This year’s Tour de Rock will take place on Saturday, June 4. In its 19th year, the ride will start and end in North Little Rock, winding and weaving through Central Arkansas, attracting a wide range of cyclists at varying skill and distance levels.
Tour de Rock benefits CARTI cancer treatment centers throughout Arkansas, and offers routes for 25, 50, 62 and 100-mile riders with a Pace Group for those racing to break the coveted five-hour mark for the Century Ride.
Registration for the event will be open until June 2, and attendees can register online. All registrations for this event will include a pass to the after-party at Heifer International. Tickets for Tour de Rock are $25, and will include barbecue by Count Porkula, Edwards Food Giant and more than eight craft beer breweries.
“Funds raised through Tour de Rock have played an integral role in supporting CARTI’s patient assistance programs. Through the generosity of the cyclists, volunteers and attendees, we can continue to provide services to support patients at every stage in their cancer journey,” says Adam Head, president and CEO of CARTI. “In fact, many former and current patients ride in this race as do employees and family who are honoring survivors or loved ones. It’s a moving experience seeing the ‘I ride for’ name bibs and hearing the stories. If you aren’t a cyclist, come out and cheer them on at one of our rest stops.”
Tour de Rock is a well-supported ride, offering plenty of rest stops along the way. This year, rest stops will follow a rock and roll theme, and with several takes of this theme, volunteers will follow this with costumes and decor. In the afternoon party held at the Heifer International Pavilion, an award for best rest stop theme will be presented.
“The volunteers go all out. They do an amazing job creating a fun environment to welcome riders,” says Jennifer Selig, executive director of the CARTI Foundation. “Everyone wants to support the riders who are passionate about cycling and making the lives of those dealing with cancer easier.”
The patient services that benefit from Tour de Rock include those that reduce barriers to treatment including transportation assistance, lodging, counseling and more.
“CARTI treats the whole patient,” says Scott Stern, MD, chief medical director. “Reducing barriers to treatment is a vital component to that and a hallmark of CARTI’s mission of quality and compassionate care. Tour de Rock is a great way to join with the community to see this passion for care in action, literally, as riders zip by pedaling hard for those affected by cancer.”
For more information about Tour de Rock, contact the CARTI Foundation by calling 501-296-3425 or email Jennifer Selig.