• Annual Tour de Parks Bike Ride Set for Sunday, March 24

    March 04, 2019
    Annual Tour de Parks Bike Ride Set for Sunday, March 24

    The annual Tour de Parks bike ride is set for Sunday, March 24. Sponsored by Friends of the Legacy Trail, the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club and Sarasota County, the ride is a fundraiser for the Legacy Trail, a Sarasota County Park, and its trail connectors.

    The family-friendly ride starts and finishes at the historic Venice Train Depot, 303 East Venice Avenue, in Venice. Participants have the option to do a casual 21-mile, 35-mile, or 65-mile ride along the Legacy Trail and to other parts of the county. The ride goes through or passes 12 parks along the route and provides a beautiful, scenic experience for cyclists of all levels.
    “This immensely popular ride gives cyclists an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, get to know the cycling routes in the area, and raise funds for an important cause,” said Bud Gaunce, event director and president of the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club.
    This is the ninth year of the ride, which raises funds to support amenities for the Legacy Trail, such as the four-wheeled surrey that helps mobility-challenged people get on the trail, as well as other enhancements and projects. Last year’s event had more than 775 riders.

    “This year will be especially fun as we recognize the passage of the bond referendum to extend the Legacy Trail further north into Sarasota and develop a connector to North Port,” said Gaunce. “The riders we have spoken to are thrilled with the extension of this wonderful trail in our community.” 

    The ride includes breakfast (by First Watch), lunch (by Mattison’s), rest-stop snacks, SAG support, and a t-shirt. Other sponsors and donors include Doctor’s Hospital, Jim Dodson Law, Trust for Public Land, Lucky’s Market, Whole Foods, Ride & Paddle by Siesta Sports Rentals, It Starts in Parks, Real Bikes, Bicycles International, Sarasota Cycle, Sharkey’s, Sarasota Cottages, POPcycles, Popi’s Place on the Isle, Trader Joe’s, and WC Sounds. More information about entry fees, registration, routes, and schedules can be found on the Tour de Parks web page at https://www.friendsofthelegacytrail.org/tour-de-parks-information/.

    Friends of The Legacy Trail, Inc. (FLT) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Sarasota. FLT exists to support, promote, enhance, and protect The Legacy Trail, a Sarasota County Park, and its trail connectors now and for future generations. It has nearly 1,000 individual, family, and business members.

    Sharon Donovan, Director
    (415) 328-6061
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