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Thank you to everyone who joined us last year on September 20th for our 2nd Annual Northville Rotary Club Tour de Ville.

*** Registration is now open for our 3rd annual event on Saturday, September 24th, 2016. ***

The Northville Rotary Club has been serving the community and promoting harmony and goodwill throughout the world for ninety years. The 3rd annual 2016 Tour de Ville Bike Ride”, starting and ending in Northville is our major fund raising event for the year and in our first two years we attracted over 900 riders and raised over $30K for charities and causes such as the Rotary International Foundation, Kids Against Hunger, local scholarships, student exchange programs, Little Free Libraries, Shelter Box, Life Remodeled and local food banks.  

About the 2016 Tour de Ville:  

The Tour de Ville bike ride is a family oriented event and not a race with all routes beginning and ending in Historic Northville, Michigan at The Village Workshop. Our routes include a 10, 30 or 40 mile ride that travels exclusively along the historic Edward Hines Drive. We also have a 75 mile loop for the seasoned riders that also starts in Northville and travels to Grosse Ile Island and returns. Finally, this year we will add a 13.1 mile mountain bike from Northville to Maybury State Park. 

This fully supported ride includes:

Registration as early as 7:00am
A light breakfast
A tote bag with various coupons/swag
An event T-shirt highlighting our sponsors
Beverage and snack tents and bathrooms in-route
One entry for each registered rider into a drawing for one of four $250 D&D Bike Vouchers
A hearty lunch when you return to Northville

Please join us on this fun and healthy ride through our historical areas and support our local communities – click on the Register page to sign up now.

About Rotary

About Rotary (www.rotary.org)

The Northville Rotary club was founded 90 years ago and we are part of a worldwide organization of 1.2 million people who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. 

How do we work?

Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles

Our Structure 

Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 

Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action. 

Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives. 

The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world. 

Rotary International Partners

When Rotary partners with other organizations, we multiply the impact made by either group on their own. We call this “the Rotary effect.” From local food banks to global humanitarian organizations, we work with a wide variety of partners, including: 

Routes

Tour de Ville is a bicycle tour and not a race. No timing equipment will be available. No rider times will be recorded or provided.

All routes start and end at The Village Workshop at 455 E. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167 and proceed south on Hines Drive. Rider registration, clothing purchases, sponsor displays and pre-registered rider packet pickup will be located inside The Village Workshop building.

Riders may start their chosen route any time after the course opens up (7:30am) but we're setting maximum start and finish times for each route to ensure your enjoyment and safety. The Tour de Ville lunch will be served between 11:00am and 2:00pm in the TdV registration area and your bib number will be your lunch ticket. 

Registration the day of the ride opens at 7:00am, Saturday, September 24, 2016.  The Tour de Ville course opens at 7:30am and closes at 2:00pm. All riders are highly encouraged to start riding their route before the recommended start time and finish before the recommended stop time.

13.1 Mile Maybury Mountain Bike Route Maximum Start and Stop Times: 8:30am - 1:30pm

10 Mile Route Maximum Start and Stop Times:   10:30am - 1:30pm
30 Mile Route Maximum Start and Stop Times:     9:30am - 1:30pm
40 Mile Route Maximum Start and Stop Times:     8:30am - 1:30pm
75 Mile Route Maximum Start and Stop Times:     7:30am - 1:30pm 

Safety, Decorum and Rules  Every year, the communities along Hines Drive and throughout the down-river communities share their roads and parks with bicycle riders. Although Hines Drive is well-known for it’s wide bike lanes on either side of the roadway, riders need to be aware of the cars and traffic on the roads in both directions to ensure safety and to be respectful of guests in these local communities. The mark of a safe and effective cyclist is to show respect for and awareness of the surroundings, including weather, road conditions, and others using the road. We request all TdV riders follow these basic guidelines: Carry your own personal identification and emergency contact information while riding. You must wear an approved and properly-fitted helmet and buckle the chinstrap whenever you're on the bike. Obey all traffic laws and stop at all stop signs. Like motorists, you can and will be ticketed if you fail to obey traffic laws. Always ride with the traffic and never ride more than two abreast. Ride as far to the right of the road as safe to do so. Move right and ride single-file when cars or other cyclists are behind you and need room to pass. Use appropriate hand and verbal signals when passing, turning or stopping to let motorists and other cyclists know what you're going to do. When coming up on slower riders, always alert them when you are pass. Pass on the left and never pass on the right. If you don't alert them, a startled rider may crash and take you with them. Make sure intersections are clear before crossing. No cell phone calls, headphones or text messages are allowed while riding. Pull over and stop if you have to take a call or to read/send a text. If you have to stop for anything, be sure move yourself and your bike completely off the pavement. If you don't, other riders behind you will be forced out into traffic to get around you. Rearview mirrors are recommended. Always carry your wrappers and garbage with you. "Take only pictures. leave only footprints". There will be plenty of places to off-load your refuse along the bike route.  

"RIDE OR SHINE" The Tour de Ville ride will go on, rain or shine. Hines Drive in fact, is part of the riverbed for the Middle Rouge River. When there's a heavy rain, the Rouge will swell its banks and wash over sections of Hines Drive. If Wayne County Roads closes Hines Drive because of flooding, the 30 mile, 40 mile and 75 mile courses will be re-routed along Ann Arbor Trail and Outer Drive, both of which run along higher ground that parallels Hines Drive. Decisions about any other inclement weather affecting the ride will be made the evening before and on the day of the ride.

Please email any questions or suggestions to info@tourdeville.org

 

Sponsors

For returning sponsors, we really appreciate your past level of support of the Tour de Ville. This event and the charities we support would not be possible without your generous contributions. For new sponsors, welcome to our site. Please read below for some good reasons to sponsor our event, as well as a description of our Tour de Ville marketing campaign and sponsor benefits.    

Why sponsor the 2016 Tour de Ville?

1.    Support/engage in the community where you do business and learn about Rotary
2.    Advertise your brand/business within the local community/region via our event marketing campaign (Please see the chart on the “Sponsors Application” for the levels of advertising associated with each level of sponsorship)
3.    Recognize a work team, associate, customer or supplier with one of your free rider registrations or event T-shirts

Event marketing details:

1.    The event is promoted in the Michigan 2016 Ride Calendar – an annual publication
2.    The event is also marketed via Facebook and on the Tour de Ville website where registration is now available for all riders
3.    The event will be featured in local newspaper and newsletter articles
4.    Presenting, Gold and Silver sponsors will be featured on event Cycle Jerseys, Posters and tri-fold brochures that will circulate months in advance of the event. You can also display your brand via banners on the day of the event. All qualifying sponsors will have their logo featured on the event T-shirt

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits

The sponsor levels, benefits, and brand (logo) exposure associated with the various levels of sponsor support may be found on the “Sponsors Application” attached below. Briefly, as a sponsor, and depending on your level of support, the benefits include:

1.    Your logo may appear on the Cycling Jersey, Event T-shirt, event website and promo materials (see Sponsors’ Application for details)
2.    Free cycling jersey(s) ($70 value each)
3.    Free rider registration(s) ($40 value each)
4.    Free extra event T-shirts ($12 value each)
5.    Opportunity to set up an info table/booth on the day of the ride if beneficial for your business

Marketing/Advertising Expense

We recommend that you treat your support as a Marketing/Advertising expense for accounting purposes. 

Sponsor’s Application

Finally, please complete the “Sponsors Application” found below and return it to the Northville Rotary Club as explained on the application.  

Note: In-kind and rest stop sponsors

Please refer to the “Sponsors Application” for a list of in-kind support you can provide. If you are an in-kind sponsor, please fill out the application and estimate the value of the contribution on the “in-kind” template.  For those wanting to sponsor a “rest stop”, you will need to provide the following:

  • Workers (Manning) for the rest stop for 4-5 hours (2-3 people will probably be adequate)
  • 1-2 folding canopy tents
  • Folding tables
  • Folding chairs for the workers
  • Bulk water or sports drink (we can supply drink totes for dispensing)
  • Energy snack foods (energy bars, peanut butter crackers, etc)

For Sponsor questions or suggestions, please email sponsors@tourdeville.org

Please note that Tom Holzer Ford will be our presenting sponsor from 2015-2017. 

Presenting Sponsor

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Contributors

FAQ

Cost of the Ride?

The cost of the ride will be $40, if you sign up in advance, or $55 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under will pay $10, but will not receive a t-shirt or tote bag.

What should I do to prepare for the ride?

Cyclists can minimize potential problems by having themselves, their bikes and their tires in good condition for this ride. You must wear a helmet. Highly recommended accessories to take with you would be a pump, a patch kit, an extra tube, on-the-road tools, a light jacket, sunscreen, and extra water bottles. You should know how to fix a flat tire and how to do your own minor repairs. It's very important your tires are correctly inflated before you start the ride. Recommended tire inflation pressures should be stamped somewhere on the side of the tire. A tire that hasn't been fully inflated in the last 24-48 hours could easily loose enough pressure to puncture on the next bump or hole. Although the 30 mile, 40 mile and 75 mile routes can be used as a "stretch goal" for riders wishing to up their level of riding, it's important that those "stretch" riders have confidently ridden at least 75% of that new distance in the weeks shortly before this ride.

What time can I check in?

Registration opens at 7:00a.m. The TdV course will open at 7:30a.m. Each route will have a maximum start time and stop time to ensure riders have an enjoyable, un-rushed ride and return with enough time to enjoy a leisurely lunch. A rider may start their route any time after the course opens up, but please keep in mind that with a late start, you may miss lunch! 

Help needed with bike maintenance on site and/or free safety checking of bike racks? 

Two of our sponsors D&D Bicycles and Thule will be providing free maintenance checks on site. D&D will be providing on-site bicycle maintenance and Thule will provide free car rack safety checks on ANY brand of bike racks and offers repairs, adjustments or advice. These safety inspections after the ride have been greatly appreciated by riders who obviously want to protect their valuable bike and vehicles.

Will there be support along the way? 

Yes, there will be rest stops on the routes. SAG (Support And Gear) vehicles will circulate along each route.

What do I do in case of an emergency?

In case of an emergency, call 911. Any other problem, wait for the SAG wagon or call the TdV phone number that's on your bib placket.

How about fuel for myself?

No worries!  We'll feed you breakfast before you start and a big lunch when you finish. On site, you'll receive a bib placket and number in your registration packet that is your admission ticket to the lunch line. You can pre-order extra lunches and t-shirts for yourself or those family members on the website registration form. We'll also have snacks, energy foods, water coolers for you to refill your drink bottles at the rest stops along the way.

Who benefits from the tour?

Tour de Ville is a 100%, non-profit benefit bicycle ride. Proceeds will go towards The Rotary Foundation (e.g. world eradication of polio, clean water projects in third world countries...) and the Rotary Club of Northville (e.g. local charities, scholarships, local exchange student programs, city beautification, Little Free Libraries, Life Remodeled...).  Part of the proceeds will also benefit Kids Against Hunger events, which allow Northville and Detroit students to work side-by-side packaging meals for hungry people locally and around the world.

What if it's rainy or cooler on the day of the ride?

One staffer coined an appropriate spoonerism response: the Tour de Ville will go on, "RIDE OR SHINE" (aka rain or shine)! Read your favorite weather forecast the night before and plan accordingly. In the case of cooler weather, be sure to dress in layers so you can remove and stow a layer as you warm up. As the saying goes "It's better to have the clothes and take them off, than to not have the clothes and be cold all day". While riding, watch yourself and remove a layer when you get warm. You can easily overheat with too many layers and the results can be at the least, uncomfortable. Be sure to pull over and stop when removing a layer, otherwise it may be awkward explaining things to the EMT who is cutting your shirt off your head so he can put you in his ambulance. 

Swag?

Pre-registered riders (Other than children 12 and under) will find a selection of "sponsor swag" in their tote bags, which you pick up on-site on the day of the cycle. You may even be lucky enough to find additional "Sponsor swag" like a gift card, that we will be randomly putting in some tote bags. Walk-in registrations on the day of the ride may also find some swag in their tote bags, if there are extras. If available, we'll have extra Tour de Ville t-shirts ($12.00) for sale the day of the ride. Additional swag may be scored in the Sponsor booths within the TdV Expo Area inside The Village Workshop building.

Children on the Ride?

​We truly hope you will make this a family outing and bring along your children. All children on the ride must wear helmets and be accompanied by an adult! Children 12 and under are allowed on the 10 Mile course. The cost for children 12 and under will be $10 which will include the ride and food (but no t-shirt or tote bag). Children 13 and older are also allowed on the 30 Mile or 40 mile course and the Maybury State Park Mountain Bike course. 

Other Questions?

Please email any of your questions or suggestions to info@tourdeville.org or registration@tourdeville.org. We guarantee a response.