Tour Blog

A Week in Review

By: Ben Gura, vegetation management specialist at American Transmission Company The Tour has come to an end and as I reflect back on the past seven days I have many favorites. The impact that the STIHL Tour des Trees has on the communities it touches is special. Each of the towns from Milwaukee up to [...]

First-Time Rider Inspirations

By: Todd Case, salt division at Russo Power Equipment I learned about the STIHL Tour des Trees last year, and signed up because I wanted to ride my bike. We finished a 120 mile ride today, and are on the home stretch. I’ve learned there is much more to the Tour than a group of [...]

Dedications Along the Route

By: Scott Jamieson, Vice President, Bartlett Tree Experts Day three was a 100-mile ride from Stevens Point to Green Bay. The terrain was fairly flat with some nice hills thrown in along the way. It was a safe ride with no reported accidents. One of our first stops was for gelato in a little town [...]

Small surprises and unforgettable experiences

By: Don Roppolo, Recruiter/Trainer, The Davey Tree Expert Co. Day three of the STIHL Tour des Trees was a day I have been looking forward to since I found out Stevens Point would be one of our stops. The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP) is such a strong component of the Urban Forestry profession. [...]

Growing Appreciation

By: Matthew McKernan, support crew and senior at Kansas State University All of my life I have grown up surrounded by trees, plants and flowers. As a child and young adult, I volunteered at the gardens my father worked at called Botanica, in Wichta, Kans. My appreciation for trees and their value has been ingrained [...]

Impacting Future Generations of Children and Trees

By: Robert Jones, Team STIHL This is my third time participating in the STIHL Tour des Trees. Growing up in the countryside in North Carolina, trees were a big part of my life, even though at the time I didn’t realize the mutual relationship we need to have to keep them healthy and strong. Because [...]

Our Route is Lined by our Cause

by: Professor Pricklethorn Greetings STIHL Tour des Trees riders and friends (tree-ples)! My name is Professor Elwood Pricklethorn. I am a self-professed Arbor-fessor and am an Internationally certified arborist. This week we will be making several stops along the road as the STIHL Tour des Trees winds it’s way through Wisconsin. Yesterday we were able [...]

Unforgettable scenery & camaraderie–ride to support TREE Fund

by Dick Rideout, captain, Team Wisconsin I can’t wait to welcome the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees to my home state of Wisconsin. World-renowned for its cheese and beer, Wisconsin also attracts thousands of cyclists each summer with diverse terrain, challenging hills and gently rolling countryside. The Wisconsin Tour includes the best cycling in the [...]

Lori Brockelbank is ready to her blog!

Lori’s first STIHL Tour des Trees was.. exhilarating, exhausting and rewarding in countless unexpected ways. She’s looking forward to her second Tour this summer in Wisconsin.  Relive the 2013 Tour in Lori’s blog, and get inspired for this year’s TREE Family reunion: the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees.

Survival tactics from a veteran Tour rider

Survival tactics from a veteran Tour rider Kittsley Andy Photo  Survival tactics from a veteran Tour rider

Signing up for your first Tour? The STIHL Tour des Trees is a non-competitive bike tour, but you’ll enjoy the experience more if you arrive physically and mentally prepared. The Physical part: The best way to prepare for a week on your bicycle is to log a lot of “seat time” before the ride. Seat [...]