Fall de Tonka - September 26, 2021
Thank you to everyone who participated in Fall de Tonka!
Join us for a bike tour of our beautiful community during fall color season. Choose between an 18 or 28-mile ride through Excelsior, Shorewood, Greenwood, Minnetonka, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, and Chanhassen. Be in the Minnetonka Community Education bike corral at 11:30 am for a 12 pm start.
Due to current MDH guidelines of 250 people total at an outdoor event, our rider limit for this event is 225. We will have a socially distanced bike corral and we will meter riders in and out of the start site and rest stops to prevent congregating. Each rider will get a Tour de Tonka facemask and a long-sleeve t-shirt. T-shirts will be first come first serve on sizing.
COVID-19 continues to impact MCE greatly. Thank you for your participation in this event. Your additional donation on the registration page of any amount will help MCE continue to provide excellent programming today and into the future.
Youth = $49 (15 and under)
Adult = $59 (16 and up)
No refunds or transfers are allowed for any reason at any time including ride cancellation.
9 am -6 pm Friday, September 25 and starting at 10:30 am on Sunday, September 27 at Minnetonka Community Education Center
Rider Information - Please Read
COVID Response Plan
In accordance with MDH guidelines, the Fall de Tonka COVID response plan is posted and available to read on our website here. All riders, staff, and volunteers will be asked to complete our COVID Screening Form the morning of the ride. You may download and print it here; there will also be copies available at the COVID screening tent. The ride is limited to 250 people inclusive of onsite staff and volunteers at MCEC with a max number of 225 riders. Strict temperature taking, social distancing and mask protocols will be in place. Please read the details below.
Packet Pick Up
Rider packet-pick up will be available Friday, September 25, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. as well as the morning of the ride, Sunday, September 27, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in an effort to spread out participant arrival and provide for appropriate social distancing in our lobby area at MCEC. We also ask that participants send only one member of the household to pick up packets for the group when possible. There will be no same-day registration. The ride is sold out.
All riders, no exceptions, must first go to the COVID Screening Station after they park. The station will be located in a tent outside the main entrance (Door 1E). Once you have turned in your screening form, had your temperature taken and received your wristband, you may return to your car to get your bike, enter the building for the apparel sale and to pick up your rider packet, or proceed to the bike corral. Carpooling is discouraged to and from the event with anyone outside of your household. If you ride your bike to the event you will be asked to park your bike outside the bike corral before going to the bike corral or the COVID screening tent.
Screening & Wristband
MCE will require all riders, employees,volunteers and guests to complete a self-screening form and have their temperature checked the morning of the event at the screening tent. All riders, volunteers, staff and vendors must have a wristband on in order to enter the bike corral and participate in, or work at this event. No exceptions. The wristband is only given out after you pass the mandatory temperature screening.
Riders - please do not mix between household groups when in the bike corral or at rest stops. Social distance markings and signage will be provided in the bike corral, indoors at MCEC and at rest stops. Individuals will be asked to stay at least 6 feet apart to abide by MDH guidelines. Face coverings are required at all times with the exception of actively eating, drinking or riding a bike. We will start the event in various phases, metering riders out of the bike corral in waves. MCE will line up riders, by signs and by announcements, the self-identified faster riders first for each distance and the self-identified slower riders second. We will also be metering riders in and out of rest stops to prevent congregating. No more than 25 riders at a time in rest stops.Thank you in advance for your patience. Safety first!
Rest Stops and Ride Support
- There will be volunteers stationed throughout the routes, directing riders and keeping riders distanced and safe.
- Pre-packaged snacks and bottled water (to meet MDH guidelines) will be available at rest stops and at MCEC after the ride.
- SAG vehicles will be available in case of mechanical issues while riding - call the number on your wristband (952-401-6800) if you need support.
- There will be bike mechanics available at MCEC and at all rest stops.
- Scooter and Motorcycle riders will be on the routes to provide safety and security
- Minnetonka PD, South Lake PD, Deephaven PD, Eden Prairie PD, Chanhassen FD and the MN State Patrol will be stationed at high traffic intersections for safety. Please thank these awesome men and women when you see them.
- Porta Potties will be available at MCEC and rest stops.
- Maps of the routes can be found here and you can also use live maps at Ride with GPS. 18 mile and 28 mile.
- There will be live music all day at MCEC and DJ entertainment at the MME rest stop.
Minnetonka Community Education will be following all MDH guidelines in order to hold a safe and successful fall bike riding event.