A familiar face to CHEK News viewers will be a part of the 2023 Tour de Rock team — Hannah Lepine who will be riding as a media rider.
She will be the first rider from CHEK since 2008 and Lepine says she is happy to represent the station in its return to the race.
“Just happy to continue on that legacy, we haven’t had a rider in years,” Lepine said. “To be that first one back in a while feels really good. I feel like I have the whole station behind me.”
Lepine says she decided to take part in the Tour de Rock ride as part of her goal of getting more involved with the community.
“That’s one of the things that I love about Vancouver Island ever since I moved here is just the community is so strong,” Lepine said. “The way people rally behind each other, it’s unlike any other place I’ve lived. So that was one of the big reasons is to get involved in the community, but also to raise funds for a really great cause, and to help kids tell cancer to kick rocks.”
The team is out training three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays to get ready for the September ride.
“Tuesdays are hill nights, we’ve been up to the observatory, Thursdays are speed nights, we come to UVic a lot and do the Ring Road and race each other, and Sundays are our long rides, we’ve been out to as far as the jail in Metchosin and as far north as the ferries so far,” Lepine said.
“I think our max is 75 [kilometres] right now, that’s the longest distance and every Sunday, it’ll get longer and longer.”
Lepine is kicking off her fundraising journey, with one event planned. The Battle of the Dad Bands takes place on May 27 at the Capital Ballroom.
“You’ll see me there, you’ll see Ed Bain there performing. It’ll be really fun,” Lepine said. “That’s one way you can support and then I’ll keep you posted on other events coming up.”
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