If you’re into bicycling, this is the time to be in Cape Coral, as our neighboring city stages the 29th annual Tour de Cape this weekend.
The recreational fun event – taken more seriously by some cyclists than others – include 15-, 30-, 60- and 100-mile courses throughout the northwest and southwest region of Cape Coral.
This year’s event kicks off with a 5K run (8:00 a.m.) and 3-mile Kids Ride (10:30 a.m.) on Saturday, followed by the course rides starting at 8:00 a.m. Sunday. Sunday’s main event includes a continental breakfast, lunch, on route rest stations with snacks and beverages, SAG vehicles, police support, and route maps.
The Gran Fondo (translated means “Big Ride”) website has vaulted the Tour De Cape cycling rides into their national schedule of rides that also includes Asheville and Boone, North Carolina in the Smokey Mountains National Park; Helen, Georgia; Malibu, California; Golden, Colorado and Logan, Utah.
Organizers will continue a new twist they added in 2018. A police officer with a radar gun will time cyclists for the final quarter mile, allowing cyclists to see how fast they can go and providing a fun ending for the many families riding together.
For more information, visit tourdecape.net.