Category Archives: Tour de Parks

Tour De Parks 2020 Cancellation and Refunds

Save the Date: The 2021 Tour de Parks Ride Has Now Been Scheduled for March 21, 2021 .

Dear 2020 Tour de Parks Registrant,

We hope this finds you and your family safe and healthy.

Friends of the Legacy Trail (FLT) and Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club (SMBC) have been working hard to determine what the best next steps are for this year’s postponed March 22nd Tour de Parks (TdP). We have surveyed Sarasota County leadership, vendors, volunteers, and riders, and we recognize that many people are not here in Sarasota during the fall. As a result, we have decided to move the event to its regularly scheduled weekend date of March 21, 2021. This will allow the maximum number of riders and volunteers to continue to make this event the exceptional tradition that it has become.

We realize that not all of us know if we will be able to ride next year, but hope that the majority of riders will be able to. We are proposing that all 2020 registrants roll this year’s registration over to next year’s event, and guarantee those who do so will get a shirt at next year’s ride. Please note that we will be using the 2020 t-shirts for the 2021 ride. The t-shirts cost more than $6,500, and as a non-profit, we cannot just toss them and start over.

  • If you do not want to keep your current registration and would like a refund now, all registrants can receive the $45-$55 TdP cost (depending on when you registered). (Note that we are unable to refund the added processing fees that were paid to Active Network.) If you later determine you are unable to ride on March 21, 2021, you may submit a refund request by March 1, 2021, and we will refund your money after the ride. Please contact Michelle Stanley at to submit a refund request.
  • Another option is to donate your entry fee to FLT/SMBC. Both groups do important work to promote and sponsor biking in the area. If you would like a tax letter noting this donation, please contact our treasurer, Michelle Stanley, at the above email address.

Thank you for your patience while we sorted out these details and thank you for supporting cycling in the Sarasota County area. Please stay safe.

2019 Tour de Parks shatters previous record participation

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.

Thanks to all who participated.  And a special thanks to all the FLT and SMBC volunteers who make this event possible.  See more FLT and SMBC volunteer opportunities.

2016 Tour de Parks Pictures

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
IMG_1492But a Sunny and Glorious Finish!


The pictures from the ride are now online. 

How did people feel about it?
The smiling faces tell it all!

Click Here to View Pictures

Additional Pictures by Andrea Seager

Any of the pictures can be downloaded to your own computer. 

Also visit (and like) our Facebook Page for additional pictures.


Tour de Parks 2016

TdP Announcement


 62, 35, and 20-mile scenic, fun rides!
Start and finish at the historic Venice Train Depot
303 E Venice Ave., Venice, Florida

CaptureEntry fees:
$35 before 2/20/16
$40 before 3/18/16
$45 3/18/16 and after

 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:

Ride Schedule

Registration Opens
6:30 AM
 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


Packet Pickup

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.
Click here for more details.

See also:   Ride Brochure     Map of Routes      Sponsor Agreement Form