The Tour de Coast is  only one week away.

Local rider Melissa DesLauriers says it’s something she’s always wanted to do.

She says that the daughter of a friend of hers passed away at a very young age – which has served as inspiration to be a part of the tour.

DesLauriers says she expects the ride to be a tough journey, both physically and emotionally.

The tour begins a week from today and will be in Powell River next Friday.