Explore Ontario's Greenbelt on Wheels

Toronto, April 1, 2009 – Dust off your helmet – spring has sprung and it’s time to break out the banana seats and get ready to ride. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is pleased to announce the second Tour de Greenbelt cycling extravaganza! An innovative and exciting opportunity for Ontarians and visitors to bicycle their way through Ontario’s Greenbelt, the Tour de Greenbelt is now open for registration. 

“We’re thrilled to be going into our second year of the Tour,” said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “Ontario’s Greenbelt is the largest and most diverse Greenbelt in the world. What better way to experience the diverse landscape, bountiful selection of local food and vibrant culture within the region, than by riding through it?”

Designed for fun, rather than competition, this family-oriented cycling Tour is both accessible and affordable to all, with numerous attractions and a variety of rest stops along the way. Described as a ‘fresh air festival on wheels,’ the Tour takes place over four fully paved, marshaled routes.

The four routes include:

  • Saturday, September 12 - St. Catharines/Niagara
  • Sunday, September 13 - Burlington/Halton
  • Saturday, September 26 - Newmarket/Lake Simcoe
  • Sunday, September 27 - Toronto/Durham


At the end of each route, riders will enjoy a chance to rest and mingle with fellow riders while enjoying freshly prepared local Greenbelt food – all included in the price of your ride!

With more than 1,200 riders participating last year, this years Tour has been developed to accommodate all levels of riders. Each route features three different lengths of 25, 50 and 100 km. Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, has returned as the presenting sponsor of the Tour.

The Tour costs only $40 per person per day to register and is free for children 14 and under who are accompanied by an adult (up to 2 children per adult). Register online at www.TourdeGreenbelt.ca or call 1-888-960-0030. 

The Tour de Greenbelt is carefully organized to support all riders. Special transport is available for those who do not wish to complete the full day’s ride. Emergency Medical Services and bicycle repair support are also available.

Possibility grows in the Greenbelt. Wrapping around the Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt is 1.8 million acres of potential to make Ontario, and the earth, a better place. Encompassing the Niagara Escarpment, the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park, hundreds of rural towns and villages and some 7,000 farms, Ontario's Greenbelt is the largest and most diverse in the world.
  
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For further information and promotional material, please visit www.TourdeGreenbelt.ca, and contact:

Peter Hart, Manager, Tour de Greenbelt Manager, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, 647-224-0634, peterh - at - tourdegreenbelt.ca

Jennifer Asselin, Communications Manager, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, 416-960-0001 ext. 310, jasselin - at - greenbelt.ca

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