(Image/Tour de Rock Facebook page

The Tour de Rock kicked off its 1000+ kilometre journey last Saturday, and the riders have been winding their way down the island, making their annual stops along the way.

The team, comprised of first responders, government works, teachers, and media professionals, is scheduled to pass through Cumberland, Union Bay, Qualicum and Parksville today, and is expected to make their final stop in Victoria on October 5.

If you’re wondering if the tour is stopping by your community, you can check out the team’s full riding schedule here.

Since 1998, Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock has been supporting pediatric cancer research with its two-week, 1000+ kilometre ride across Vancouver Island.

Cops for Cancer began in 1996, when Edmonton police officer Gary Goulet shaved his head to support a young boy who’s fight with cancer robbed him of his hair. Soon after, fellow officer shaved their heads and posed for pictures with the boy.

In 1998, officers on Vancouver Island were inspired to do more than shave their heads for Cops for Cancer, and launched the first Tour de Rock. In its inaugural year, Tour de Rock raised $325,000, and had a team of 16 police officers.

Now, Tour de Rock has raised over $24 million, and this year’s team is a diverse 22 members strong.

Here are three events to watch for in Victoria next week:

Victoria Eve of the End (of Tour)

Come celebrate the last evening before the end of 2018’s Tour de Rock at The Roundhouse at Bayview Place. The event will feature The Big Font Band, which is made up of Tour de Rock alumni members. Tickets are free for kids and $20 for adults at the door or online. http://bit.ly/Toureve.

When: Thursday, October 4, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: The Roundhouse at Bayview Place (253 Esquimalt Rd)

Broadmead Community Visit

The Tour de Rock team is hosting a BBQ at Broadmead Village on the final day of their tour. Come mingle with the riders and eat delicious food while helping raise awareness for pediatric cancer research and supporting Camp Goodtimes.

When: Friday, October 5, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Broadmead Village

2018 Tour de Rock Finale

This is it, the grand finale. The Canadian Cancer Society Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock is inviting everyone to their official Tour de Rock Finale at Spirit Square (located in Centennial Square). You can witness the team as they cross the finish line of their 1000+ kilometre ride across Vancouver Island, and join in on various festivities, including presentations and head shaves.

When: Friday, October 5, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Spirit Square