Frequently Asked Questions

Registration Questions

Can I register the day of, or the day before the ride?

Yes. Onsite registrations will take place at Minnetonka High School during pre‐ride packet pick‐up on Friday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and the morning of the ride on Saturday, Aug. 5 per the schedule below:

RidesLocationRegistration Hours
16, 30, 48, 57-mile ridesMinnetonka High School5:45-7:10 a.m.
65 & 75 mile ridesMinnetonka Community
Education Center
5:45-7:10 a.m.
100-mile rideClear Springs Elementary5:30-6:45 a.m.

General Event Questions

Is Tour de Tonka a ride or a race?

Tour de Tonka is a ride, it is NOT a race.

Are there any big changes to Tour de Tonka that I should be aware of?

Yes.

  • The 65 & 75-mile rides will be starting at Minnetonka Community Education Center at 7:30 a.m. and the 100-Mile Ride will be starting at the Clear Springs Elementary at 7 a.m. The 65, 75 & 100-Mile Rides will still end at Minnetonka High School.
    • Minnetonka Community Education is 1.6 miles from Minnetonka High School
    • Clear Springs Elementary is 1.2 miles from Minnetonka High School.

  • Riders may not be three or more riders wide at and after the 5-mile mark of your ride.

Can I donate to the ICA Food Shelf on the day of the ride?

YES! Riders are encouraged to donate at any time on or before the day of the ride. To make an online donation, click on “Register” button on this website to log‐in to the registration site.

ICA also accepts donations or non-perishable food items at the pre-ride packet pick-up on August 4, or on the day of the ride on August 5. ICA’s bulk buying program allows them to stretch the dollars they receive. A donation of just $5 buys a full bag of groceries for a family in need.

Is the route closed to traffic?

No. Numerous volunteers, city police departments, fire departments and private security companies will be on the route to help keep everyone safe and direct motorists, but none of the routes are closed to traffic. Tour de Tonka Riders must obey all traffic laws during the ride.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes, helmets are mandatory.

Do I need to wear event identification?

All Tour de Tonka Riders must wear a helmet sticker. There are two stickers you will get as part of your registration packet. Helmet stickers must go on both the front and on the back of your helmet.
These stickers identify you as part of Tour de Tonka and will give you admission to rest stops. As Tour de Tonka is not a closed course, helmet stickers also help Police Department and TDT Staff identify you on the route as part of this great event. The stickers leave NO residue and they are totally safe for your helmet surface. Thank you for complying.

Will there be rest stops along the route?

Yes. There are 11 rest stops along the routes that include refreshments and snacks and music! Visit our Routes page for details on your specific route and its rest stops.

What if my bike breaks down on the route?

Tour de Tonka is a fully supported ride. SAG vehicles are on patrol throughout the route and we have bike mechanics at the start of the ride and at all rest stops. If your bike breaks down on the route, stay where you are and call Tour de Tonka HQ at 952-401-6800. A SAG vehicle will be along shortly to pick you up. In case of an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Are pets allowed at or in Tour de Tonka?

No, safety is always a concern in any event. No pets or animals of any kind are allowed in the event or on school grounds as a spectator. Service dogs for spectators are the only exception and they have to be on a tight and short leash. Thank you for your understanding.

Can my family and friends stand along the route and cheer me on?

Yes, and we encourage them to do so!

Will Tour de Tonka be cancelled due to bad weather?

No. Tour de Tonka will happen rain or shine!

What is the refund policy?

No refunds: Tour de Tonka does not offer refunds on registration for any reason, regardless of personal circumstances. The financial outcome of the event depends on our ability to anticipate the number of riders prior to ride weekend. Thank you for your understanding and support of this unique and wonderful event.

No deferrals: Tour de Tonka does not allow riders to “defer” or carry over their entries for future years. Your registration is for this year’s ride, not a future year’s ride. Thank you for your understanding and support of this unique and wonderful event.

Race-Day Questions

What time is pre‐ride packet pick up on Friday, Aug. 4?

Pre‐ride packet pick‐up is all day on Friday, August 4, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Minnetonka High School West Gym.

What time does packet pick up start on Saturday, Aug. 5?

Packet pick-up will be available at your start location on Saturday, Aug. 5, per the following:

RidesLocationPacket Pick-Up Starts
16, 30, 48, 57-mile ridesMinnetonka High School5:45-7:10 a.m.
65 & 75-mile ridesMinnetonka Community
Education Center
6:00-7:10 a.m.
100-mile rideClear Springs Elementary5:30-6:45 a.m.

Avoid the crowds and take advantage of pre‐ride packet pick‐up on Friday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Minnetonka High School (MHS).

Where is Minnetonka High School?

18301 West Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Where is the Minnetonka Community Education Center?

4584 Vine Hill Road
Excelsior, MN 55331

Where is Clear Springs Elementary?

5701 Highway 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345

Where do I park?

16, 30, 48, 57-mile riders

    • Parking opens at 5:30 a.m. at Minnetonka High School
    • No neighborhood parking is available around the high school

65 & 75 mile-riders

    • Parking begins at 5:30 a.m. at:
    • Minnetonka Community Education Center (4584 Vine Hill Road, Excelsior, MN 55331)

100-mile riders

    • Parking begins at 5:15 am at:
    • Clear Springs Elementary/District Service center. Neighborhood parking exists.
    • Scenic Heights Elementary (5650 Scenic Heights Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55345)
Additional TDT Parking Locations:Address:
Frattalone's Hardware (west lot only)

5016 County Road 101

Minnetonka, MN 55345

Holger Dental Group

17601 MN-7 #100

Minnetonka, MN 55346

Old ReMax Building

18001 MN-7

Minnetonka, MN 55345

Primrose School of Minnetonka

17821 MN-7

Minnetonka, MN 55345

Meditech, Inc.

5130 County Road 101

Minnetonka, MN 55345

School of Music

17724 Old Excelsior Blvd.

Minnetonka, MN 55345

Kinder Care

17701 Old Excelsior Blvd.

Minnetonka, MN 55345

Stubbe and Associates

17710 Old Excelsior Blvd.

Minnetonka, MN 55345

No parking – we repeat – no parking at:

    • Ridge River Counseling Service
    • Ike's Restaurant
    • South Lake Pediatrics
    • Big Thrill Factory

What time do I need to be in my distance area (16, 30, 48, 57, 65, 75, 100) of the Bike Corral?

  • For the 16, 30, 48 and 57-mile riders: The bike corral at Minnetonka High School will be open and ready for you and your bicycle at 5:30 a.m. For your convenience, and that of other riders, we encourage you to be in the corral no later than 7:15 a.m.
  • For the 65 & 75-mile riders: The bike corral at the Minnetonka Community Education Center will be open and ready for you and your bicycle at 5:45 a.m. For your convenience, and that of other riders, we encourage you to be in the corral no later than 7:10 a.m.
  • For the 100-mile riders: The bike corral at Clear Springs Elementary will be open and ready for you and your bicycle at 5:30 a.m. For your convenience, and that of other riders, we encourage you to be in the corral no later than 6:45 a.m.

What phone number do I call if my bike breaks down?

Call Tour de Tonka Headquarters at 952‐401‐6800. This phone number will be answered all day on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m.

What are the rider safety guidelines?

Tour de Tonka
Rider Code of Conduct

  1. I understand that Tour de Tonka is a ride; it is not a race.
  2. I understand that riders have a wide variety of skills from rookie to experienced.
  3. I will ride carefully and I will watch my children.
  4. I will line up and start with my ride group.
  5. I will obey all Tour de Tonka Event personnel.
  6. I will adhere to the laws and rules of the road and trails.
  7. I understand this is not a closed course.
  8. I promise to stay to the right and respect vehicle traffic.
  9. I will be respectful of all non-Tour de Tonka riders, runners, walkers and all who share the road or the trail.
  10. I will wear proper Tour de Tonka event identification (Helmet sticker).I will arrive to the event prepared to participate safely.
  11. I will bring a helmet and a bicycle in good working condition.
  12. I will stay on the marked Tour de Tonka route and respect all personal property along the route.
  13. If I become aware of riders in distress, safety issues or concerns, I will call Tour de Tonka Headquarters, 952-401-6800.
  14. I will do my best to patronize sponsors of Tour de Tonka when I need services or products they provide.
  15. I understand events like this are not easy to coordinate, and they need the support of all riders.
  16. I will be safe and on my best behavior to ensure the sustainability of Tour de Tonka.

Thank you to our 2017 Major Sponsors!


Bridgewater Bank
Boyer Building Corporation
CUB Foods Minnetonka


Domino's
Invicta
Maple Grove Cycling


Park Dental
Subaru
Tonka Bay Marina

Our 2017 Safety Sponsors include:


Twin Cities Orthopedics
Minnetonka Medical Center

2016 Tour de Tonka riders posing with their bikes at the start