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Tour de Youth Cycling Ride

The Southwest Region Conference (SWRGC) cycling team is made up of athletes who have chosen the discipline of road cycling to reach a goal of helping the youth and adults understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and bring awareness to the growing obesity problem.   This team decided that the best way to bring awareness to the obesity problem in the United States and in particularly the Southwestern part of the country, would be to cycle from Dallas to San Antonio in the Tour de Youth 2015 (TDY2015).  They will ride 325 miles (see attached the map of projected route)-from the Southwest Region Conference office in Dallas Texas, to our 60th General Conference Session in San Antonio where over 100,000 attendees are expected to convene.

We are partnering with Education and Health organizations to create an awareness with youth and adult obesity and how fitness and education can help achieve healthier generations.

  • o   This 4-day, 325-mile event will raise $300,000 and culminates with a ride ending at the kick-off of the 2015 General Conference.
  • o   A dedicated group of pastors and community cyclist have committed to training for the 4-day ride to help open access to Christian education for new and current students.
  • o   The grueling 325-mile journey will begin at the SWRC headquarters in Dallas (June 21st) or (June 28th) and will culminate at the 2015 General Conference Convention site in San Antonio (June 24th) or (July 2nd).
  • o   Both corporate sponsors and individual donors will be asked to join the partnership.

Cyclists Information:

-Route can be found at: http://www.strava.com/routes/555874 (Route is subject ot change)

      –http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/481200870 (281.37 miles)

-Moderate to Difficult Route:  Hills and flats-Average Elevation Grade 4-5%

-Cyclist Skill level should be well conditioned.

-Days: 4 (there is a 1 day added just in case)

-Transportation will be provided back to Dallas after the event if needed.

-Cyclists will also need to supply a workout log from Strava, MapMyRide, Garmin, etc.  This is being done to make sure all cyclists are ready for the tour and have put in the needed training.

Ride Conditions:

-Pace 15-23 mph
-Group Ride on shoulders
-Abandon option:  It a cyclist needs to abandon the tour, they will be placed in the support vehicle until the end of the ride day.  We will do our best to accommodate the return trip to Dallas before the end of the tour.
Cyclists will also need to supply a workout log from Strava, MapMyRide, Garmin, etc.  This is being done to make sure all cyclists are ready for the tour and have put in the needed training.

 Bikes Condition:

-Cyclists will need their bike inspected and maintenance checked before coming to tour.

-It is STRONGLY Recommended that all cyclists have spare wheels just in case of damage along the road.  The Tour organizer will have spare inner tubes for riders.

-We will be providing support during the tour for basic bike needs.  If you bike is a specialized one, we will not be offering support or parts.  Please have extra parts for your bike.

-There will be support vehicles traveling with the peloton so there will be not need for cyclists to carry bike tools and extra inner tubes.

Pledge Information:  Visit https://mysouthwestregion.org/services/communications/tour-de-youth-cycling-ride-2015  find the following items to help you raise funds-

– Tour de Youth 2015_Fundraising_Letter


10 Reasons to Support_TDY2015

-Poster and postcard


 Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Each cyclist should be at least 18 year of age.


What can/can’t I bring to the event?

Because of the nature of the organization and the principles of healthy lifestyle, we do not want any alcoholic beverages, drugs or tobacco products during the tour.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

tourdeyouth@gmail.com or kdixon@swrgc.org

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, it is transferable to another conditioned cyclists.

 Why is the minimum fee to register for the Tour de Youth $650?

The Tour de Youth Cycling event has dual causes.  The first is to bring an awareness to youth and adult obesity in the United States and particularly the South.  The other cause is for worthy student scholarships for young people who needs financial support.  This means that half ($325) of the registration fee will go to worthy student scholarship so that young people would learn healthy lifestyle choices.



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