Frequently Asked Questions - Tour de Tonka
General Event Questions
Is Tour de Tonka a ride or a race?
Tour de Tonka is a ride, it is NOT a race. Ride safe and respectfully.
- Do not cross the center line.
- TDT helmet stickers and wristband must be worn at all times.
- Riders may not be three or more riders wide at and after the 5-mile mark of the start of your ride.
Is the route closed to traffic?
No. Numerous volunteers, city and county police departments, state patrol, 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.
Tour de Tonka gladly invests over $22,000 annually in route safety. This amount goes to Police and Fire Departments and security company staff for the event. An additional $2,800 goes toward city and county permit costs for a safe and legal ride.
Each year part of your registration fee goes to these two key components of the event. Thank you for helping us honor the fine men and women who keep this event safe each and every year.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes, helmets are mandatory.
Are e-bikes allowed?
Yes, Class 1 e-bikes are the only type of e-bike allowed. Class 1 e-bikes are classified as pedal-assist only, with no throttle and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. They will not move without pedaling. Class 1 e-bike riders seen riding unsafely and/or too fast in or near other bicycle riders may be asked to change their riding habits, or to discontinue their participation in TDT immediately. If other classes of e-bikes are seen at TDT, they will be asked to find another bicycle or discontinue their participation in TDT immediately. Class 1 e-bikes are allowed. Class 1 e-bikes are classified as pedal-assist only, with no throttle and have a maximum assisted speed of 20 mph. They will not move without pedaling.
Do I need to wear event identification?
Yes, all Tour de Tonka Riders must wear a helmet sticker and wristband. 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. Wristbands 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. The wristbands need to be shown to rest stop staff. They grant you snacks, beverages, etc. Thank you for your cooperation.
Will there be rest stops along the route?
Yes. There are 10 rest stops along the routes that include refreshments and snacks and music! Click on routes link on this page to see where the rest stops are.
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 in to 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 bicycle trailers allowed in Tour de Tonka?
Yes, children 5 and under in bicycle trailers ride free.
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!
Can I donate to the ICA Food Shelf on the day of the ride?
YES! TDT has raised over $90,000 for the ICA Food Shelf in 13 years. Riders are encouraged to donate at any time on or before the day of the ride. To make an online donation, visit www.tourdetonka.org and click on “Register Now” 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 6. 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.
Can I register the day of, or the day before the ride?
Yes. Onsite registrations will take place at MHS during pre‐ride packet pick‐up on Friday, August 4 from 9 am to 6 pm, and the morning of the ride on Saturday, August 5 per the schedule below:
|16, 30, 36, 42-mile rides||Minnetonka High School||5:45-7:10 am|
|71 & 100-mile ride||Clear Springs Elementary||5:30-6:45 am|
No refunds or transfers are allowed for any reason at any time including ride cancellation.
Tour de Tonka reserves the right to delay the start of the event or to cancel the event. The safety of all riders is our primary concern. While we recognize the aspirations and commitment of those that have prepared for the ride, we will make decisions about the ride based on the participation population as a whole. Conversations that could lead to the cancellation of the event will be made in cooperation with local law enforcement. In the event of a forced cancellation of Tour de Tonka, the financial impact on the event would be the same as if it were held. Refunds or future credits will not be given if the event is cancelled.
RIDE DAY QUESTIONS
What time is pre‐ride packet pick up on Friday, August 4?
Pre‐ride packet pick‐up is all day on Friday, August 4 from 9 am to 6 pm at the MHS 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, August 5 per the following:
Packet Pick-Up Starts
16, 30, 36, 42-mile rides
Minnetonka High School
71 & 100-mile ride
Clear Springs Elementary
Avoid the crowds and take advantage of pre‐ride packet pick‐up on Friday, August 4 from 9 am to 6 pm at Minnetonka High School.
Where can I park on event day?
Parking is available at Minnetonka High School, Clear Springs Elementary and the Minnetonka Community Ed Center. To ensure a spot, we recommend arriving early. Clear Springs parking will open at 5:15 am, Minnetonka High School and Minnetonka Community Ed Center will open at 5:30 am.
Where is Minnetonka High School?
18301 West Highway 7
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Where is Clear Springs Elementary?
5701 Highway 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345
Clear Springs Elementary is 1.2 miles from Minnetonka High School.
What time do I need to be in my distance area (16, 30, 36, 42, 71, 100) of the Bike Corral?
- For the 16, 30, 36, and 42 Mile Riders: The bike corral at Minnetonka High School will be open and ready for you and your bicycle at 5:30 am. For your convenience, and that of other riders, we encourage you to be in the corral no later than 7:15 am.
- For the 71 & 100-Mile Riders: The bike corral at Clear Springs Elementary will be open and ready for you and your bicycle at 5:30 am. For your convenience, and that of other riders, we encourage you to be in the corral no later than 6:45 am
What phone number do I call if my bike breaks down?
Call Tour de Tonka Headquarters @ 952‐401‐6800. This phone number will be answered all day on Saturday, August 5, from 6 am to 5 pm.
Tour de Tonka Rider Code of Conduct
- I understand that Tour de Tonka is a ride; it is not a race.
- I understand that riders have a wide variety of skills from rookie to experienced.
- I will ride carefully and I will watch my children.
- I will line up and start with my ride group.
- I will obey all Tour de Tonka Event personnel.
- I will adhere to the laws and rules of the road and trails.
- I understand this is not a closed course.
- I promise to stay to the right and respect vehicle traffic.
- I will be respectful of all non-Tour de Tonka riders, runners, walkers and all who share the road or the trail.
- I will wear proper Tour de Tonka event identification (helmet sticker & wristband).
- I will arrive to the event prepared to participate safely. I will bring a helmet and a bicycle in good working condition.
- I will stay on the marked Tour de Tonka route and respect all personal property along the route.
- If I become aware of riders in distress, safety issues or concerns, I will call Tour de Tonka Headquarters, 952-401-6800.
- I understand events like this are not easy to coordinate, and they need the support of all riders.
- I will be safe and on my best behavior to ensure the sustainability of Tour de Tonka.
Thank you to our Amazing 2023 TDT Sponsors!
2023 Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Please contact Tim Litfin. Thank you.