Riders cycle along on Resthaven Drive on Sunday

Riders cycle along on Resthaven Drive on Sunday

Tour de Victoria comes to Peninsula

Ryder Hesjedal's cycling event brings thousands through the Saanich Peninsula

More than 1,000 people cycled up the Pat Bay Highway and through Sidney on Sunday, June 24 for the second annual Tour de Victoria.

Local cycling superstar Ryder Hesjedal, who won the Giro d’Italia this year and was selected for the Canadian Olympic cycling team, started the Tour de Victoria last year. Riders tackled 140-, 90- and 50-kilometre routes on Sunday under ideal weather conditions and came from across the country to do so.

Neil Davies was first to finish the 140 km route in three hours and 51 minutes.

In addition, Hesjedal’s pink jersey won at the Giro was auctioned off to a winning bid of $10,300.

Some people were injured when a group crashed on Lindholm Road in Metchosin on the 140 km route.