Welcome to my Tour De Rhody fundraising page! I can't tell you how excited I am to be participating in this annual event.
This is my first Tour De Rhody and I have signed up for the grueling (so I hear) metric century gravel ride. This 62 mile ride provides cyclists with a challenging course through the country hills and closed historic backroads surrounding the Scituate Reservoir.
Here's a peek at last year's metric century gravel ride if you want to get a sense of terrain, distance, and degree of challenge.
Tour De Rhody Gravel Metric Century 2021: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/37261299
More importantly though, Tour De Rhody raises funds that support local cancer research, a cause that everyone can get behind.
I invite you join me in contributing a small donation in support of this event. My fundraising goal is $500 and I will be matching $1 for $1, up to the first $250 in donations. Any amount is appreciated but small contributions, $5 or $10 for example, would be great.
UPDATE: As of Sep 09, together we've met and exceeded the original $500 goal and are sitting at $1585! That's so awesome. $1135 has come in through this PledgeReg site and I have contributed $225 through my corporate charity vehicle, getting an equal $225 matching donation from my employer. This isn't reflected on this PledgeReg site but the proper donation information has been passed to the Tour De Rhody team for tracking. Thanks for your generosity so far. Just amazing!
Oh, also, if you're free on Sunday, September 18, consider coming out to whistle, cheer or clang a cowbell for us riders!
Tour de Rhody #4
Tour de Rhody is a road and gravel cycling tour to support cancer research in Rhode Island. This year we will again start and finish at beautiful Salisbury Farm at 11 Peck Hill Rd. in Johnston, RI. The ride will take place on the morning of September 18, 2022, with a rolling start.
Rides range from around 15 miles to a full metric gravel century. There are pure road and mostly gravel (dirt roads that at time border on trails) routes. Routes can be challenging and the gravel routes explore historic areas around the Scituate Reservoir. These roads are closed to the public and the Providence Water Supply Board has graciously offered us one day access.
The ride supports the Lifespan Cancer Institute Office of Cancer Research (LOCR). The LOCR gives patients access to groundbreaking new immunotherapies and other new and emerging cancer treatments at various stages of diagnosis and across many cancer types.
In its first year in 2019, Tour de Rhody raised over $18,000 to support cancer research and in 2020 over $50,000. Last year we met our goal of raising $100,000 and with your support we can continue to grow.
Tour de Rhody has become a key fundraiser to support cancer research in Rhode Island. Since 2019, over $300,000 has been raised to support cancer clinical trials in Rhode Island designed through the Brown University Oncology Research Group. The Lifespan Cancer Institute graciously sponsors the event itself. Tour de Rhody supports investigator initiated trials, that is where physicians and researchers are the ones developing and designing the trials, that directly benefit Rhode Islanders. These trials lead to the discoveries advancing new cancer treatments and cures worldwide.