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Sadly, the 2021 Tour de Parks has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. If you were registered for this event, click here for information regarding your options.
Thank you for your continued support of The Legacy Trail during these challenging times.
by Roger Normand
They gathered in the predawn Florida cold (60 degrees Fahrenheit) darkness at the Historic Venice Train Depot. Vehicles guided by volunteers to designated parking areas. Bicycles dismounted from their carrier. Final ABC safety check: “A” for Air in tires, OK; “B” for Brakes, OK. “C” for Cranks and Chains, OK. A quick healthy bit of fuel consisting of yogurt, muffins, fruit, OJ and coffee graciously provided by sponsor First Watch restaurant. A final potty call.
Event Director Bud Gaunce called out “Ride safely, ride courteously, and enjoy the ride.”
And as the sun peaked over the horizon, bringing the light and warmth of day, the first wave of 62 milers on the 2019 Tour de Parks launched north on the Legacy Trail. The 35 and 21 milers followed later in the morn.
950 riders signed up for the event, shattering last’s year’s record of 750! It all went very smoothly, thanks to detailed planning efforts and dedicated volunteers before, during, and cleanup after the ride.
True to its name, riders traversed parks along the Legacy Trail, venturing to Urfer, Rothenbach Parks. Rowers could be seen honing their skills as riders circled Benderson Park, site of international rowing competitions. Ocean vistas and dream homes line the newly paved route along Casey Key.
The Tour de Parks is a key fund raising event by both the Friends of the Legacy Trail and the Sarasota-Manatee Bicycle Club. About 100 volunteers help support the ride, along with area bicycle shops providing SAG support for mechanical issues. This year’s ride, like most previous year’s, was graced with light winds, low humidity, mostly blue sky, near perfect low 80s temperature. Perfect for hesitant riders trying their first cycling event, to seasoned cyclist using this as a first of the season’s long distance rides. A hearty lunch provided by Mattison’s greeted those at the finish line.
|Many thanks to all of our Sponsors, Volunteers, and Participants for making this year’s Tour de Parks a great success!
A Dark and Drizzly Start
But a Sunny and Glorious Finish!
The pictures from the ride are now online.
How did people feel about it?
Any of the pictures can be downloaded to your own computer.
Also visit (and like) our Facebook Page for additional pictures.
62, 35, and 20-mile scenic, fun rides!
Start and finish at the historic Venice Train Depot
303 E Venice Ave., Venice, Florida
Your entry includes breakfast, lunch, rest-stops, SAG support, and a technical Tee shirt for the first 500 participants. We are excited to be sponsoring this year’s ride with the Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club, along with past sponsors Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Sarasota County Recreation and Natural Resources.
You may register for the Tour de Parks with one of the following three methods:
- Register online and pay by credit card here,
- Register online at Active.com, or
- View the TDP 2016 Registration Brochure, then print, complete, and mail in the registration form.
|Breakfast||6:30 – 8:30|
|Catered Lunch||11:00 AM – 2:00 PM|
|Ride Starts||7:30 AM – 62 miles
8:30 AM – 35 miles
9:30 AM – 20 miles
|Rides End||2:00 PM|
|Friday, March 18th
4:00 to 6:00 PM
|Bicycles International (1744 Tamiami Trail S, Venice, FL 34293
| Saturday, March 19th
1:00 to 4:00 PM
| Real Bikes (581 US Highway 41 Bypass N, Venice, FL 34285
|Sunday, March 20th
From 6:30 AM
|Venice Train Depot
Need a Hotel Room the Night Before the Ride?
Bentley’s Hotel is offering Tour de Parks riders a special room rate of $125 for March 19th. To get the special rate just tell the front desk that you are with Tour de Parks when you make your reservation.
Custom 2016 Tour de Parks jerseys are available from Bespoke Kits.