Welcome to the 5th Annual Boys & Girls Club Tour de Frederick!
For cycling enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, Boys & Girls Club Tour de Frederick (TDF) features three days of unique ride routes that showcase the beauty of Frederick County, Maryland, emphasize its rich history and fosters camaraderie among our riders. When you ride the TDF, you are supporting Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County.
About the Boys & Girls Club Tour de Frederick
The Tour de Frederick was created in 2010 by the founder and publisher of Spokes Magazine, Neil Sandler, to bring the cycling community together for camaraderie and to showcase the beauty of Frederick County through scenic bicycle rides. As part of his philanthropic spirit, Neil invited Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County (BGC) to participate through volunteer assistance and as the beneficiary of the event proceeds.
In 2013, rider participation more than doubled and the Tour de Frederick was able to contribute tens of thousands of dollars to help local kids in our local Club.
Now five years later, Boys & Girls Club Tour de Frederick (TDF) covers more than 300 miles of beautiful Frederick County and offers eight ride options over three days – with rides spanning a short and easy 8-mile loop through downtown Frederick, to the Century Ride that challenges even the most experienced cyclists. And, we have had riders from across the country – from as far away as Washington State, California and Florida.
“Camaraderie” was Neil’s chief objective when he started this ride five years ago, and in that spirit, BGC has added a new component to the 5th annual TDF – riders can now create their own teams and join together with customized jerseys showing their team name. Participants will compete to see who can raise the most money in pledges and create a team with the most riders. By enabling riders to obtain pledges for their participation in the TDF, more and more of the community is involved not just in making the event a success, but ensuring Great Futures for the members of our local Boys & Girls Club!
On a daily basis, our local Boys & Girls Club serves over 200 at-risk children in our community through after-school and summer programs that teach them health and life skills, computer technology, the arts and more:
Power Hour (homework assistance)
ClubRiders (bicycle safety and training)
Begun in the second year of the TDF, ClubRiders was formed in an effort to get more kids riding bicycles. Members are taught bicycle safety, road riding etiquette and how to prepare for a long ride like TDF. Many members then participate in the 32.8-mile Family Ride.
SMART Moves (dealing with peer pressure)
NetSmartz (Internet safety)
Torch Club (Leadership Development)
Because Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County does not receive direct funding from the national parent organization, these important programs depend on local citizens who understand that reaching a child during their developing years pays dividends that not only benefit the child, but the entire community.
It’s all for the kids! New for 2014, riders can now create their own teams and join together with customized jerseys showing their team name. Participants will compete to see who can raise the most in pledges, which team has the most riders and other fun elements.
- SIGN UP by June 15th so you have your jersey to wear on ride day.
- Teams will have their unique logo or name on a customized cycling jersey
- Teams must have a minimum of 6 riders and the sky’s the limit for maximum
- Riders will also receive event tee shirt and other cool cycling stuff
- Prizes will be awarded for most dollars raised by an individual and as a team, as well as for the largest team
- Team Member Registration is $25 with a minimum $200 in pledges; the sky is the limit on the maximum!
- Kids 12 and under is $25 registration with a minimum of $75 in pledges.
- All-inclusive pricing for the entire weekend! Ride and socialize 1, 2, or 3 days.
Don’t want to ride as part of a team? No problem! You can also sign up as an Individual.
Help kids in your community – Great Futures Start at Boys & Girls Club!
Remembering Vicki Smith
2014 marks the 5th Anniversary of the Boys & Girls Club Tour de Frederick. When Neil Sandler, publisher of Spokes Magazine and founder of the Tour de Frederick, started thinking of how to make his dream a reality, he called upon Vicki and Bill Smith for their support, advice and knowledge of event-organization. Without Vicki’s and Bill’s efforts, pulling off the first two TdF events would have been very difficult, for Vicki enormous support helped to recruit volunteers, drive SAG vehicles and welcome riders to the TdF. She was a one-woman dynamo.
In 2010, Vicki was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but you probably would not have ever known. Her smile was still as infectious as always, and her desire to help her community never dwindled. Vicki passed away on March 10, 2014 and is greatly missed by her family, friends and the bicycling community.
Bill, thank you for sharing Vicki with us these past 5 years. This year’s Boys & Girls Club Tour de Frederick will be operated in honor of Vicki and Bill.
Boys & Girls Club Tour De Frederick – 2014 Bicycle Rides
Friday, August 15, 2014:
Starts and finishes at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center on Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick.
1:00 pm – Frederick City Scramble
A leisurely ride of approximately 20 miles through some of the neighborhoods of Frederick. The ride will have an experienced ride leader starting at 1:00 pm but cue sheets will be available for those wishing to start later. No rest stations are available but several stores, coffee shops and ice cream parlors are on the route. No hills but a few heavy traffic areas.
3:30 pm – The Frederick History Loop Ride
A 2014 Maryland Municipal League award winner, this popular ride has been offered every year in the Tour de Frederick. This is an eight mile loop of historic downtown area of Frederick with stops at the Francis Scott Key Memorial, the Barbara Fritchie House, Hood College, the Community Bridge Mural and 17 other historic points of interest. Led by a Cycling historian, allow two hours for completion.
Saturday, August 16, 2014:
Starts and finishes at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center on Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick.
6:30 am – The Tour de Frederick Century Ride
100.0 miles with approximately 8,700 feet of climbing. This ride goes through areas of Frederick County not offered in previous Tours. The ride heads south toward the Potomac River, then west and north through the Middletown Valley. When passing through the village of Burkittsville, please note that The Blair Witch Project may still haunt unsuspecting tourists. The ride continues north parallel to the Appalachian Trail before going south through Middletown and returning to Frederick over Braddock Mountain. The ride is for experienced cyclists, has several hills and is designed for completion in 7 to 8 hours (minimum 12 – 13 mph). Several rest stops on the route with lunch and celebrations at the finish in downtown Frederick.
7:30 am – The Tour de Frederick Metric Century Ride
62.1 miles with 5,100 feet of climbing. This ride begins and ends on the same route as the Century ride, has many of the same hills but does not include the northernmost roads above Middletown. Caution: see above about strange activity in Burkittsville. This is an excellent ride for those that can complete in 6 to 7 hours, in time for finish line lunch and celebrations.
8:00 am – The Tour de Frederick Half Century Ride
49.4 miles with 2,500 feet of climbing. This ride also goes into the Middletown Valley (See Burkittsville in above Century description) and down through Brunswick, a town working on their League of American Cyclists Bicycle Friendly designation. After Brunswick, the ride includes a five mile section of the nationally recognized C&O Towpath. Note – wider bike tires, 28 mm or greater, are best suited for the Towpath. A final ice cream stop will be made before returning to Frederick. The ride allows about 6 hours for completion before the finish line lunch and celebration.
8:30 am – The Tour de Frederick Club Riders Ride
32.8 miles with 1,900 feet of climbing. Members of Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County have been training for several months for participation this weekend! Those that successfully complete their training will go on this ride that also heads south of town, makes an ice cream stop and returns to Frederick. If you can match the enthusiasm of the kids, are not into long miles on a bike seat and like ice cream, this ride is for you! When you return, enjoy the finish line celebration.
11:30 am – The Tour de Frederick Family Ride
8 miles on flat roads. Designed for families, including small children, this ride will be on bike paths, alleyways and quiet neighborhood streets in the city. Ride is also suitable for beginning cyclists. There will be experienced leaders that can offer suggestions on proper bike fitting, helmets and issues of bike safety. When you return, enjoy the finish line celebration.
After Party – New for 2014!
After your ride is finished, return to downtown Frederick’s Carroll Creek to enjoy a post-ride party that includes great food, plenty of cold beer and non-alcoholic beverages and fun entertainment!
4:00 The Frederick Clustered Spires High Wheel Race
And you thought it was over after the party… Not so! Join us for America’s ONLY High Wheeled Bicycle Race, just a few blocks from the party. Race starts at 4pm and offers TDF riders reserved viewing space.
Sunday, August 17, 2014:
8:00 am – The Tour de Frederick Covered Bridges Ride
39.8 miles – Moderate hills. The Covered Bridges Ride is considered one of the best bike routes in Maryland and goes through three of the eight known covered bridges in the state, as well as a 340 foot, five-arch, stone bridge. The ride begins and ends at the Utica District Park (10200-B Old Frederick Road, Frederick, MD) with lunch at the finish. There will be ride leaders for the 8:00 start and cue sheets available for those wanting to start later.
To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Frederick
$109 per night. Includes Breakfast.
5220 Westview Drive
Frederick, MD 21703
TownePlace Suites Frederick
$109 per night. Includes Breakfast
5050 Westview Drive
Frederick, MD 21703
To make your reservation, please call the hotel directly or use this link:
NEW! Camping is now available.
Tuscarora Tennis Barn is hosting camp sites for Tour de Frederick participants.
For $25 per night, amenities include:
- Indoor shower and restroom facilities
- Quiet, serene space
- A/C facility for lounging with TV, snack and soda machines
- Tennis, for additional court fee
To reserve your space, email Paulette at: firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: Nights Camping; Number and ages of those in your group; Style of camping (tent, camper, sleep under the stars, etc).
For more to see and do in Frederick County, please visit www.visitfrederick.org.
About Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County
The mission of Boys & Girls Club is to enable all youth – especially those who need us most –to realize their full potential as productive, responsible caring citizens. We achieve this mission by developing programs that help youth accomplish the following outcomes: Academic Success, Healthy Life Skills and Good Character & Citizenship.
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BGCFC provides out-of-school programs for school-aged youth during the school year and summer. During the school year, clubs are in session for 3 1/2 hours a day and 11 hours a day when schools are closed and during the summer.
- A safe place to learn and grow
- Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals
- Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences
- Hope and opportunity
Our programs are offered in a safe and positive environment with caring adult staff and volunteers. Our versatile and well-rounded programs include:
- Character and Leadership Development
- Education and Career Development
- Health and Life Skills
- Sports, Fitness and Recreation
- Computer Technology
At any given location, club members can participate in as many different kinds of activities as catch their interest and as time will allow, enabling youth to develop talent, build character and become prepared for successful completion of school. Moreover, we also empower our members to succeed in many life situations outside of school and into adulthood.
Who Do We Serve
In 2013, we had a registered membership of 535 youth. Our daily attendance for the school year was 165 youth. Our summer attendance was approximately 145 youth.
Demographic data of our Club members:
- Elementary Ages (6-10 years old) – 145 (27%)
- Middle School Ages (11-13 years old) – 284 (53%)
- High School Ages (14-18 years old) – 106 (20%)
- Males (56%)
- Females (44%)
- African-American (51%)
- Caucasian (20%)
- Hispanic/Latino (10%)
- Asian (2%)
- Multi-Ethnic (16%)
- Other (1%)
We Are Successful
In Program Year 2012-2013:
- 83% had a GPA of 2.0 or better
- 99% progressed onto their next grade on time
- 51% of club members improved the grades in at least one core subject area
- 59% of club members missed 1 school day or less in each report term
- 65% of club members participated in one or more community service activities
- 58% of club members attended at least 3x per week
- 48% were referred by the schools or other child service professionals
What Does it Cost to Serve These Youth?
The average cost per child per year is $2,497.00.
What Does Your Contribution Mean to These Youth?
- $50 Provides one child with daily after school meals for a month
- $75 Provides five children one hour of STEM programs (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
- $100 Provides one youth a month of after-school programs
- $500 Provides one youth a scholarship for summer programs
- $1000 Provides 100 youth an hour of homework assistance