It's a big anniversary for the 2022 Cambridge Tour de Grand.
The bicycle ride was originally created as part of the 1998 celebration of the 25th anniversary of the amalgamation of Galt, Preston and Hespeler forming the new city of Cambridge. It was to be a one-time event, but proved so popular, this year, it is celebrating its own 25th anniversary.
The 1998 ride had 672 registered riders and it has grown to anywhere in between 2,000 and 3,000 riders. This is a scenic, recreational ride throughout Cambridge and surrounding countryside - this is not a race.
There are eight routes to choose from including two gravel routes all with staggered starts. The ride is for all ages and abilities. For young or novice riders they can start at the 12 or 20km rides and for those who want the longest challenge can choose the 100km. The most popular route lengths are 50, 100 then 25. A nice 60 to 90 minute ride.
The Tour de Grand is a non-profit organization and has a long history of supporting local and international charities.
Teaming up with local Neighbourhood Associations in the Helmets for Kids program. Also assisting the Waterloo Regional Police in teaching road safety in the many Bicycle Rodeos are two ways they are giving back.
Introducing young kids to the joy of cycling will provide them many benefits. Not only is it a great cardiovascular exercise, it builds muscle mass to help them live a physically healthy life, but it also strengthens their emotional wellness. It's a great de-stresser for mom and dad, but is also a great way to bond with your kids. Think of the gas you will save!
A big shout out to the volunteers.
The Cambridge Tour de Grand would not be the success it is without them. About 275 volunteers are needed to make the ride a successful day. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on our website. High School students will receive credits for their volunteer hours high school requirement.
Just a reminder that helmets must be worn by all at the event. No baseball caps, headphones or earbuds. This year we are permitting assisted electric bikes. First 1,800 registered riders to receive free t-shirt. Free lunch, snacks and drinks provided.
See www.cambridgetourdegrand.com for further details. See you all on Sunday, June 12.