Tour de Chesapeake returns to Mathews on May 18

- Posted on May 08, 2019 - 02:19 PM

Mathews County, along with the Mathews Visitor Center and Mathews Land Conservancy, are teaming up to host the 21st annual Tour de Chesapeake cycling event, which will be held on Saturday, May 18.

The event will welcome cyclists from around the state and beyond for a weekend of flat scenic cycling, delicious local eats, toe-tapping music, and nice, down-home folks to help with whatever is needed, a release stated.

The tour is presented by Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, as well as Bernadette La Casse of IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate, Chesapeake Bank, and Mathews Economic Development Authority. “We couldn’t do this event without these wonderful sponsors who believe in providing healthy, affordable activities for the whole family to enjoy,” event director Lynda Smith Greve said.

The county will welcome cyclists on Friday evening for check-in and registration at Thomas Hunter Middle School from 4 until 8:30 p.m.  Entertainment will be provided by David Shuber and a bake sale will also be available. The 20th Anniversary TDC cycling jerseys as well as 2019 T-shirts will be on sale. Main Street merchants will be open late for shopping. Cyclists may also check-in and register on Saturday from 7-10 a.m.

The supported ride will take place on Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., which includes maps, route signage, SAG (safety vehicles), and fully-stocked rest stops provided by the Mathews Rotary Club, Gwynn’s Island Civic League, Boy/Cub Scout Troops 124 and the Bay School. 

There are four concise routes throughout the county, each starting at Thomas Hunter School, which is serving as event headquarters. The routes take cyclists to Mobjack, Bethel Beach, New Point Lighthouse, the Glebe and Gwynn’s Island, totaling over 100 miles.