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Dear Tour de Troit Riders,
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we would like to provide an update as to where Tour de Troit, the organization, stands today, and how we plan to move forward. To maintain focus on the health and safety of our community, riders, volunteers, and staff, we are officially canceling the 2020 Tour de Troit. While we may not be able to all ride together in community this year, we are eager to share with all of you our plans to continue the mission of Tour de Troit - to promote and encourage health & wellness through bicycling and running.
This year, Tour de Troit will be hosting our first ever virtual ride! While we can't ride together for the 2020 Tour de Troit, we want to continue to promote healthy, active living through a series of four virtual rides this fall. The four virtual rides (each ride will be between 10 and 15 miles) will take place Sept. 1-Oct. 31, 2020 and can be done at your convenience. They will depart from Rouge Park, Alfred Brush Ford Park, Palmer Park and Roosevelt Park. As a non-profit, to help offset the financial loss that we have from the inability to hold the Tour de Troit, we have set a registration fee of $20 for each virtual ride. Your registration fee includes a t-shirt, mapping, photos and sound. As an added bonus, riders who do all four virtual rides will receive a free registration to the 2021 Tour de Troit! To sign up, visit www.tour-de-troit.org. We hope you will join us on these virtual rides, and that we see you in 2021 at all of our events.
While Tour de Troit produces Michigan’s biggest cycling event, our organization itself is a small, nonprofit with a big heart and a big mission – to promote a lifestyle centered around health and wellness, through activities such as running and cycling. We also take pride in our ability to introduce all you to important and often unknown parts of our city and its rich history. To date, Tour de Troit has raised more than $400,000 to support non-motorized infrastructure in the Motor City since 2005, including sites such as Southwest Detroit Greenlink and the Green Taskforce to name just a few.
We are so grateful to you, our riders, whose participation each year brings our community together to celebrate, while also helping us fund our bigger mission. We can’t thank you enough for your support.
Here are three options available to you regarding your 2020 Tour de Troit registration fee.
Support our cause: We hope that you will continue to support the Tour de Troit Community by donating your registration fee to support our organization. If we don’t hear from you by August 15th, your registration fee will automatically be converted to a tax-deductible donation, and you will receive an acknowledgment at year’s end. You have our deepest gratitude and will receive free admission to the Roosevelt Park Virtual Ride.
Defer registration: We hope that you’ll join us for a future ride, so you may use your 2020 Tour de Troit registration fee towards the 2021 event scheduled for September 18, 2021. Please make this request by August 15, 2020.
Request a Refund: We understand that these are difficult times, and if converting your registration fee to a donation or deferring to 2021 is not possible, please email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org before August 15th to request a refund of your entry fee. Once we’ve received all necessary information, you will receive your refund via the payment method used at registration.
We are already planning for Tour de Troit 2021 on September 18, 2021. We look forward to bringing together Detroit’s wonderful biking community together once again.
The 19th Annual Tour de Troit, set for September 19, 2020 is a bike ride that explores some of the city's historic areas, takes in many of its most breathtaking sights, and provides bicyclists a unique opportunity to legally “take over” the streets of Motown.
Tour de Troit is a leisurely ride of approximately 25.6 miles with police escort; sweeper- and SAG-support; three mechanic "pit stops;" and one rest stop that includes a snack and mechanical support. The main ride will take off at 9 a.m.
The Tour de Troit starts and finishes at Roosevelt Park in the shadow of the Michigan Central Station, located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Fourteenth Street in Corktown, Detroit. Michigan Avenue will have limited access to vehicular traffic on the day of the event between 14th and 20th streets at 7:30AM. There will be no parking on Michigan Avenue along the park, or anywhere in the park.
THE RIDE STARTS AT 9 AM. Line up into chutes starts at 8:30 AM.
ALL cyclists must be wearing their BIB and a helmet to ride in this event. Double, and triple check that you have the appropriate gear before leaving the house. To protect the safety of our riders, please note that no bags over 420 cubic inches (6.9 L) will be permitted on the ride. Be sure to bring a water bottle. We will have a water truck at the start/finish of the ride, as well as on Belle Isle. We will not be providing water bottles as we are committed to being a green event. You may refill your bottle as many times as you need.
Packet pick-up days are listed below. Pick-up will be at Tour de Troit offices.
September 16 from 12-5pm
September 17 from 11am-2pm
September 18 from 11am-7pm
DAY-OF PICK-UP: September 19 from 7-8:45am
Tour de Troit offices are located at 2727 Second Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
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