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Tour De Keuka

Tour de Keuka is an annual charity bike ride that benefits the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

Registration is OPEN!

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When

Saturday, July 20, 2019

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Where

Participants begin and end the ride in Hammondsport and travel around stunning Keuka Lake on a 17, 45, 60 or 100-mile ride through beautiful Finger Lakes wine country.

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Time

6am-5pm

What is the Tour de Keuka?

Tour de Keuka is an annual charity bike ride that benefits the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. To participate in a 17, 45, 60 or 100-mile ride, cyclists raise money to feed families struggling with hunger. Taking place in New York’s Finger Lakes region, participants begin the ride in Hammondsport and travel around stunning Keuka Lake.

One in 8 people in the Southern Tier struggle with hunger. Every cyclist raises enough funds to provide at least 450 meals for people in need in the Southern Tier, making a direct and significant impact on the life of a child, senior or family.

TDK logo - Tour de Keuka
Check out pictures from last year!

FAQs

Q: Can I participate as a team?

A: Yes! The registration form will prompt you to enter your optional team name at the bottom. If you’ve already registered, contact us at tourdekeuka@foodbankst.org or 607.796.6061 to be added to a team.

 

Q: What time do the rides start?

A: 100-mile Century Ride starts at 7:00 a.m.
60-mile Ride starts at 9:00 a.m.
45-mile Around the Lake Ride starts at 9:15 a.m.
17-mile Around the Town starts at 9:30 a.m.

 

Q: How many people can be on my team?

A: There is no team minimum or maximum! Invite as many people as you’d like to join your team.

Q: I see there's a fundraising minimum. Can I still ride if I don't raise that amount?

A: Tour de Keuka is a charity ride and all riders must meet the fundraising minimum for the route they are riding.

  • $150 minimum fundraising goal for 45, 60, and 100-mile ride for 18 and older
  • $60 minimum fundraising goal for children 5-17 years old
  • $60 minimum fundraising goal for the 17-Mile Ride  

 

Q: Can I fundraise as a team? How do team donations work?

A: Unfortunately, teams cannot create one team fundraising page on everydayhero. However, each team member can create an individual fundraising page and encourage donors to give to multiple members of the same team. Each individual team member has to raise at least $150 to participate.

Q: Can my child participate and ride with me?

A: Yes, children of all ages can participate in any ride. Children under 5 years old must ride on or be pulled behind a guardian’s bike. Children in trailers or bike carriers do not have to fundraise but will need to register and have a completed waiver. All children and teens under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Q: I registered to ride and now I have a conflict. Can you cancel my registration? Do I still have to meet the fundraising minimum?

A: Registration fees and donations are non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, your registration fee would not be refunded but you do not have to continue fundraising (although we would happily accept any donation!)

Q: What happens if there is inclement weather on the day of the ride?

A: This is a rain or shine event, and there will be no refunds granted. Cyclists assume their own risk if they chose to ride in inclement weather. We ask that all cyclists please use best judgment when deciding whether or not to ride. In the event of thunder or lightning, first seek shelter then call for SAG support to pick you up. The phone number will be provided on ride day.

Q: What happens if I can't finish my ride?

A: Please call SAG support to pick you up. The phone number will be provided on ride day.

Q: I'm from out of town. Where can I stay and eat?

A: The Finger Lakes have lots of great restaurants, hotels and things to do! The Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce, Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau, and Keuka Lake Wine Trail also have information on lodging and restaurants.

 

 

 

Q: Can I invite friends and family to cheer me on?

A: Yes, friends and family are welcome! There are several areas where they can watch you ride. There will also be areas for taking photos at TDK home base.

Q: Do I need to be able to change my own flat tire?

A: Assistance is available to fix flat tires. However, being able to change your own tires will prevent you from having to wait for assistance. We will have tires available, but be sure to stop at your local shop and pick up 1-2 inner tubes that are proper size for your bike.

Ride Route & Safety FAQs

Q: What time do the rides start?

A: 100-mile Century Ride starts at 7:00 a.m.
60-mile Ride starts at 9:00 a.m.
45-mile Around the Lake Ride starts at 9:15 a.m.
17-mile Around the Town starts at 9:30 a.m.

 

 

Q: What happens if I can't finish my ride?

A: Please call SAG support to pick you up. The phone number will be provided on ride day.

Q: Can I change the route I originally registered for?

A: Yes. Prior to the event, please email us as soon as possible. If you would like to change routes the day of the event, please see the registration table for assistance.

 

 

Q: Will food be available?

A: Yes, a complimentary catered breakfast and picnic dinner will be provided at TDK home base.

 

Q: Do I need to be able to change my own flat tire?

A: Assistance is available to fix flat tires. However, being able to change your own tires will prevent you from having to wait for assistance. We will have tires available, but be sure to stop at your local shop and pick up 1-2 inner tubes that are proper size for your bike.

Fundraising FAQs

Q: Can I fundraise as a team? How do team donations work?

A: Unfortunately, teams cannot create one team fundraising page on everydayhero. However, each team member can create an individual fundraising page and encourage donors to give to multiple members of the same team. Each individual team member has to raise at least $150 to participate.

Q: I see there's a fundraising minimum. Can I still ride if I don't raise that amount?

A: Tour de Keuka is a charity ride and all riders must meet the fundraising minimum for the route they are riding.

  • $150 minimum fundraising goal for 45, 60, and 100-mile ride for 18 and older
  • $60 minimum fundraising goal for children 5-17 years old
  • $60 minimum fundraising goal for the 17-Mile Ride  

 

Q: Who do I make my donation check out to?

A: Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Thanks!

Q:When will I receive the Tour de Keuka cycling apparel I earned through fundraising?

A: A custom coupon code will be sent to your email address for you to use in the Tour de Keuka online store. All swag items are expected to arrive at your doorstep three weeks after you place your order. The sooner you meet your fundraising minimums, the sooner you will receive your coupon codes! Fundraising closes on Friday, July 26

Q: I registered to ride and now I have a conflict. Can you cancel my registration? Do I still have to meet the fundraising minimum?

A: Registration fees and donations are non-refundable. In the event that you cannot attend, your registration fee would not be refunded but you do not have to continue fundraising (although we would happily accept any donation!)

Stories from the Road: #WhyIRide

Randy & Jenny Rhoads - Riding In Memory of Jenny Rhoads
Randy & Jenny Rhoads - Riding In Memory of Jenny Rhoads

Jenny and her husband, Randy, became the chairs of Tour de Keuka in 2003 as a way to share their love of cycling, promote the beauty of the Finger Lakes, and give back to the community. In that time, Tour de Keuka has raised more than $500,000 for area charities.

The Food Bank became the beneficiary of Tour de Keuka in 2015. Because of Jenny and Randy’s hard work, Tour de Keuka expanded and we’ve been able to feed many more people with the funds raised each year. This wouldn’t have been possible without Jenny and Randy’s leadership.

Jenny passed in February 2017 but Randy is still an ardent Tour de Keuka champion. In 2018, he completed a 50-day, 3,800-mile coast-to-coast ride to raise awareness and donations for Food Bank hunger relief efforts.

Ken Ryan, Food Bank staff member - Riding for a Healthy Heart
Ken Ryan, Food Bank staff member - Riding for a Healthy Heart

Ken, a Food Bank warehouse employee, has been cycling for more than10 years. In all that time, the only thing that kept him away from his bike was mitral valve repair surgery—and he credits his quick post-surgery recovery to cycling. “Cycling has helped me to think healthier, eat healthier, and just take care of myself,” Ken says.

Ken has ridden in Tour de Keuka since 2016, with a goal to feed as many people as possible. Before working at the Food Bank, Ken relied on food pantries, so he understands first-hand how great the need is. “Stopping hunger is the main reason that I like working at the Food Bank and it is the main reason I’m participating in Tour de Keuka; to raise money so that families and children in the community have enough food.”

Stacey Esslinger - Riding for Family and Happy Bellies
Stacey Esslinger - Riding for Family and Happy Bellies

Cycling is a family affair for Stacey Esslinger, husband Jason, and daughter Eliza. Stacy hadn’t ridden a bike since high school, but she started cycling in 2015 when her husband, Jason, began biking to work. “He eventually added a bike seat for Eliza to go on rides with him, and pretty soon they wanted me to come along also,” says Stacey. “It seemed like a great, healthy family activity.”

Their family participated in the Tour de Keuka Family Ride in 2016, and they’re proof that cycling with children is a great way to spend time together. “Although Eliza makes the ride a bit more work, it’s a lot of fun with her on the bike,” explains Stacey. “I might be thinking about the road and trying not to hit any bumps, but she is just announcing the view and enjoying everything she sees!” Stacey, Jason and Eliza’s team is Felicem Ventri, which means “happy belly” in Latin.

Margaret Johnson, Avid Cyclist and former Tour de Keuka committee member
Margaret Johnson, Avid Cyclist and former Tour de Keuka committee member

Margaret has been a cyclist for many years and first participated in Tour de Keuka in 2015 after a friend encouraged her to to get involved Prior to that, Margaret was actively involved with other local rides. She loves the feeling of freedom and happiness that cyclist gives her. She became a Tour de Keuka committee member in 2017, providing marketing and outreach assistance to help more riders like her, as well as younger cyclists, come out and join.

When asked why she supports the Food Bank, Margaret shares, “I am the grandchild of a nutritionist, and healthy food was always a big deal for my family growing up. My parents set a great example of being active in addressing human needs in the community. Also, as a professional program evaluator, I admire the effectiveness of the Food Bank model. I’m impressed by the research that says it works better, more efficiently than other ways to fight hunger.”

Margaret looks forward to riding in Tour de Keuka each year with her son Nathan and is a vocal fan of the ride to anyone she meets. “I thought if I’d seen one Finger Lake, I’d seen them all, but not so. Keuka is a real gem! I hope more and more people in the Food Bank’s service area will come enjoy this beautiful ride.” Thank you, Margaret!

For questions or more information email tourdekeuka@foodbankst.org or call 607.796.6061

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