The 2019 Tour des Trees will be on the road and rolling from September 16 to September 20, 2019. (Note: Mandatory opening check-in and dinner: Sunday, September 15; Breakfast and bike shipping: Saturday, September 21). This year’s tour will feature five days of riding beginning and ending in Nashville, Tennessee, with planned overnight stops in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Pennyrile Forest State Park (all in Kentucky) and Clarksville, Tennessee. Daily mileage will range between 55 miles and 110 miles, with two anticipated century days. A detailed route map of the 2019 Tour (subject to change as plans evolve) is available here. You can subscribe for real-time information on the 2019 ride here.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 2019 registration is capped at 85 full-time riders or 90 total riders, whichever comes first. Registration will close at that time. If we reach that level before the scheduled registration closure date (July 1), we will establish a waiting list. As registered riders let us know that they are unable to participate, we will move people from the waiting list to the active team. Once a rider is moved to the active team, full fundraising responsibilities and expectations will be required by the scheduled deadlines, even though such riders may have a shorter period of time to complete their fundraising. We apologize for this possible inconvenience, but we must maintain our road safety standards in terms of support vehicle to rider ratios, and we must operate within the accommodations available to us on a Tour that is largely hosted in smaller cities or rural locations with limited facilities.
What is the Tour des Trees?
The Tour des Trees is an annual long-distance cycling adventure which serves as the primary public outreach and community engagement event for Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). Since 1992 Tour riders have cycled through communities in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., planting trees, educating children and shining a light on the work done by arboriculture professionals and the importance of science-based tree care.
The Tour des Trees serves to advance TREE Fund’s mission of supporting scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in arboriculture and urban forestry. TREE Fund research has produced better ways to plant and care for urban trees, making them more resilient, more resistant to pests, and less prone to failure. The Tour also supports education programs aimed at connecting young people with the environment and career opportunities in green industries. TREE Fund has been able to disburse nearly $4.0 million in grant and scholarship funding since 2002, and the Tour des Trees has been a key component in the organization’s ongoing success.
Full-Tour cyclists commit to raising at least $3,500 for TREE Fund; part-time riders have reduced commitments. Event expenses are defrayed by TREE Fund’s generous partners, so 100% of the funds raised by riders can be applied to new grants, payments on multi-year grants awarded in prior years, or added to permanent endowment funds that will sustain research into the future.
The links below provide key information for riders, volunteers, donors, and those considering participating in or supporting the event. We hope to see you in person – or virtually – on the Tour this year!
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