The Rotary Club of Northville (www.northvillerotary.org) has been serving the community and promoting harmony and goodwill throughout the world for over ninety years. The 8th annual “2021 Tour de Ville Benefit Bike Ride” on October 2, 2021 starting and ending in Northville, is our major fund raising event for the year. In our first seven years we've attracted over 2,300 riders. We've raised over $120,000 for charities and causes such as the Rotary International Foundation, Kids Against Hunger, local scholarships, student exchange programs, Little Free Libraries, Shelter Box, Life Remodeled and local food banks.
About the 2021 Tour de Ville (www.facebook.com/tourdeville) :
The Tour de Ville benefit bike ride is a family oriented event and not a race. All routes begin and end in Historic Northville, Michigan at the Living and Learning Enrichment Center. Our routes include a 10 mile family ride and variable length (10-30 miles) ride that travel exclusively along the historic Edward Hines Drive. We also have a 54 mile route (for the seasoned rider) that follows a South West route through Dixboro and Whitmore Lake. This year, we've added a scenic gravel route that winds along several back-country roads west of Northville.
In addition to the in-person rides, we are also offering a Virtual Ride option, as in 2020. You get to arrange the day, route, and length, then sign up through the registration form to make your donation of $30. All Virtual riders will receive a T-shirt after the event date of October 2nd.
Amid the optimism, it is as important as ever to follow safety precautions to stop the spread. We will be following the MHHDS and the CDC guidelines recommended at the time of the ride. Currently, we expect that masks will be required at the start of the ride, rest stops and when stationary, unless eating or drinking. Wearing masks continues to be the most effective tool to mitigate the virus, and we urge each of you to get vaccinated when you are given the opportunity. Your health and well-being - and that of our members and volunteers - will remain central to our mission in the months and years to come. To the incredible frontline health workers, who are administering vaccines and continuing to care for us all, we thank you.
This fully supported ride includes:
Please join us on this fun and healthy ride and support our local communities – click on the Register page to sign up now.
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Tour de Ville is a benefit bicycle ride and not a race. No timing equipment will be available. No rider times will be recorded or provided.
All routes start and end at Living and Learning Enrichment Center, 801 Griswold Street, Northville, MI 48167. Rider registration, sponsor displays and pre-registered rider packet pickup will be located at the Living and Learning Enrichment Center. We also plan to have a manned table explaining what Rotary is all about. Come and be part of our organization!
Registration the day of the ride opens at 7:00 am, Saturday, October 2nd, 2021. The Tour de Ville course opens at 7:00 am (ALL Riders, regardless of route need to be on the course by 9.30 am). At 12:00 pm ALL route services, that means SAG Wagons and Rest Stops, will cease. Please note ALL riders need to be registered BEFORE heading out on their cycle. Please do not arrive earlier than 6:30 am or start before 7:00 am. , The "Group Start" times will be 7:30 am, 8:30 am, and 9:00 am. Remember, you are more than welcome to ride on your own, or with your group, friends or family. The Tour de Ville lunch will be served between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm in the entertainment tent.
Safety, Decorum and Rules: Every year, the communities along Hines Drive and throughout the down-river communities share their roads and parks with bicycle riders, runners, skaters and walkers. Although Hines Drive is well-known for it’s wide bike lanes on either side of the roadway, riders need to be aware of the cars and traffic on the roads in both directions to ensure safety and to be respectful of guests in these local communities. The mark of a safe and effective cyclist is to show respect for and awareness of the surroundings, including weather, road conditions, and others using the road. We request all TdV riders follow these basic guidelines: Carry your own personal identification and emergency contact information while riding. You must wear an approved and properly-fitted helmet and buckle the chinstrap whenever you're on the bike. Obey all traffic laws and stop at all stop signs. Like motorists, you can and will be ticketed if you fail to obey traffic laws. Always ride with the traffic and never ride more than two abreast. Ride as far to the right of the road as safe to do so. Move right and ride single-file when cars or other cyclists are behind you and need room to pass. Use appropriate hand and verbal signals when passing, turning or stopping to let motorists and other cyclists know what you're going to do. When coming up on slower riders, always alert them before you pass. Pass on the left and never pass on the right. If you don't alert them, a startled rider may crash and take you with them. Make sure intersections are clear before crossing. No cell phone calls, headphones or text messages are allowed while riding. Pull over and stop if you have to take a call or to read/send a text. If you have to stop for anything, be sure to move yourself and your bike completely off the pavement. If you don't, other riders behind you will be forced out into traffic to get around you. Rearview mirrors are recommended. Always carry your wrappers and garbage with you. "Take only pictures. leave only footprints". There will be plenty of places to off-load your refuse along the bike route.
"RIDE RAIN OR SHINE" The Tour de Ville ride will go on, rain or shine. Decisions about any other inclement weather affecting the ride will be made the evening before and on the day of the ride.
The Tour de Ville is e-bike friendly. Please feel free to ride your e-bike on any of our courses!
Please email any questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to take a copy of the Map/Route with you, please make sure you print it before you leave. We do plan to have a large map(s) showing all routes in detail and someone available on-site to explain the routes to anyone not familiar with the area.
For returning sponsors, we really appreciate your past level of support of the Tour de Ville. This event and the charities we support would not be possible without your generous contributions. For new sponsors, welcome to our site. Please read below for some good reasons to sponsor our event, as well as a description of our Tour de Ville marketing campaign and sponsor benefits.
Why sponsor the 2021 Tour de Ville?
1. Support/engage in the community where you do business and learn about Rotary
2. Advertise your brand/business within the local community/region via our event marketing campaign (Please see the chart on the Sponsors' Application for the levels of advertising associated with each level of sponsorship)
3. Recognize a work team, associate, customer or supplier with one of your free rider registrations or event T-shirt
Event Marketing Details
1. The event is promoted in the Michigan 2021 Ride Calendar – an annual publication
2. The event is also marketed via Facebook and on the Tour de Ville website
3. The event will be featured in local publications
4. Presenting, Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors will be featured on event marketing promotions. You can also display your brand via banners, info table/booth on the day of the event. All qualifying sponsors will have their logo featured on the event T-shirt.
Sponsorship Levels and Benefits
The sponsor levels, benefits, and brand (logo) exposure associated with the various levels of sponsor support may be found on the Sponsors' Application attached below. Briefly, as a sponsor, and depending on your level of support, the benefits include:
1. Your logo may appear on the Event T-shirt, event website and promo materials (see Sponsors’ Application for details)
2. Free rider registration(s) ($40 value each) - Platinum Sponsor (10 free registrations), Gold Sponsor (8 free registrations) Silver Sponsor (4 free registrations) and Bronze Sponsor (2 free registrations)
3. Opportunity to set up banners, info table/booth on the day of the ride if beneficial for your business. Space is limited. First come, first serve.
We recommend that you treat your support as a Marketing/Advertising expense for accounting purposes.
Finally, please complete the Sponsors' Application found below and return it to the Northville Rotary Club as explained on the application.
For Sponsor questions or suggestions, please email email@example.com.
The sponsor levels, benefits, and brand (logo) exposure associated with the various levels of sponsor support may be found on the Sponsors' Application.
Here are some frequently asked questions.
The cost of the ride will be $45, if you sign up in advance (Prior to Midnight on Thursday, September 30th, 2021), or $55 on the day of the event. Students under 21 pay $25 for all rides. Children 12 and under will pay $10, but will not receive a T-shirt.
Cyclists can minimize potential problems by having themselves, their bikes and their tires in good condition for this ride. Every rider must wear a helmet. Highly recommended accessories to take with you would be a pump, a patch kit, an extra tube, on-the-road tools, a light jacket, sunscreen, and extra water bottles. You should know how to fix a flat tire and how to do your own minor repairs. It's very important your tires are correctly inflated before you start the ride. Recommended tire inflation pressures should be stamped somewhere on the side of the tire. A tire that hasn't been fully inflated in the last 24-48 hours could easily loose enough pressure to puncture on the next bump or hole. Although the longer Hines Drive ride (10-30 miles), 38 and 54 mile routes can be used as a "stretch goal" for riders wishing to up their level of riding, it's important that those "stretch" riders have confidently ridden at least 75% of that new distance in the weeks shortly before this ride.
Parking will be available on-site at the Living and Learning Center and Marshalls will direct riders to a parking space on arrival.
Registration opens at 7:00 am. The TdV course will open at 7:00 am. All riders must start their route by 9:30 am. SAG Wagon and Rest Stops will be shut down at 12:00 pm.
Our sponsor D&D Bicycles will be providing free maintenance checks on site. These safety inspections before the ride have been greatly appreciated by riders who obviously want to protect their valuable bikes.
Yes, there will be rest stops on the routes. SAG (Support And Gear) vehicles will circulate along each route. Your wrist band will have a number you can call if you need SAG Support. In the event of a breakdown, you will be picked up. There will be no on the road repairs done by SAG wagon personnel.
In case of an emergency, call 911. Any other problem, wait for the SAG wagon or call the number on your wrist band.
No worries! We'll feed you lunch when you finish. On site, you'll receive a wrist band in your registration packet that is your admission ticket to the lunch line. You can pre-order extra lunches and T-shirts for yourself or those family members on the website registration form. We'll also have snacks, energy foods, water coolers for you to refill your drink bottles at the rest stops along the way.
Tour de Ville is a 100%, non-profit benefit bicycle ride. Proceeds will go towards The Rotary Foundation (e.g. world eradication of polio, clean water projects in third world countries...) and the Rotary Club of Northville (e.g. local charities, scholarships, local exchange student programs, city beautification, Little Free Libraries, Life Remodeled...). Part of the proceeds will also benefit Kids Against Hunger events, which allow Northville and Detroit students to work side-by-side packaging meals for hungry people locally and around the world.
One staffer coined an appropriate spoonerism response: the Tour de Ville will go on, "RIDE OR SHINE" (aka rain or shine)! Read your favorite weather forecast the night before and plan accordingly. In the case of cooler weather, be sure to dress in layers so you can remove and stow a layer as you warm up. As the saying goes "It's better to have the clothes and take them off, than to not have the clothes and be cold all day". While riding, watch yourself and remove a layer when you get warm. You can easily overheat with too many layers and the results can be at the least, uncomfortable. Be sure to pull over out of the bicycle lane and stop when removing layers. Do not block the lane.
We truly hope you will make this a family outing and bring along your children. All children on the ride must wear helmets and be accompanied by an adult! Children 12 and under are only allowed on the 10 Mile course. The cost for children 12 and under will be $10 which will include the ride and food (but no T-shirt).
For the non-riders, additional lunch and drink tickets can be purchased during rider registration, or on the day, so the whole family can also enjoy the live music and Beer/Water tent.
The cost of the ride will be $45, if you sign up in advance (Prior to Midnight on Thursday, September 30th, 2021). The ride cost will increase to $55 on the day of the event. Students under 21 pay $25 for all rides. Children 12 and under will pay $10 and will not receive a free T-shirt. Click here to email any questions or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.