Cape Coral’s Tour de Cape set for Jan. 18-20
Tour De Cape Bike Tours postponed until Jan. 26 due to weather; 5K Run and Kid/Family Ride remain on Jan. 19
With the forecast calling for rain and strong wind this Sunday, the Bike Tour portion of the 2019 Tour De Cape event has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 26. All event elements including start times, lunch, rest stops and optional speed zone will remain the same on the new date of Jan. 26. Other Tour De Cape activities, including the Pre-Event Packet Pick-Up Celebration at Cape Harbour on Friday, Jan. 18 from 5-8 p.m. and the 5K Run and Kids/Family Ride the morning of Saturday, Jan. 19, will remain on the original dates as scheduled.
“While we understand the date change of the bike tours may be an inconvenience to some of the parties involved, the safety of our participants is the highest priority for this event,” said Todd King, special events coordinator, in a prepared statement. “With advance-notice that severe weather is expected on Sunday, we felt that moving the bike tour portion of the event would be in the best interest of the participants. We hope that everyone who signed up to ride or is planning to register will still be able to participate on Saturday, Jan. 26, hopefully under much better weather conditions.”
Due to the date change, pre-registration pricing for the Tour De Cape Bicycle Tours is being extended until 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. Check-in and day-of registration will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26. Participants can choose from 15, 30, 62 or 100-mile routes, followed by a buffet lunch at Fathoms or special menu lunch at Rumrunners. For more information and to register for the Bicycle Tours on Jan. 26, or for the 5K Run or Kids/Family Ride on Jan. 19, visit the Tour De Cape website at www.tourdecape.net or call Cape Coral Parks & Recreation at 239-573-3124.
Cyclists and runners from near and far will gather next weekend for the 28th consecutive Tour de Cape, a weekend event featuring fun for beginners to experts alike.
The scene-stealing Cape Harbour will serve as the backdrop and starting line for participants, as they embark on either the 5K run/walk and 3-mile Family Ride on Saturday, or are taking on the either 15, 30, 62 or 100-mile tour course Sunday.
“This is a great event that normally sees about 1,300 people come out, including lots of repeat participants, which tells us they really enjoy what we put on,” said Kristin Bean, senior recreational specialist for the Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Department, who organizes the weekend. “We have people come back from all over the state and beyond.”
The event wouldn’t be complete without a bit of pre-event fun and a kick-off celebration will be held at Cape Harbour on Friday, Jan. 18, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants can pick up packets, maps and T-shirts. Fathoms Restaurant & Bar and The French Press will offer discounts to those who show their event registration.
The 5K will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, beginning at 8 a.m.
A continental breakfast will be available for runners.
The 3-mile Family Ride will take off following the 5K at 10 a.m., as kids can ride for $10 (adult riders with children are free) and will receive a T-shirt and hot dog lunch.
Sunday will feature the Tour de Cape bike rides. Those making the 62/100 mile journeys will have an 8 a.m. start time, with the 15/30 mile riders pedaling away at 8:30.
The tours will be mapped out in the west and north sections of Cape Coral.
This is not a closed course event, but safety for the riders is a top priority for Bean and her colleagues.
“This event is very well organized, that being one of the reasons so many riders come back,” she said. “The route is well marked with signage, and there will be a police presence along the route, especially in high-traffic areas or busy intersections. We will even have law enforcement bicyclists leading the way, and we try to map our the best route to avoid problem areas and keep riders safe on our roads.”
The 5K and Family Ride are also surveilled by the Cape Coral Police Department.
Bean reiterated that the Tour de Cape is not a race, though cyclists can certainly time themselves.
“There is a new ‘speed zone’ challenge which will time your final mile, no matter which tour ride you sign up for. This challenge is a fun thing for you, the biker, to try! We will also note that all persons who opt to be timed become eligible for a prize drawing at the conclusion of the tour, but the bottom line here is the speed zone is simply a fun thing to attempt,” reads the events website.
There will be stops along the way for cyclists to rehydrate, refuel, or even use the restroom.
Friends and family can even track your progress via an app when you pass by timing stations along the route.
Registration opportunities for those interested will be available up until the day of the race(s).
Until Jan. 18, the 5K run is $20, Tour Rides are $40, and a combination of the two is $50.
Day of prices are $25 for the 5K, $45 for a Tour Ride, and $55 for both.
Shirts are “while supplies last” for those who register closer to race day.
A timing chip is also available for late applicants for an additional $5.
“This has become a tradition here,” said Bean of the event. “We have to put on events people enjoy, and our huge repeat participation numbers tell us this is one of them. You can come and run, walk, or bike with your family, friends, or even as a group.
“We really feel the aesthetics and location of the tour is what really keeps people coming back. We have experienced cyclists who tell us, ‘This is one of the most organized events I participate in.’ Even along the route we have some beautiful scenery to take in, not just when you begin and end in Cape Harbour.”
A lunch will be offered from Fathoms or The French Press for those cycling on Sunday, as well as massage chairs, music and beer.
“We like to make it fun for them when they get back, so they can relax a little,” Bean said.
Hollywood Bicycle will even be giving away a bike to a lucky child between 7 and 12 years old on Saturday.
“It’s a new year, and this event is a great, healthy start to it,” said Bean. “All are welcome to come out and participate.”
For registration information, as well as tour maps and general info, visit www.tourdecape.net.
Cape Harbour is at 5848 Cape Harbour Drive.
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