Two Tour de Rock riders circle Sidney for 24 hours

Day-long bike ride helps raise money for pediatric cancer research

Kathryn Goodyear

Kathryn Goodyear

Sidney Tour de Rock riders Bob McDonald and Kathryn Goodyear are planning a ride around the town – for 24 hours straight.

Beginning tonight (Aug. 29), the two riders will be traveling a circuit-style route down Beacon Avenue from their starting point at Serious Coffee to First Street. Then will then go back up Bevan Avenue to Fifth Street and back over to Beacon Avenue.

“The 24-hour ride is kind of a tradition for Sidney riders,” explained McDonald. “It’s just something that’s always been done and we wanted to continue the tradition.”

Although the two have never been on a bike for 24 hours straight, McDonald says he isn’t too worried about the long ride.

“We’re not going to be riding fast,” McDonald said. “I am going to put a speedometer on my bike so we know how fast we’re going, what our average speed is and how far we ride in total.”

The two will start their ride at 7 p.m. tonight and ride through the night and into tomorrow. They will spend the last two hours, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, riding stationary in the Tour de Rock tent.

“Because they close the streets for the those two hours during the market we ride the (wind) trainers,” McDonald said.

“Then the team will ride out because they already train on Thursdays and they will join us, as well, when we finally fall off the bikes,” McDonald said with a laugh.

The public is welcome to visit the riders at the tent during the last Sidney summer market of the year to show support and to donate. For more information on the ride, visit tourderock.ca.