Tour de Creme

Tour de Creme 2017

Tour de CremeOn Sunday May 21, 2017, the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path will once again host the popular Tour de Crème, a fundraising event combining the SouthCoast’s fabulous cycling with a selection of its best ice cream shops along the route.  Approximately 160 cyclists and 75 volunteers participated in last year’s inaugural event.  If you want to see how much fun we had in 2016, see the pictures on our Facebook page.  The 2017 Tour de Crème promises to be even bigger and better!  If you joined us in 2016, we hope you will ride again this year and bring your friends.  If you are new to the Tour de Crème, welcome.

In addition to the fun, of the most important parts of this is that we are keeping participation affordable for individuals and families, while enticing our riders (and non riders too) to fundraise with some very nice incentives.  A quick ask for $25 earns the enterprising fundraiser a free tee-shirt.

Registration in Now Open!  Click  link to Register.

So Far

*26 registered for 50-miler

* 46 registered for 25-miler

* 17 registered for 19-miler (5 individual, 3 family)

*20 registered for 11-miler (4 individual, 4 family)

All proceeds raised in 2016 — over $5,000 — benefited walking and biking trails in Mattapoisett.  This year the Mattapoisett Land Trust will use their portion of the proceeds to help purchase the Hammond Quarry property on Mattapoisett Neck Road and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path will use their portion to help build a section of bike path to connect Mattapoisett to the Marion bike path.  You can support these causes by riding and participating in fundraising, by supporting a rider, or by donating directly to these causes.  To donate directly, you can use the Donate button to give a contribution by credit card or make out a check to the Mattapoisett Land Trust, P.O. Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.  Please write “Tour de Crème” in the memo line of the check so we can be sure the proceeds go to these two uses.  Thanks!

According to Bonne DeSousa:  Fundraising: I’m looking for a few riders to join me on the fundraising team “Team Elite”  Team Elite members pledge to raise $500 and earn the elite TdC Yellow Jersey.   If 8 more people join my team  together we will raise $5000.

This year we have a new feature:  We’ll have human powered smoothies (blended on the back of a bicycle) served on the 11 mile ride.

We also need volunteers to help put the event on.  It takes quite a few: teams at the start and at each creamery, we need ride “ambassadors”  People who will ride one of the routes and make sure that all of the riders have a great experience…break the ice for riders of similar speeds so they become comfortable riding together..

Businesses can get involved as sponsors.  All our major sponsor needs are met (Tee Shirts and Jerseys) . We are now building a line of sponsorship flags that will decorate the start (Town Beach AM)  and the finish (Munro Preserve  PM) Each 18×18 logo sheet  represents a $125 donation (5 for $500) and will fly on a festive line of colors along the fences there.

This year’s Tour de Creme sponsors include:  BOLD Moves Real Estate, Mahoney’s. Mattapoisett Boatyard, First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union, Nye Lubricants, OxCart, Chase Canopy and Velofix.

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This blog was posted on on March 28, 2017.