Peddlers Cycling Club of Trinidad recently wrapped up an exhilarating and successful Tour De La Dominique on the stunning island of Dominica. With support from the government of Dominica, Discover Dominica Authority, the Dominica Cyclist Association and sponsors, the club concluded a five-day cycling extravaganza from June 15-19, 2023.
A total of 43 cyclists and their families explored the island’s natural beauty, fostered cultural integration, and at the end of the experience, a memorable mark was left on everyone involved. Cyclists were treated to panoramic vistas of lush landscapes, tranquil beaches, and rugged coastlines. The tour enabled cultural integration through lively karaoke sessions, BBQs, rejuvenating sulphur baths, and other fun festivities. A tour highlight was the visit to Trafalgar Falls, in which the visitors marveled at the site of the majestic twin waterfalls surrounded in lush greenery.
Tour De La Dominique featured two major rides, each offering a unique and awe-inspiring experience. The first ride ventured southward to Scott’s Head, uncovering hidden gems, and showcasing the picturesque charm of the island’s southern communities. The second ride took participants from the capital Roseau to the breathtaking north of Dominica and concluded in the community of Portsmouth. Both rides provided ample opportunities for cyclists to immerse themselves in Dominica’s natural wonders while forging lasting bonds with cyclists of the Dominica Cycling Association.
The success of the Tour De La Dominique would not have been possible without the unwavering support and collaboration from the Government of Dominica, the Dominica Cycling Association, and numerous sponsors. The government’s commitment to promoting sports and tourism was evident as they organized a press conference, offered complimentary transportation to and from the airport, and facilitated transportation and passes to the various natural sites visited during the tour.
The Dominica Cycling Association played a pivotal role in ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all participants, arranging ambulance services and police escorts, and securing live media coverage from prominent local media houses. They also organized a community project, the painting of the Infirmary in Roseau.
Brian Scotland, President of Peddlers Cycling Club, expressed his gratitude for the exceptional support:
“The enthusiasm and collaboration displayed by the Government of Dominica and the Dominica Cycling Association have exceeded our expectations. We are thrilled to have fostered such strong partnerships and look forward to future endeavors in Dominica.”
Tour De La Dominique’s sponsors included Jenny Gear, National Petroleum, Angostura Chill, G4S, Lindo Mart, Trois Piton Water, La Flamboyant Hotel, Discover Dominica Authority, and Gabriel and Sons from Dominica and Trinidad.
The overwhelmingly positive feedback from the cyclists and their families was a testament to the tour’s success. Participants were captivated by the stunning landscapes, the local communities’ warmth, and the event’s seamless organization.
As Tour De La Dominique concluded, its impact resonated far beyond the cycling community. The Minister of Sports has engaged Brian Scotland in discussions to establish an annual cycling event in Dominica, recognizing the tour’s success in promoting healthy lifestyles, cultural integration, and forging connections between nations.
The tour has left an indelible mark on the island, promoting a love for cycling and showcasing the beauty of Dominica’s natural wonders to a wider audience. Peddlers Cycling Club’s journey through Dominica exemplified the power of sports and cultural integration, leaving participants and spectators alike with memories to cherish.
As the club looks ahead to future endeavors, Tour De La Dominique will forever hold a special place as a testament to the beauty of cycling and the enduring bonds formed between Trinidad and Dominica.