The Tour of the Litchfield Hills is in its twelfth year and is growing annually both in ridership and in funds raised for our worthy beneficiary.
We recognize however that we couldn't have gotten to where we are today without years of hard work and dedication from Tim Grieco and his crew at the old "Tommys" bike shop in Torrington. Tim organized the first "Tour de Torrington" in 1989 and ran that wonderful event for 13 years. After 2002, Tim decided to take a much deserved break and move on to other interests and the Tour de Torrington disappeared.
In the spring of 2004, we had discussion about what a shame it was that the Tour was no more. That discussion led to an effort to reconstitute a committee of like minded individuals and see what could be accomplished. We decided on the name and we forged ahead determined to make a difference. That committee is still the core group of highly motivated volunteers that meet all year round in support of our common goal.
Right from the beginning, the group wanted any funds raised to benefit first, the cancer community and second, have an impact locally. We chose the Center for Cancer Care Fund, Inc. and since 2004 we've raised close to a million dollars for the fund.
We've generally served about 1000 riders each year and have gradually tried to work out the kinks. We've improved the registration process, SAG support, food service, and hospitality. This year we've changed the 75 and 100 mile routes responding to riders' constructive criticism and continue to seek out more ways we can strike the balance between making this a great ride and raising the most funds possible for our beneficiary.
We remain 100% volunteer and are very dependant on our generous sponsors to help us meet the needs of the riders and we thank them again here!
So from all of us to all of you riders out there; Thanks for your support, we look forward to seeing you in August.