The Tour de Minnechaug Mountain is a fun and varied bicycling event that provides the rider a diverse and picturesque experience through the mountains and valleys of Wilbraham and Hampden offering participants three different routes. With its goal to raise money for youth development projects of the Rotary Club, it includes a family fun ride (*), a medium length outing and a challenging involvement worthy of any avid cyclist.
No matter what level, the loops of The Tour de Minnechaug Mountain take you through the historic countryside of the New England towns, from the colonial homes on their historic Main Streets to the stone wall lined country lanes of the hilly Glendale section.
It’s a great event to share with cyclists of varying abilities, all for a good cause.
By riding in the Tour de Minnechaug Mountain, regardless of your age (*), you will make a difference in the lives of growing teens and help the Rotary Club of Wilbraham-Hampden’s goal to increase its support for positive youth development.
The three levels of routes provide something for everyone.
(*)Bikers younger than 16 need to register and ride with an adult.
Site of the popular Peach Blossom Festival. The greenery at Fountain Park on 883 Tinkham Road in Wilbraham is the perfect setting for the base of operations of the Tour. One of the most recognized facilities in town, it is in a central location with easy access and large, free onsite parking.
There will be a raffle with a lot of great prizes, tee-shirts, and an enjoyable after party with upbeat music from a DJ. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided for ride participants and volunteers. Local bike shops will participate, and a free safety check will include checking tires and brakes.
The 8.1 mile Short Route is a safe, comfortable and scenic, perfect for families with young children. Starts at 11 a.m.
The 20.1 mile Medium Route is more challenging but doable. There are some hilly sections that run through the countryside as well as flat areas. Starts at 9:30 a.m.
The 41.1 mile Long Route provides plenty of challenge with hills and climbs of up to 14% grade. It is not for everyone but avid cyclists will appreciate the exertion it offers. Starts at 8 a.m.