Cyclists raise $50,000 for Hospice care

Cycle of Life Tour 2014 rides through Greater Victoria and Salt Spring Island this weekend

Cyclists from throughout Greater Victoria are expected to raise more than $50,000 for local Hospice care this weekend.

The cyclists set out on a two-day trip through the South Island and Salt Spring Island on Saturday (July 26) to raise awareness and funds.

This year’s route is approximately 200 kilometers and will take cyclists along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, through West Saanich, along the Cowichan Valley’s rural coastline, over the scenic country roads of Salt Spring Island and back along the Saanich Peninsula.

To participate, each cyclist has committed to raise a minimum of $500 in pledges. Most have significantly exceeded this goal, with some riders achieving more than $3,000 in pledges.

The Cycle of Life Tour 2014 organizers estimate $50,000 will be made to hospice care at the conclusion of this year’s event.

The tour supports Victoria Hospice, Salt Spring Island Hospice, Cowichan Valley Hospice, Sooke Hospice and Nanaimo Hospice.

Riders begin and their journey from Dockside Green, 391 Tyee Rd, in Victoria.