Feb 1, 2007 - Bicycling    Comments Off on Tour de Cure 2007!

Tour de Cure 2007!

Sign up for the Tour de Cure 2007!


OK, I’m going to repeat Bob Ward’s message, because he says it so well.  Either way, I can’t say it better.  This is one great ride, and I encourage you all to do it, and do something good for the American Diabetes Association.   One last thing, this is not a good beginner ride.  If you’re a beginner, do the Jack and Back in the fall.  It’s shorter, easier and you have more warm weather for training.

 Join the Harpeth Bike Club team for the 2007 Tour de Cure!

It’s time to start making plans for the American Diabetes Association’s 2007 Tour de Cure. Please mark your calendar for the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd and join the Harpeth Bike Club as we again sponsor a team for this awesome cycling event and to help support a very worthy cause. 

The Tour is going to have four options this year to appeal to every  level of cyclist. The first is the famous ride from Murfreesboro to  Monteagle and back. This is a two day event starting this year from the square in downtown Murfreesboro. The Tour then heads east through Bell Buckle and Wartrace. We stop for lunch in Tullahoma at the George Dickel Distillery and then continue on towards Sewanee. We end the day with the assault on Monteagle Mountain. Once we reach the top, we stay at St. Mary’s Retreat and Conference Center and take in one of the most beautiful and breathtaking views you will ever see on any bike tour.  This is worth the climb! We share food, fun and spirits that evening as we prepare for the return trip the next morning.  Day 2 begins with a hearty breakfast and an unbelievable descent from the top of Monteagle. We then wind through the towns of Decherd and Woods Lake before joining our original route back to Murfreesboro. The total mileage for the weekend is 154 miles – ~77 miles each day.

There will also be three other options for those who can’t commit to the whole weekend or just want less mileage. These will be one day rides of 22, 43 and 70 miles and will also start on the square in Murfreesboro. These out and back rides will follow the same scenic route as the two day ride, with a finish line celebration back at the square. And no, you won’t have to climb Monteagle!

Both routes are fully supported and rest stops will be every 10-12 miles. 

If you have never participated in the Tour and want to find out more, please contact me or find another club member who has ridden with us in the past. I know they will agree that it is a weekend you should not miss!  You can also find out more by visiting the ADA web site,

The Tour de Cure is an unforgettable cycling weekend. It is also an important fund raiser that supports a very worthy cause, the American Diabetes Association. As someone whose life has been directly affected by diabetes, I hope that you will join us June 2nd and 3rd.

Bob Ward

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