By Stephen Thomson, July 26, 2012 – www.straight.com
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 is scheduled for August 10th.
The event is to feature an on-stage talk with Hesjedal, an autograph table, cycling information booths and demonstrations, food, music, and a beer garden, according to a news release.
In May, Hesjedal became the first Canadian ever to win one of the world’s grand cycling tours when he claimed the prestigious pink jersey in the Giro d’Italia.
In June, he entered the Tour de France as a possible contender for the yellow jersey but dropped out after he was injured in a crash in an early stage of the race.
Hesjedal, a Victoria native, is now focused on the Olympics, competing as Canada’s lone entrant in the men’s road rave on July 28 and the men’s individual time trial on August 1.
The homecoming event is scheduled for Friday (August 10) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Centennial Square in Victoria.