It’s time for bikes and ice cream. On May 20, Mattapoisett Land Trust and Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path will again host 300 bicyclists riding the “Tour de Crème.” With rides for every ability, eight ice cream suppliers, and an after-ride party, we call it a “bike and ice cream extravaganza,” and we do it to raise funds for and awareness about our causes.
Each year the event generates lots of interest: bike riders who love ice cream and the beautiful scenic roads of our corner of SouthCoast. We keep the fees low to encourage family involvement. In this the third year, spaces went very quickly. Each ride (11, 19, 25 or 50 miles) has about 75 riders who get to sample ice cream from ice cream stands along the route. Check our website to see if there’s any more spaces left on our 11 mile ride. And whenever you are out on the road, please drive with the safety of walkers and cyclists in mind. If you didn’t sign up early enough to ride, you can still get involved through volunteering and our on-line fundraiser www.tourdecreme.org or mail to Mattapoisett Land Trust (Tour De Crème in the memo line), P.O. Box 1336, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
What does it mean to be an awareness event? And why don’t we expand the event if we consistently sell out?
The Tour de Crème showcases the common cause of the Friends and the Land Trust: Quality of life in our community through land preservation, outdoor activity, and environmental stewardship. Like so many community services, we depend on local support in order for us to achieve our respective missions. For the Friends, that is assisting the Town in building the bike path. For the Land Trust, that is responsibly preserving land and water resources. We are both all-volunteer organizations. We depend on grants and donations.
Great events like the Tour de Crème get people’s attention. Wide support for the event – through participation, volunteering and fundraising – helps us show the world of state agencies and foundations how important these projects are to the community and region. Even though the event sells out, we believe it’s right-sized for our town, our groups’ abilities and for the very special Munro Preserve, which hosts the after-ride party.