The History of Tour de Hope...
In the summer of 2011, several local-area cyclists who had participated in large, organized fundraising century rides for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society began to explore the possibility of staging a similar cycling event in Kansas City, to benefit local, under-served charities. Over the course of a few weeks, this idea gathered some traction and momentum, and eventually was named ‘Tour de Hope’, with a mission statement of
“Bringing hope to deserving local charities through an uncommonly fun cycling event”.
The first Tour de Hope was held on Sunday, May 6th, 2012 and featured 15, 40 and 62 mile route options, including a ‘King of the Mountain’ component of 6 ‘leg-burning’ climbs on the metric century route.
Attracting almost 300 cyclists in our first year, the inaugural Tour de Hope was a great success – raising over $10,000 for three local charities, while surviving one of the most colossal spring thunderstorms in recent memory!
Each launch was filled with an enormous amount of excitement, from the riders as well as the organizers and volunteers. Even with a "little" rain, everyone still had a great time and loved the first TOUR de HOPE ride. Thank you to all that came out in support of our charity!