Boomer’s Legacy: Riding to Remember

Photo by John Penner, John’s Photography

Photo by John Penner, John’s Photography

Peter Mallett, Staff Writer ~

A team of cyclists kept the flame of Boomer’s Legacy burning bright last week.

A tribute ride was conducted Saturday, June 20, as this year’s full edition of the annual fundraising bike ride for the charitable foundation was cancelled due to COVID-19.

On Saturday morning, cyclists Nigel King, Ron Gaudreault, and Dave Rodgers set off on a two-day 228-kilometre trek from Comox, B.C. to the Mile Zero marker on Douglas Street in Victoria.

On Sunday, they arrived in Langford where they were joined by five more riders to help them finish the last leg of their journey. Joining them were Captain Jacqueline Zweng, Karen Hough, and Darren Westwood, along with Commodore Angus Topshee, Commander Canadian Fleet Pacific, and his daughter Amy. 

“This year’s run was not so much about the fundraising as it was awareness, and the determination of these dedicated cyclists who decided to ensure people know how important the work of the foundation is,” said CPO2 John Penner, Boomer’s Legacy volunteer and photographer.

Boomer’s Legacy was founded by Maureen Eykelenboom, the mother of Cpl Andrew ‘Boomer’ Eykelenboom, a medic with 1 Field Ambulance who was killed in Afghanistan in 2006. The foundation is operated by Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) through the Support Our Troops Program and distributes funds to people in need, both domestically and abroad.

Earlier this year, the decision was made to cancel the Legacy Bike Ride, as well as the 2020 Battlefield Bike Ride in the Netherlands. 

For more information about Boomer’s Legacy visit


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