Anyone who cycles knows the beauty of racing under a canopy of green.
Now, cyclists can experience that beauty – and help plant more trees – in America’s largest fundraiser for tree research. Called the STIHL Tour des Trees, the 1992-started program has raised more than $5.6 million for tree research and education programs.
Registration is now open for the 500-mile trip that combines cycling with educating the public about the need for urban trees and planting dozens along the way. The tour will take place from July 28 to Aug. 3 and will start in Niagara Falls before circling Lake Ontario through upstate New York and arriving in Toronto a week later. The cyclists will stop in Rochester, Syracuse and Watertown in New York, then head westward through Ontario via Prince Edward County, Trenton and Oshawa to their final destination at Toronto Island.
Each cyclist on the full Tour commits to raising $3,500 for the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). The $100 registration fee includes lodging and meals as well as a custom apparel kit and full mechanical and rider support for the entire week. A partial-tour registration option with a prorated fundraising requirement is also available. More information about registration is at www.stihltourdestrees.org.