Tour de Greenbelt Cycles into Last Blockbuster Weekend

Toronto, September 26, 2008– Riding on the success of last weekend’s phenomenal turnout, the first-ever Tour de Greenbelt continues through to Ontario’s southern region September 27 & 28. The Tour de Greenbelt, a fresh air festival on wheels, explores all that Ontario’s Greenbelt has to offer—fresh, local food, rural hospitality and fun recreation. Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer is the presenting sponsor of the Tour.

This family-oriented cycling event is gearing up for the weekend with two distinct routes and visits to farms, farmers’ markets, wineries and historic sites. End-of-ride barbecues feature delicious, local Greenbelt food. Burlington Mayor Cam Jackson, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Councillor Peter Thoem and MEC Burlington store manager Anita Cairns will all be on hand to kick start this Saturday’s ride.

Interest in the Tour has been unprecedented with more than 600 participants last weekend. “This event has taken on a life of its own,” said Burkhard Mausberg, President of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “The people of this province are ready to explore and embrace the Greenbelt.”

  • Saturday September 27 - Burlington to St. Catharines: Starting at the new Mountain Equipment Co-op store at 1035 Brant Street at the corner of Brant Street and Plains Road in Burlington.and ending at Henry of Pelham Winery (Speeches start at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Sunday, September 28 - Niagara-on-the-Lake: Starts and ends at Frogpond Farm Organic Winery (Speeches start at 8:30 a.m.)

All Tour pledges will be donated to participating cycling clubs to support safe and active cycling networks in southern Ontario, so people can return again and again to cycle the bounty of the Greenbelt.

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. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization established to support the vitality of the Greenbelt.

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For a PDF version of this release please click here.

For further information & promotional material visit www.TourdeGreenbelt.ca and contact: Danielle Pignataro, Communications Director, Greenbelt Foundation at (416) 559-3934 (cell) or dpignataro -at- ourgreenbelt.ca.

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