Ready to ride but still have a few questions? Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help ensure you have an uncommonly good time!
Q: Where does the ride take place?
A: The TOUR de HOPE starts and ends at the WWI Memorial. There is roadside parking all around the venue however you will not be able to park in Memorial Loop.
Q: When does the ride start?
A: We have staggered start times to help ensure that all of our riders make it back to enjoy the post-ride party around the same time. The 54 mile route starts at 7:30. The 38 mile route starts at 8:30 and the 17 mile ride rolls out at 9:00.
Q: When is packet pickup?
A: There are three packet pickup dates and locations. Thursday 5/4, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at Midwest Cyclery. Friday 5/5, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM at Erik’s Bike Shop (Leawood). Saturday 5/6, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM at Coach’s (135th st location)
Q: What if it’s raining the morning of the ride?
A: The ride will happen, rain or shine, unless there happens to be lightning and thunder nearby. In that case, we’ll make every effort to guide riders off the road and under some shelter.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: While we have a bike mechanic on site at the start we recommend a comfortable road worthy bike for your intended distance. All riders must wear a bike helmet and a smile!
Q: How many SAG stops will be available and what can I expect?
A: SAG stops are available on each route, spaced at approximately 10-12 mile intervals. There’s one SAG on the 17 mile route, three on the 38 mile route, and four on the 54 mile route. At each SAG, you can expect fresh water, great food, energy drink mix, and bathrooms or porta-potties. At The Hope Center SAG and at the Martin City Brewing SAG at Mission Farms, you can also expect to see professional bike mechanics.
Q: Is a helmet required?
A: Yes, all riders are required to wear a helmet during the ride.
Q: What happens if I have mechanical issues with my bike?
A: We will have roving SAG vehicles on the courses to assist you to bring you back if necessary and Ride Marshals will be riding to assist you with minor repairs. Riders are provided with phone numbers of the SAG vehicles.
Q: What kind of bike do I need to bring? What if I don’t have a high-end road bike?
A: Any bike that you are comfortable riding will be perfect, but because we will be riding on pavement, a road or gravel style bike would be recommended.
Q: Are e-bike’s allowed on this ride?
A: Yes, provided you observe posted traffic signs and practice generally-accepted behaviors for cycling ‘etiquette’ and communications with fellow riders.
Q: Who is Mike Darby?
A: Mike Darby founded the TOUR de HOPE out of his love for cycling and his passion for helping others. Mike wanted to put on a cycling event that focused on having fun, no matter your skill level. After Mike’s untimely death, his family and dear friends continued to put on the event as a way to keep Mike’s vision alive and carry on passion for cycling and helping others. That’s why we continue to say “LiveLikeMike”
Q: Where is the money going that gets raised through this event?
A: All proceeds from the event will be donated to The Hope Center KC, where the TOUR supports youth development programs and special projects.
Q: Can I donate to the Tour without registering as a rider?
A: Absolutely! You can make a donation anytime. Close click here to make a donation.
Q: Where do we go on the ride?
A: There are three routes all of which take our riders through some beautiful scenic views and historic landmarks. For 2023, we have three routes; 17 mile, 38 mile and 54 miles. You can view the routes and access GPS files here.
Q: I’d like to volunteer to support the TOUR, what options are available?
A: We are always looking for volunteers to help support our riders in the TOUR. If you’re interested in volunteering, reach out here and we’ll find the perfect spot for you!
Q: I’m interested in sponsorship opportunities, who should I contact?
A: You can view our sponsorship packet and current sponsors here