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2019 Tour de Red Rose

  

Well our 20 Ride Tour has come to an end and what a fun 3 weeks we had! I've enjoyed the Tour from it's very inception but this year was one of my favorites because I got to see the Tour through many of your eyes. I met many of you and rode with several more and my biggest takeaway is that we have a wonderful club we some really amazing people. 

This event would not be possible without the tremendous help from many of our members. I'll name a few but there were many more who helped our event run smoothly throughout the whole month of July.

First and foremost my amazing wife Sharon for putting up with me for months while I did the all the prep work for this years tour and helping me decide on prizes as well as being one of our punchers and cheerleaders this year.

To our punchers Judy, Carol, Sylvia and Dave on Sundays who were the Face of the Tour every day for our riders giving encouragement as well as punches daily.

Susan Ammons who was instrumental in making sure our routes worked and updated cues on the fly for me when changes were needed.

Justin Townsend for his big help with the design of the prizes as well as the punch card template.

Our President Dave Stauffer for his insights and support in letting me run the Tour how I thought was best. Also for helping to run our new 1PM Sunday rides and ensuring all our long weekend rides had pre-rides done.

To our numerous Pre-riders and Sweeps for the weekday rides. Not just doing it for the extra punch, many of them just wanted to help. You all helped make our tour run very smoothly.

Finally I want to thank all you riders for coming out and supporting the Tour. Whether you rode for a prize or for fun this event is for you and its worth all the time and effort as long as you enjoy yourselves.

Several people mentioned they would love to do something like the Tour in June and August. While we can't do anything of the Tour's magnitude all year long we can certainly keep the momentum gained from the tour going by getting together for more weekday rides. Sharon and I are looking into hosting a weeknight ride once a week for C and D riders. Feel free to post your own impromptu ride as well. We don't need to ride every night but options other then the usual weekend rides would be nice.

Finally let me hear your thoughts on the Tour and what you would like to see in the future. We can't do everything that's suggested of course but we can certainly look into any reasonable suggestions. The 1PM rides came from multiple suggestions, as did the morning weekday rides, so who knows you may have the next great idea for our Tour.

It was my pleasure to direct the Tour this year and it really brought a smile to my face to see that so many of you enjoyed it. Whether you rode for a prize or just came out for the heck of it thank you for taking part in our little Tour of Lancaster County.

Until Next Year, I'll See You On The Roads,

Mike White
TdRR Director

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Here is a sneak preview of this years Tour Jersey. Yours for completing 19 or 20 rides on this years Tour!

TdRR 2019 Jersey


Here is the 2019 Tour de Red Rose Schedule:

2019 TdRR Schedule
 

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The LBC Tour de Red Rose returns July 6th 2019 for it's 12th season. This popular club event mirrors the Tour de France and features 20 rides that will challenge your cycling skill and endurance.

 

Here are the important details to know about our event:

 

  • The tour consists of 20 club rides over a three week period : July 6th – July 28th

  • All rides will have a common starting point on a particular day

  • Rides will take place in a variety of locations throughout the county, please see our ride schedule or meetup for more details.

  • Weekend rides start at 8am and will have short and long distance options

  • New this year will be the option to ride Sunday afternoon @ 1PM for those with morning commitments. 1 PM Rides will be Show 'N Go (unless someone steps up to lead a ride) Punches for Tour credit will be available from 12:45 to 1:00 PM.

  • Weekday rides (Monday-Thursday) will start at either 8am for the morning ride or 6PM for the evening rides.

  • Weekday rides are show and go, the sweeps (last riders) will leave promptly at 8am and 6pm.

  • Weekday rides will vary in difficulty and generally mirror what is taking place in the Tour de France. As in the past optional Hilly rides will be offered on days the Pro Riders are in the Mountains.   
  • Friday is our designated rest day.

  • This years Tour Rides are open to everyone, but only registered LBC Members can win prizes. 

Become a Lancaster Bike Club Member: Join LBC!

Registration for this fun event will be $25 which gives you the opportunity to win fabulous prizes based on the amount of rides you complete. All riders are encouraged to participate in the Tour even if they do not wish to win prizes, but only LBC Members who register for the Tour will be eligible to win prizes. Your registration fee is refundable if you volunteer to help at the LBC Covered Bridge Classic ride in August. You may also choose to forgo your refund so your fee can be used by the club to serve our community.

Prizes:

19-20 Rides Completed:  2019 TdRR Short Sleeve Jersey
15-18 Rides Completed:  LBC Tech Shirt
10-14 Rides Completed: LBC Riding Gloves

To earn a prize you must register for the event and have your TdRR card punched before each of the rides you take part in. More details will follow as we get closer to the event. The 2019 Jersey design and additional prizes are still being planned. If you have suggestions for prizes or would like to help with the design of this years jersey please contact me at tdrr@lancasterbikeclub.net.

Any event of this size requires a lot of volunteers and we will once again depend on our members to keep our event running smoothly. Your service can even earn extra ride punches simply by signing up to sweep one of our weekday rides (2 per time slot) or you can pre-ride any of the weekday rides for an extra punch.

Please see our volunteer section for available openings:   Volunteer For The Tour! 

 

Be sure to check Google Groups, this website and Meetup for updated information on this year's Tour.

 

Don't miss out on this popular and fun event!

See you on the roads in July.

Michael White
TdRR Director



 

Adopt a Highway

The Adopt-a-Highway program was started back in 1992 by Harry Campbell [deceased] as a way for our club to give back to Lancaster County. We are expected to clean up Columbia Ave. from Donnerville Rd. to Rohrerstown Rd. 3 times a year. PA DOT supplies us with gloves, reflective vests & trash bags.

 Ice Cream Lovers Ride

As featured in Bicycling Magazines best ride for PA. On this 40-mile route, you can find killer ice cream at Bird-in-Hand Bakery (12 miles), Lapp Valley Farm (23 miles), and Oregon Dairy (36 miles), where scoops are sized calf, heifer, or cow.

Out of Area Rides

Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (SCU) maintains a great list of out of area rides. You can view that list by clicking here.