Less Traveled roads
Gentle to challenging terrain
Great support & SAG stops
Rain or Shine
ride the river
IMPORTANT & NEED-TO-KNOW INFORMATION ABOUT THE RIDE (UPDATED 10/13/2020)
IF YOU ARE REGISTERED FOR THE RIDE, KINDLY READ THE ENTIRE MESSAGE BELOW SO YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.
Hello Riders --
We are really looking forward to the 18th Annual Lainie Weade Memorial Tour de Tugaloo Benefit Ride and hope you are too!
We have made several modifications to the procedures, logistics and execution of this event to be contactless and in accordance with Covid-19 recommended safeguards. Our volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves throughout the event. In turn, kindly return the favor by following the procedures and practices that we have put in place for everyone’s safety for this event.
DO BRING A MASK. With the exception of riding, WEAR THE MASK at ALL TIMES including at the drive thru check-in, picking up your shirt, maps, and goodie bags, at SAG stops, in a SAG vehicle, picking up the “to go” meal, etc...
DO BRING filled water and Gatorade bottles with you.
DO maintain social distancing at all times
DO sanitize your hands often --before and after visiting SAG stops, the” facilities”, and if riding in a SAG vehicle
Check-in / Ride Start Procedure
Use caution as you approach the venue. There may be congestion at times and cyclists may be on the road.
Drive through check-in is open 8AM – 10:15AM. There is no mass start. You may start your ride any time between 8:30 -10:15AM.
After you park, you can pick up your shirt, goodie bag, maps/ask questions about the routes at designated areas.
Be sure to keep your bib number, which you will get at check-in, with you always.
The 3 routes are color coded and marked with colors as follows: 22 mile-GREEN / 42 mile-BLUE / 60 mile-RED.
SAG vehicles will be patrolling the routes. If you are need of assistance, follow the emergency guidelines which will be given to you at check-in.
The course will be swept at 4PM so please plan accordingly.
There are 3 SAG stops where you can get snacks, water/Gatorade, a map if needed and use the “Facilities”
Kindly wear your mask, remove your gloves and sanitize your hands before touching anything
There will be a one-way directional queue for picking up snacks which are individually wrapped.
Bottled water will be available, and a volunteer will fill your water bottle with Gatorade in a contactless manner if you desire that drink.
We are unable to offer the “drop your gear and ride” service this year.
A boxed “meal to go “and water will be available when you return from your ride.
There will not be central seating available this year yet consider bringing a chair and enjoy the park and river scenery or venture to Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park, a short distance down the road where there are walking trails and beautiful river views.
As you exit the venue, use caution as there may be cyclists on the road.
We hope that you have a wonderful ride and enjoy the beauty that our area has to offer.
Proceeds from this ride support the Stephens County Foundation whose mission is to promote, preserve, educate, and create recreational opportunities at the Tugaloo Bend Heritage site, along the Tugaloo River and Historic Tugaloo Corridor. Learn more at https://www.stephenscountyfoundation.org
The ride is in memory of Lainie Weade, a fellow cyclist and the founder of the event who lost her battle to cancer.
This year we also remember and honor our friend, longtime volunteer and “Anonymous Baker”, Glenn Benzing who was tragically taken from us too soon because of injuries from a car accident.
In their memory we have two angels on the event shirt and in their memory….we ride!
Thank you for your support, understanding and cooperation during these challenging times. Be safe and keep the wheels on the road. We hope to see you next year for Tour de Tugaloo 2021 on October 16th!
Your Tour de Tugaloo Team
In loving memory of
our friend, longtime volunteer and "Anonymous Baker"
7.10.1956 - 8.12.2020
We miss you