|Tour de Farms|
The 2014 Tour de Farms was held in Shoreham, VT on September 21.
Full sunshine and temperatures in the high 70s greeted the hundreds of bicyclists who participated in the 7th Annual Tour de Farms on September 21.
Sept 15: Spectacular Cycling, Fantastic Scenery, and Savory Treats
at the 2013 Tour de Farms
Imagine bicycling in the lovely Champlain Valley with views of both the majestic Green Mountains and the Adirondacks. Imagine stopping at family farms along the way to sample delicious local foods. Imagine enjoying the company of your friends and family members as well as other great folks you've just met. Your imagination has painted a picture of the 2013 Tour de Farms, which will be held on Sunday, September 15. The 6th Annual Tour de Farms begins at the Shoreham Green where bicyclists will choose either a scenic 10- or 30-mile loop. Both routes feature multiple farm stops and lead bicyclists back to the Green in time to enjoy Apple Fest, a harvest celebration featuring live music, crafts, and, of course, a wide variety of mouth-watering local foods. Online registration is open now at www.acornvt.org and ends on September 9. Advance registration is $28 for adults and $13 for youths age 16 and under. Day-of registration is $50 for adults and $20 for youths age 16 and under. Children in trailers and tagalongs are welcome to attend at no charge. The Tour is a rain or shine event and no refunds will be issued. The 2013 Tour de Farms is made possible thanks to the generous support of Earl's Cyclery and Fitness, GMP Cow Power, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, City Market, Healthy Living Market and Cafe, AARP, the Addison County Regional Planning Commission,American Flatbread, Cabot Creamery, the Old Spokes Home, Otter Creek/Wolaver's,Terry Bicycles, and Woodchuck Hard Cider. The Tour de Farms is an important fundraiser for the VT Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Addison County Relocalization Network, so please make plans to attend with your family and friends. To see a collection of images from prior Tours, please click on "What We Do" above and scroll to "Events."
Tour de Farms’ Cyclists Injured by Drunk Driver
Together, the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) and the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) extend our sincere wishes for a speedy and complete recovery to the two cyclists struck by a motor vehicle at the Tour de Farms. The safety and wellbeing of all riders and participants is always our top priority, and the precautions taken at the Tour de Farms this year were entirely consistent with those of past Tours.
Around 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, a motorist from Shoreham traveling east on Route 74 struck three cyclists riding single file and heading west on Route 74 near Douglas Orchards. Brian Miller, 54, is alleged to have been impaired and has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence, injury resulting; two felony counts of gross negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle, serious injury resulting; one misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license; and two misdemeanor counts of violating the conditions of his release.
We sympathize with the trauma an experience like this can cause both for its victims and for its witnesses, and we are very grateful to the Tour de Farms participants who were first on the scene and first to help the injured; their courage likely saved two lives. We would also like to thank Shoreham First Response for their support of the Tour de Farms, and for their prompt action on Sunday.
Tour organizers have been in contact with the families of the injured cyclists, and we have learned, thankfully, that both are expected to recover fully. As of Tuesday, Sept. 17, both cyclists had been released from Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. We understand that both families are grateful for the outpouring of support from their fellow cyclists and the community. One of the families, who moved to Vermont from California only two weeks ago, has stated, “It's really amazing how much people truly care here, and it reinforces the fact that we chose the right place to make our home.”
The Tour de Farms organizers truly appreciate the support and assistance shown to everyone involved. We, too, are grateful to call Vermont home.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Click here for some great photos from the day.
Sunday, September 18th, 2011 - Great Riding and Great Food
This year's Tour de Farms attracted a record number of bicyclists: 581. It was a glorious day filled with sunshine, great food, stunning scenery, toe-tapping music, and the camaraderie of bicyclists having a wonderful time in the great Vermont outdoors. The VBPC and co-organizers Rural Vermont and ACORN are grateful to sponsors Earl's Cyclery & Fitness, Wolaver's Organic Brewery, American Flatbread, and the Vermont Fresh Network. Below are a few photos that give a glimpse of this special day.
To see more enticing photos and to read a great account of the 2011 Tour, please click on this link: http://threadvt.com/?p=390
A bicycling farmer's account of the first three tours can be found here:
The 3rd Annual Tour de Farms attracted a record high 567 participants. This event, which involves bicycling from farm to farm in Addison County and sampling food along the way, is a real crowd pleaser. Proceeds benefit Rural Vermont and the Addison County Re-Localization Network as well as the
Coalition. Thanks to Earl’s Cyclery and Fitness and Sovernet for sponsoring the 2010 Tour.
Sunday September 19
The second annual Tour de Farms, coorganized with Rural Vermont and the Addison County Re-Localization Network, attracted well over 500 bicyclists, more than double last year’s attendance. Perfect weather contributed to the excellent turnout. Eighteen farms offered goodies to the eager riders and the AppleFest that followed the ride provided music, crafts, and more opportunities to eat! The Tour de Farms will be back on September 19, 2010 so please mark your calendar now and head to Shoreham with your friends for a great time!