local representatives include:

Victoria Police Department: Brent Hilborne, Matthew Rutherford and Diane Luszniak

CFB Esquimalt: Rodney Carper, Pamela Harris and Michael Lemire

Island District RCMP: Ray Bernoties, Robert Webb  and Alison Wood

The Tour de Rock is a two-week bicycle journey in which a team of police officers rides 1,000 kilometres from the north end of Vancouver Island to the south, raising money to fight childhood cancer.

Since 1998, the event has raised more than $20 million for the Canadian Cancer Society, which uses the money to fund pediatric cancer research and programs that help children with cancer and their families.

The 2015 tour gets started Sept. 19 in Port Alice. It winds through communities on northern and central Vancouver Island before reaching Nanaimo Sept. 27.

The riders will head through Oak Bay, Victoria and Sidney on Oct. 1 and Esquimalt and Saanich Oct. 2 before wrapping up that night in Victoria with the Spirit Square Finale.