The Tour of the Litchfield Hills returns for its seventeenth year on Sunday August 1st, 2021!
For cyclists, the Tour offers non-competitive 12, 30, 55, 75, and 100 mile bike rides through the scenic Litchfield Hills of Connecticut for riders of all ability levels.
For walkers, the Tour offers 2.4, 4.2 and 6 mile walking routes through downtown Torrington Connecticut.
COVID-19 / 2020 TOUR CANCELLATION
May 6, 2020:
With 90 days to go, those of us responsible for organizing the Tour have watched as things have developed. We have been hopeful that despite the obvious situation and societal restrictions caused by COVID-19 that we would still be able to have the Tour but it’s becoming increasingly apparent that it’s simply not going to be able to happen this year.
There are several factors behind our decision: 1. Presently there exists too much unknown as to if there is going to be a resurgence in the infection rate in society over the course of the next several months. 2. While cyclists out on the routes might be able to achieve some degree of social distancing, the more than 100 volunteers that come out and help us on the day of the event are invariably part of an at-risk demographic. Many are cancer survivors and are older, and despite their dedication, they are people we just would not want to subject to increased risk. 3. We could not put on the Tour every year without the support of our sponsors, those local businesses who either generously make financial contributions to offset the cost of running the tour or those who just as importantly, make in-kind contributions. We have polled some of those sponsors and because of the contraction in the economy and the impact upon their businesses, they have indicated that this year they would not be able to support us as they have in the past.
Our decision is doubly difficult because we are conscious of the fact that the Tour of the Litchfield Hills is by far the primary fundraising mechanism for the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills. Every year for the last seventeen, we have been able to raise, depending on the year, between $80,000 and $100,000 for the Cancer Care Fund. Participants might remember that this fund is used for the assistance of patients undergoing cancer treatment and who find themselves in dire financial situation. Considering the current pandemic, some of those individuals are even in worse financial straits and so we want to use the Tour and its cancellation as an opportunity to still try to help that population.
This year, it is going to be a “virtual” Tour! What we propose is that all of you participants, all of you faithful riders who have been with us year after year and who help us in our mission… We want all of you riders to still go out at some point this summer and either ride our routes (which are on the website and are easily referenced/downloaded) or ride a route of your own choosing. BUT, we ask that you consider when you ride your bike on the day that you choose, you also honor the cancer survivors that the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills supports and consider making a donation in the amount of your choosing. We ask that when you make your ride and/or your donation, you publicize that fact on the Tour of the Litchfield Hills Facebook page so that we can spread the word about our unique fundraising efforts this year. The link to the page is:
Go to FACEBOOK
We are pleased to report that already, our founding, and perennial sponsor, the Northwest Community Bank has pledged $2000 to support the Cancer Care Fund. They also pledged to return next year with us for the 2021 Tour of the Litchfield Hills and support us as they always have in the past. We are so thankful to them for this early support of this year’s unique “virtual” event. The opportunity to make a donation directly to the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills is here at the PledgeReg page
Go to PledgeReg TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE TOUR AND CANCER CARE FUND.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and support. Please know that if there was any way we could have done the Tour this year, we would have. We’ll be back for the 17th annual Tour on Sunday August 1st, 2021!
Thank You for riding in 2019
Thanks to the all participants who came out and rode the 2019 Tour. It was a beautiful day in Litchfield County on August 5th, and that contributed to so many wonderful folks coming out. Because of such great support, we are proud to say that we were able to raise over $110,000 for our beneficiary. We thank our sponsors and partners, and most of all, we thank you for supporting this ride by participating and helping us raise these funds for the Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills. We extend to all of you, a heartfelt thanks!
The Mission of the Tour
The mission of The Tour is to bring together community resources with the common goal of raising funds to support the care, treatment, education and prevention of cancer for residents living, working, or receiving treatment for cancer in Northwest Connecticut. By donating funds to The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Inc., we will have a positive effect locally, in the Northwest corner, by offering our support to our friends and families living with cancer.