2013 Tour De Donut is set for September 7, 2013!
OVER 1350 RIDERS FROM COLORADO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MICHIGAN, FLORIDA, PENNSYLVANIA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, WISCONSIN, OHIO AND CANADA TOOK PART IN THIS YEARS RIDE
The Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle fast. The event is a mass start timed bicycle "race" where riders visit two "donut stops" during the 30 mile course or one stop for the 15 mile mini and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have 5 minutes deducted from their ride time. There are prizes in several classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belt for the best adjusted "donut time". We also award the most donuts eaten in several classes, and for the speed freaks we also award the fastest bike only time.
This ride is intended to be fun and include all cyclists pro to amateur, triathletes, tourist, fitness riders, fun riders, or you can dust off that two wheeler you found along side the road, or in the back of the barn you are not going to want to miss this event.
While the event is technically a "race" very few consider it a serious competition, remember this is all in fun! We doubt the next Tour de France champion will have Tour de Donut Champion listed on his palmares, so eat some donuts and ride as fast or slow as you wish. All roads are open to traffic, and and all traffic rules must be followed. Roads are marked with large custom donut markings ( in several colors and some have sprinkles) so you do not get lost.
There are several strategies to attempt to win, what is yours?
Are you a fast enough cyclist and eater to go into negative time?
WHAT THE RIDERS ARE SAYING
-The most fun I have ever had on a bicycle-Bob R
-I Left there with my belly fully and a big smile-Kevin H
-Kudos to the group that puts on this event, amazing job of organizing- The Johns Family
-You people are evil! When can I sign up for next year?-Brian H
-Everyone must do this ride! Josh B
-The best ride ever! Chris T
-The biggest donuts and the flattest roads I have ever seen. Jim R
-I did not understand the appeal of eating donuts and riding until I did the ride-see you next year!-Christa F
Amazing event! Bill J
OVER 900 RIDERS FROM COLORADO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKY, MICHIGAN, PENNSYLVANIA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VIRGINIA, WEST VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, GEORGIA, WISCONSIN, CANADA AND OHIO TOOK PART IN THIS YEARS RIDE
Gone forever......make up your own placing!
Male donut record: Steven Meinke (25 in 2008)
Female donut record: Nancy Weber(15 in 2012)
THE DOZEN CLUB
The following people have become special members of a select club. All of the following enshrined members have eaten (and kept down) at least 12 donuts on the ride
The Dozen club is a special achievement. We will not tell anyone the year of your achievement incase your cardiologist or your insurance company is watching.
The Tour de Donut concept was not started by us. The original is in Illinois and has been going on for 20+years. After some of our club riders attended The Donut Derby in Pennsylvania the idea was hatched to have a Tour de Donut Ohio in 2007.
2007- 106 riders met at the Darke County Fairgrounds for our first edition. We used a very hilly course in Southwestern Darke county that had many riders wondering where the hills came from. A good time was had by all and the ride was an immediate success. Donuts were from local independent grocery store Eikenberry's Super Value. The weather was cool and wet. We used a stopwatch and paper to calculate the winners. At the time of the final results a tie was discovered and a challenge was issued to eat the 18th donut for both riders- they both did and were properly rewarded.
2008- 279 riders met at the new home of the ride Brumbaugh Fruit Farm and had donuts by The Farmers Daughter bakery. This is the first year we visited the popular Bears Mill and was the first year for electronic chip timing. Professional eater Steven Meike from Chicago Illinois came down, and despite a crash his method of dunking donuts in water allowed him to set a new donut eating record of 25. Bicycling magazine had an article about the ride in their June issue.
2009- over 500 riders registered for the ride and experienced another great fall day. We used our full finish line set up and bike mounted electronic timing for the first time. This was the first year for the championship belts, and riders enjoyed live music after the ride.
2010-over 600 riders registered for the ride on yet another picture perfect fall day. New custom road markings of donuts with colored icing (and sprinkles) led the riders around the course. Packet pick up available prior to the ride was very popular and will be continued. A large group of new male Dozen Club members and a new female donut record of 11 donuts. 250 dozen donuts were prepared for the ride and loaded into the box truck with a forklift! Custom recycled bicycle chain medals created by Christina Bowersock were very popular. Pre-ride prayer was given by Rev. Bob Bitner and our National Anthem was sang by Brooklyn Netzley. Riders at the back of starting lineup were held up by a new addition at the farm a couple of turkeys.
2011- 920 riders from 17 states and Canada signed up for the 5th annual tour and were welcomed with a foggy yet sunny morning. 350 dozen donuts awaited as dense fog and a car crash that was diverting traffic onto the course pushed back the start 30 minutes.Registration pick up was slowed by a lengthy form from our insurance company. The Arcanum High School band played our national anthem prior to the start. Despite a contingent of Canadians no one could remember the words past “Oh Canada” to the Canadian National Anthem.A film crew from Southern Illinois University had an in race reporter and created a hilarious documentary. The Bears Mill stop moved across the street to the open field for safety and they delivered the restrooms! We temporarily ran out of donuts at stop #1 as a supply truck stopped to pick up a rider who had crashed.The new location of the Pitsburg stop was well received (and not missed).The first year mini donut ride had over 100 riders who visited the Pitsburg stop for their one donut stop. New 15’ tall DONUT signs welcomed the riders to the donut stops.The awards ceremony was legendary with celebratory champagne from custom imprinted bottlesA special thanks to The Arcanum High School marching band for helping at the donut stops.
2012- 1354 riders registered for the 6th version of the Tour de Donut. Major changes took place when we moved downtown Arcanum, offered sleeping bag space and camping, a post event street fair and food vendors and a new donut supplier. The Village of Arcanum and The Arcanum Business Association welcomed us with open arms after ten months of planning. A major rain event packing winds, lightning and five inches of rain limited camping though by opening ceremonies the sun was out and roads were drying. We had 600 dozen donuts made for the ride this year. Awesome to see so many bikes lined up downtown for the start. Mayor Judy Foreman ate the ceremonial first donut, Arcanum High School band played our national anthem and the riders were off. The balloon launch was much better this year with no trees for them to be stuck in and a nice breeze. Graham and Kim Guttadore led out the riders on a custom donut attired Harley with a donut flag fluttering in the breeze.
As the ride continues to grow we continue to learn and improve the event for you.
All left over donuts, yogurt, fruit, energy products are given to local nursing homes, cancer organizations and churches.
Make your reservations today!
The closest hotels to the event are located in Greenville Ohio, 8 miles West. Greenville is a rural Midwestern city of 13,000 friendly people and offers a thriving downtown of local merchants with chain stores, restaurants and several chain hotels and cozy bed and breakfasts.
We are home to Kitchen Aid, Annie Oakley, Bears Mill and the famous Maid Rite sandwich shop.
Housing availability is always a concern due to the large number of out of town guests. Please book early.
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Q-WHO PUTS ON THE TOUR DE DONUT?
A-Rocketship Sports Management an Ohio 501c3 not for profit sports corporation. The group is also responsible for The Colavita-Zipp time trial series and Colavita Ohio Cycling team.
Q-WHERE DO THE PROFITS GO?
A-What profit? Our intent is to put on a quality event at a fair price. We have not raised prices since the first year. Our goal is not to make a profit, though if we do it goes right back into the event for new equipment to improve the event. We do not seek cash sponsorship from local businesses to assist in funding the event and we pay for everything we use including donuts.
Q-WHY IS IT SO HARD TO FIND A HOTEL ROOM?
A-The ride takes place in a rural area with limited hotels available. Over the past few years those that secure rooms book for the next year at check out.
Q-WHY IS THIS EVENT SO POPULAR?
A-because it is fun and unique!
Q-IS EATING DONUTS REQUIRED?
A-No, eating donuts is not a requirement and there is plenty of other healthy snacks. 50% of participants do not eat any donuts. Average donut consumption is 4 donuts.
Q-I HEARD YOU RAN OUT OF DONUTS
A-Yes it is true. OUR WORST NITEMARE! During the 2011 event the first donut stop ran out of donuts for a few minutes near the end of the ride when a supply truck attempted to locate an injured rider. This will never happen again.
Q-I HEARD YOU HAD A LONG LINE AT REGISTRATION
A-YES we did our release form was tedious. We are making changes for 2012
A-75% of donuts are eaten at the first stop.
Q- IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT?
Q-Can I pull a bike trailer behind my bike?
Q-Can I ride and eat donuts at the same time?
As with any competition there are some people who are very serious. Here are a few suggestions from a Tour de Donut champion.
Set a goal for how many you can eat and stick to it !
Other Riders (OR): This is true with anything, including eating. Remember to set a realistic goal. Most of us can’t eat a dozen donuts.
Eat 2/3 of your goal at the first stop (i.e. goal of 21, eat at least 14 at the first stop)
Pick up as many donuts as you can and start eating them .Once you have committed and taken a bite, you will make yourself finish.
Drink enough water to keep your throat moist, but not too much.
Eat fast. There is a delay in the stomach telling your brain that it is full. The longer the breaks between bites, the more time for your stomach to start screaming!
OR: Most riders had mixed feelings about this one. Eat at a pace which is comfortable for you.
OR: Most think it’s best to eat a large meal the night before. Maybe something high in carbs.
ROCKETSHIP SPORTS MANAGEMENT INC
Roger Bowersock/HEAD DONUT
The course for the Tour De Donut starts in downtown Arcanum and follows rural township roads to Bear's Mill for the first donut stop. Riders will turn around and head back up the hill to Pitsburg, where the second donut stop is at Franklin Monroe School. From there, it is just a short ride back to the finish.
No personal sag, family or support vehicles on the course. Maps are available for supporters that want to meet riders at the donut stops that keep car traffic off the route.
Darke county sherriff deputies will assist riders crossing SR 49.
Riders should follow the large donut road markings.
2011 JERSEY DESIGN
Jersey is available to purchase through acitve.com while registering, or by filling out and mailing a paper registratio.
Past year's jerseys
2. Entries must be submitted by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the display for judging by September 30, 2012. All submissions will be displayed on the website.
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The title should be your preferred email address and the photo number, e.g., "John Dillinger, photo 1." You may enter a description if you like. We will use this email account to notify you if your photo is selected as one of the top three photographs. The Tour de Donut is not responsible if we are unable to notify you by the email account used with the 2012 Tour de Donut Photo Contest group title.
3. Entries must be submitted by the original photographer. Do not submit a photo taken by someone other than yourself. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of any image submitted. Your submission of the photo and entry form is your guarantee that you are the author and copyright holder of the photo.
4. No identification/names/studio seal may appear on the image.
5. All submissions must be made from images recorded during the 2012 Tour de Donut and must be associated with the ride and its surrounding events.
6. Each entrant may submit up to three (3) images. Submission of more than three (3) images will disqualify all entries.
7. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2012. Awards will be announced November 1
8. Prizes: 1st - $50; 2nd -$30; 3rd - $20;
9. Judging will be conducted by the Tour de Donut event Directors. Ties will be broken by the Mayor of Arcanum.
10. The winning photos will be used as promo photos for the ride and be submitted to The Ohio Bicycle events calendar and Indiana Bicycle Resource guide for publication in addition they may be displayed at the next year's event and at other appropriate locations including the website www.thetourdedonut.com, and the Photo Contest winners web page.
11. By entering the Contest, all entrants grant an irrevocable perpetual non-exclusive license to The Tour de Donut and Rocketship Sports Management, to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the entries in connection with the Contest and Tour de Donut event in any media now or hereafter known.
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