Tour de Tonka - Saturday, August 3, 2019
Tour de Tonka has become "MINNESOTA'S RIDE" in just over a decade's time
In just over a decade’s time, the annual Tour de Tonka bike ride has become a staple of the west metro community, growing from 819 riders in 2006 to nearly 3,500 riders annually. Riders from more than 166 Minnesota cities and 42 states have participated in the event. Countless riders from across the state tell us each year that Tour de Tonka is Minnesota’s Ride.
Who Rides in Tour de Tonka
“Bicycle riders participate in Tour de Tonka because it is pure fun,” Tim Litfin, Tour de Tonka Director, said. “All ages and all abilities– from families and recreational bicyclists to cycling teams and serious athletes can successfully ride and enjoy the beautiful scenery and be part of this highly organized event.”
Tour de Tonka Routes
Riders choose between eight distances from 16 to 100 miles. There are 12 rest stops along the routes, where riders enjoy food, live music, rest and conversation. Tour de Tonka’s routes move through 24 west metro communities– all of which showcase beautiful roads, trails, and scenic views of farms, lakes, and rivers.
A Benefit for the Community
Tour de Tonka partners with the ICA Food Shelf to give participants an opportunity to make an impact with their ride. A portion of each rider’s registration fee is donated to the ICA. Riders can also donate money or non-perishable food items on or before the day of the ride. Remaining proceeds support Minnetonka Community Youth Education and Early Childhood Programs.
Tour de Tonka 2018
Tour de Tonka 2018 was unfortunately cancelled. The week leading up to Tour de Tonka was full of nasty weather. Also, the weather forecast and radar models for Saturday morning August 4, 2018 called for thunder storms with heavy rain and strong winds all morning with more rain in the afternoon.
“The decision to cancel was challenging. I discussed it at length with my leadership team and law enforcement and determined that we could not put riders and volunteers out on the road in such adverse and dangerous conditions. It was evident that a cancellation decision had to be made,” said Tour de Tonka Ride Director Tim Litfin.
Prior to 2018’s cancellation, Tour de Tonka had 12 successful years dating back to its first year in 2006. Tour de Tonka staff is very grateful to the sponsors, the riders and the volunteers who have been extremely supportive and understanding. Thank you!
We look forward to welcoming all riders and volunteers to this great event on Saturday August 3, 2019. Mark your calendars – it will be a blast just as Tour de Tonka always has been. Thank you. See you in Minnetonka!