Tour de Tonka - August 7, 2021
Watch the video below as a reminder of how great Tour de Tonka is…you might even see yourself. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, August 7, 2021.
Highway 7 MNDOT Construction in Shorewood and Minnetonka Will Impact Traffic Coming to the Start of TDT – Plan Ahead
Tour de Tonka announces major traffic news from MNDOT regarding the Highway 7 Construction Project in the Minnetonka, Excelsior and Shorewood area. There will be lane closings on Highway #7 the day of Tour de Tonka. That work will limit traffic to one-lane. Roads will not be closed, they will be limited to one-lane on highway 7. Expect delays in the Minnetonka, Excelsior and Shorewood area both westbound and eastbound on Highway #7. Take 101 from the north or south. Take Powers up from Chanhassen. Thank you for planning ahead.
Riders - Please take advantage of rider packet pick up on Friday August 6 at Minnetonka HS so that you are better prepared on the day of the event.
Here is the latest Highway #7 construction news as it relates to Tour de Tonka on Saturday August 7, 2021:
- East Bound Highway #7 will be single lane from 1000’ West of Christmas Lake Rd. to 1000’ East of Old Market.
- West Bound Highway #7 from 494 to Old Market will be single lane.
- The Old Market Road intersection with Highway #7 will be closed. However, MNDOT has agreed to open the south bound turn lane from eastbound Highway #7 for Tour de Tonka event day traffic only on Saturday August 7. That will allow some eastbound Tour de Tonka traffic to exit southbound on Old Market to get to Delton Avenue (frontage road) and proceed east bound to Minnetonka High School.
- The contractor has graciously agreed to not start work on Saturday August 7 until after the start of Tour de Tonka. This will help keep inbound Tour de Tonka traffic from being delayed by getting mixed up with construction traffic.
Tour de Tonka will start on time. The Tour de Tonka start will not be delayed because riders are stuck in traffic. Tour de Tonka advises all riders coming to the start of Tour de Tonka on Saturday, August 7, to allow plenty of extra time and to leave home early. Consider taking alternative routes to one of the three Tour de Tonka start sites. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
COVID-19 Vaccination Site
Minnetonka Community Education and Tour de Tonka are proud to partner with Hennepin County to
administer COVID-19 vaccines.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (following the Tour de Tonka event)
Minnetonka High School (large gym)
18301 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345
Pre-registration and walk-ins accepted (as supply allows). For help registering call 612-348-8900. Help is available in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong.
For more information, click here.
Tour de Tonka is "MINNESOTA'S RIDE."
The annual Tour de Tonka bike ride has become a staple of the west metro community, growing from 819 riders in its inaugural year of 2006 to nearly 3,500 riders annually. Riders from more than 166 Minnesota cities, 73 counties 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.”
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. Since 2006, Tour de Tonka has raised over $83,000 to support 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.
Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!
2022 Sponsorship Opportunities are Available. Please contact Tim Litfin. Thank you.