Protocols for Tour du Canada
This information is intended for the general public who may encounter Tour du Canada riders during the summer of 2021. Participants in Tour du Canada have a full protocol on how to conduct themselves during the ride. That protocol has been developed using public health guidelines and is framed by the Tour du Canada Statement of Values.
What is Tour du Canada?
Tour du Canada is a cycling club that stages an annual ride across Canada. It was first held in 1988. The year 2020 was a disappointment for us. We had to cancel the trip because of Covid-19. In 2021 we are making up for lost ground. Advance planning is essential and, as much as possible, that includes being vaccinated.
Tour du Canada Values
Four words sum up Tour du Canada’s Values — Respect, Teamwork, Perseverance and Positivity. Those words represent values needed to travel 7,600 kilometres by bicycle through all 10 provinces from Vancouver, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland. We think they are truly Canadian values shared by people we meet along the way.
Respect for others within the group includes measures to protect all riders from Covid-19. Equally important, those same measures protect residents of communities we visit along our route. Proven public health measures — masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing are fundamental to our Covid-19 protocols.
It’s a team effort. We all work together. This approach includes daily preparation of meals and ensuring everyone is safe on the road. Riders are divided into crews of four. On a five-day rotation each crew prepares a dinner and a breakfast. Designated sweeps within each crew ride at the tail-end of the group.
Undertaking a cross-Canada ride in the full range of weather conditions requires perseverance. It teaches Tour du Canada riders the determination needed to always practice those public health measures that we know are effective in dealing with the virus.
Over the length of our route across the country, riders help each other to stay positive and to get the full measure out of every day. It’s a big country and we all need a bit of help sometime in dealing with challenges.
How the Values were Developed
You can read more about these values and the process used to develop them here: Tour du Canada Values.
We are grateful for the support and friendship shown to our members and we hope that we reciprocate and pay the same courtesies as we travel across the country.
Please contact us if you have any questions: Email Tour du Canada