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Tour de Rock begins today

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Andrea Peacock

News Staff

The Tour de Rock team set out from Port Alice today on its 13-day, 927-kilometre ride down Vancouver Island.

Detective Const. Lori Lumley is one of from riders from Victoria participating in the tour.

Planning to retire from the Victoria police department in January, Lumley said she is excited to end her career on a high note.

“The experience is made up of so many different layers and dimensions,” she said. “The physical challenge, the emotional challenge, the emotional highs and lows.”

Lumley and her team started training three days a week last March.

“The first ride was 10 kilometres long, and I know a lot of people were exhausted after 10 kilometres,” said Lumley.

The longest ride the team will have to do in one day on the Tour occured Monday when they rode 140 kilometres from Port McNeill to Woss and Sayward.

Prior to starting the tour, Lumley said they were absolutely ready.

“We’re riding together tightly as a team, we have great formation, and we are so ready to go.”

Also from the Victoria police department participating in Tour de Rock are Const. Jennifer Young and Const. Ryan Koropatniski. Also riding from Victoria is Adam Carruthers from CFB Esquimalt, Katie DeRosa from the Times Colonist and Chandler Grieve from CTV.