Category Archives: Press

08 Jul
Times Colonist: Hesjedal’s jersey auction aids cyclists

By Pedro Arrais Original article appeared in the Victoria Times Colonist, July 6, 2013 Going once, going twice, sold. The Ryders Cycling Society of Canada has sold by auction a jersey worn by Ryder Hesjedal in the 2012 Tour de France. The blue jersey, signed by Hesjedal, fetched $1,775 after a week of bidding on

11 Aug
City Unveils New “Ryder” Racks to Honour Hesjedal’s Historic Achievement

Original article posted on City of Victoria website, August 10, 2012 At an event to celebrate and honour the achievements of Giro d’Italia Champion Ryder Hesjedal, Mayor Dean Fortin proclaimed August 10th “Ryder Hesjedal Day” and unveiled specially designed bike racks—pink “Ryder” racks to permanently mark his achievement in and around the city. “These bike racks

10 Aug
Vic News: Athletes’ legacy with community

Originally published August 10, 2012 on  It’s been a tough year for a few of Victoria’s high-profile athletes. After winning the Giro D’Italia and solidifying his place as Canada’s premier cyclist, Ryder Hesjedal crashed out of the Tour de France, and middle-of-the pack outcomes in the Olympic road race and time trial, and no

26 Jul
Straight: Cycling Champion Ryder Hesjedal to receive hero’s welcome in Victoria

By Stephen Thomson, July 26, 2012 – Victoria is planning to welcome back hometown sports hero and Giro d’Italia champion cyclist Ryder Hesjedal – once he’s finished competing at the London Olympics, of course. To celebrate Hesjedal’s historic achievement, a homecoming event hosted by the City of Victoria and Ryder’s Cycling Society of Canada

24 Jul
The Province: Hesjedal helps fund Ramsden’s Olympic dream

By Terry Bell Published July 24, 2012 on Ryder Hesjedal doesn’t just win bike races and wave the flag … he donates funds to help Canadian athletes like Olympic teammate Denise Ramsden. Ryder Hesjedal’s Giro d’Italia victory in May has turned into a blessing for Olympic cyclist Denise Ramsden of Yellowknife, NWT. Victoria’s Hesjedal, who’ll

30 May
The Misfits Take Over Cycling

Garmin team philosophy and the Giro win making headlines in the Wall Street Journal: They began as the oddballs. They oozed a different vibe. Talented but quirky. Free-thinking characters. If the sport of professional bike racing were high school, they were the lovable misfits. They rocked a peculiar look: argyle on spandex. Their boss was

11 Oct
Victoria’s First Cyclist

Long before Ryder Hesjedal became Hero of the Giro by winning the 21-day Giro d’Italia, another Victoria cyclist thrilled the sporting world. His parents named him William John but in the 1930s the world knew him as Torchy. Early in his racing career, a reporter wrote “a flame-haired youth led the pack like a torch.”