Lone Butte resident rides in the Tour de Cariboo

Lone Butte resident rode in her second Tour de Cariboo event

Lone Butte resident Suzanne McLean

Lone Butte resident Suzanne McLean

Lone Butte’s Suzanne McLean (Bruneau), who was raised in Lac la Hache, rode in the 20th Anniversary Tour de Cariboo bike ride, Sept. 8.

This 75 kilometre fundraising ride for the Big Brothers and Sisters of the Cariboo, made its way from the Cariboo Memorial Complex to Gavin Lake on the Horsefly-Likely Road.

It was McLean’s second time participating in the annual ride.

This year, she raised $550 towards the cause, McLean says.

“The ride was awesome.”

Along with 73 other participants, McLean’s younger sister, Nancy Frost, and friend Katie Chassee of Williams Lake joined the ride this year.

McLean began riding bike extensively as part of her recovery from a motor vehicle accident and she became hooked. “I feel free when I am biking”

McLean beat here time from two years ago by 20 minutes, completing the 75 kilometre route in five hours and 10 minutes, with the last rider coming in at seven hours and 47 minutes.

Riders were encourage and cheered on by everyone along the route. They had a police escort and flaggers stopped traffic at road crossings.

McLean says they saw a bear on route.