2015 Tour Disaster

2015 Tour Disaster was Saturday, July 4 in Victoria! Thank you to everyone who participated!

2015 Tour Disaster Results  

Thank you to the cyclists, our volunteers, and community partners for participating in the 2015 Tour Disaster on Saturday, July 4! The event was presented by the City of Victoria and the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition.


Congratulations to David Miller, Alex Laird and Bob Mackie for being the first, second and third place finishers, determined by the cycling rally's points system! 

Community Partners

We would like to thank the following community partners who helped make 2015 Tour Disaster possible:

  • Capital Regional District for donating prizes for the top three finishers
  • VeloFix for conducting pre-event bicycle safety inspections
  • St. John Ambulance for providing first aid services
  • Victoria Emergency Management volunteers for participating in this helpful exercise
  • All riders who participated in this event!

Event Photos

Below are some photos of the 2015 Tour Disaster. (First place finisher David Miller is top left.)









The 2015 Tour Disaster was designed to demonstrate the important role cyclists can play in an emergency response. After an earthquake in Victoria, cyclists may be able to access roads, pathways and bridges that vehicles can't, to help move people, information and materials from one location to another.

Part cycling rally, part emergency exercise, the 2015 Tour Disaster had cyclists working their way through a series of tasks that could be required following a community-wide emergency.
Tasks included moving supplies and information, searching for lost individuals, and conducting damage assessments within a local neighbourhood – all while navigating through a simulated damaged or congested transportation system.

A participant had to safely carry envelopes with instructions, bottled water for personal use, and cargo in the form of 12 litres of water, two eggs, and to bring their own map. Bicycles had to be“human-powered”. No electric or fossil fuel assisted devices were permitted.

The event also served as an emergency exercise for Emergency Management Victoria volunteers, who set up and staffed an Incident Command Post at Topaz Park and various checkpoints along the route. Volunteers communicated by radio to simulate a major disaster when local phone lines are down.

Points System

The Tour Disaster is not a race. It is a rally with a variety of tasks that need to be completed within the event time frame. Points are awarded for assisting other cyclists at obstacles; completing each task assigned in the prescribed time; finishing order; transporting two eggs without breaking them; and the total weight or bulk of cargo carried. The person with the most points is declared the “winner”.

The points system is designed to encourage all cyclists to participate, including those with large backpacks, pannier bags, carriers, trailers, cargo bikes, etc. It recognizes that disasters are not competitions, and that collaboration is essential to success in providing assistance to the community during a disaster response.

Who Can Register?

The event was open to cyclists, 19 years of age or older, who had the ability to carry a minimum amount of cargo by way of large backpacks, pannier bags, carriers, trailers, cargo bikes, etc.


Pre-registration was required. The deadline to pre-register was Monday, June 29, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Waiver Form

At check-in, participants were asked to read, initial and sign this Waiver Form [PDF - 48 KB] in person. A witness was also required to read and sign this form. The witness could be a friend, family member, event staff or a volunteer. Waiver forms were provided by the event organizers at check-in.

Event Details

Option to Carry More Cargo/Weight
Participants could earn extra points by carrying heavy or bulk objects throughout the event, such as tents, sleeping bags, rolled camping mattresses, cots or boxes of relief supplies. NOTE: It was up to the participant to provide these items. In addition, these items had to be secured to the bicycle in a safe way. Event organizers reserved the right to disallow objects they deem to be unsafe.


There was at least one location on the route where a participant's bicycle needed to be lifted up and over an obstacle. This required the bicycle to be unloaded in order to travel over the obstacle.

Bicycle Requirements
Participants needed to have a safely functioning bicycle, which was briefly inspected at check-in to verify that there were no obvious safety defects. It was the participant's responsibility to ensure that their bicycle was in good working order.

Safety was a primary concern. Participants were reminded that they had to follow all rules of the road and conduct themselves in a manner that was safe to them and to those around them. When necessary or appropriate, participants had to dismount and walk their bicycle.

About the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition

 purpose of the Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition is to promote, and improve conditions for cycling in Greater Victoria by improving cycling education; facilitating communication between cyclists, government, and other community groups; improving facilities for bicycle use; improving the legal climate for cyclists; encouraging more people to ride bicycles more often; and developing a cycling information base.

Previous Tour Disasters

Learn about the 2014 Tour Disaster and the Inaugural Tour de Disaster -- Cyclist Emergency and Disaster Response Rally.

For More Information:

Emergency Management Victoria