VIDEO: Tour de Rock gets windy but warm welcome in Lake Cowichan

Junior rider, Jaxon, gets a cheer at Lake Cowichan School for collecting money for Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Tour de Rock team meets the children from Palsson Elementary School in Lake Cowichan. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan School vice-principal, Del Morgan, gets a headshave in front of the school population because the kids raised $1,000 for Tour de Rock. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The crowd from LCS is screaming as vice-principal Del Morgan gets a headshave from one of the Tour de Rock riders. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Palsson Elementary kids may be small but they can spell out ‘Thank You’ to the Tour de Rock riders. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Ryder Racoon greets some delighted children at the Tour de Rock visit at Palsson School in Lake Cowichan on Oct. 2. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Even though he doesn’t actually ride a bike, everybody wants to get close to Ryder Racoon. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen) Even though he doesn’t actually ride a bike, everybody wants to get close to Ryder Racoon. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lake Cowichan School students present a cheque for $1,000 to the Tour de Rock team during their visit to the school. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
All the elementary students were seated downstairs to see the Tour de Rock team which the high school students were upstairs in the gym’s galleries. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Rider Andy Quinn, who had to go to Cowichan District Hospital after a road mishap earlier in the day is welcomed back to the Tour de Rock team at Palsson School Oct. 2. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Palsson Elementary School is recognized for its fundraising efforts for Tour de Rock. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team enters Lake Cowichan School gym. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The riders are on their bikes and on their way out of the Cowichan Lake area for another year. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

Everything was set up at Lake Cowichan School, just after 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, Oct. 2.

A number of elementary-aged students were outside with their teachers, cow-bells and pom-poms in hand, ready to create a real ruckus when the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock team arrived. The press and TV camera were there. It was time.

Then, suddenly, word came through that the riders would be arriving by truck because there had been an accident and one of them was in Cowichan District Hospital.

So, the kids, the teachers, and the media were whisked into the school gym to join the rest of the school in giving the team a rousing welcome.

And they got one.

The injured rider came back to join the team during their visit later at Palsson Elementary School, taped up, but still standing.

The riders were welcomed and introduced to the crowd, and then vice-principal Del Morgan got the message she’d been dreading: the school had raised $1,000 so she had to get her head shaved onstage.

The crowd went wild as the first cut — always the most critical — was made, and then, under the encouragement of the students, more and more of her hair fell onto the floor.

It’s always a special stop for the Tour de Rock team at Lake Cowichan because they have their lunch at the school.

After they finished there, they mounted their bikes, which had been set up in the school yard, and then rode to Palsson Elementary, under increasingly threatening skies.

However, they found the entire population of Palsson outdoors, lined up against the walls for protection from a strong wind that had blown in, but eager to see the Tour de Rock, and Ryder Racoon.

After spending some time with the kids at Palsson, the team mounted up and made their way out of the Lake area, just before a brief but heavy rainfall hit the town.

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