As we have watched the impact that COVID-19 is having across communities worldwide, we’ve continued to plan and adjust our timelines, hold key conversations with many of our riders and trusted partners in order to determine the best course of action for all of us.
After much consideration and collaboration we’ve made the decision to switch The Great Bicycle Tour XXXIII to a modified two-day experience on July 11-12, 2020. The TGBT rider experience has always been the major focus from our staff, and we feel the decision to significantly modify the event is in everyone’s best interest. TGBT takes months of planning and preparation. Based on the extreme disruptions this public health crisis has and will have on our efforts, we didn’t feel it was responsible to move forward in our current four-day format and put the safety of our riders, support crew, and local communities at risk. We value you as a part of our family, and we know this decision will help ensure your safety.
We appreciate your unwavering support to our organization that makes a difference in the lives of children & families every day and want you to know how grateful we are for your help in the fundraising success of this event. We will be in touch in the next two weeks with our exciting schedule for the first ever virtual TGBT event!
In a nutshell, Plan B looks like this:
You will receive a package in the mail prior to the ride filled with your TGBT materials. Then, there are two ways to participate -- expect a full day of riding on Saturday July 11 either in your community with the support of a digital application we provide or a safe in-person supported event hosted by us around the Williamsport, Maryland C & O Canal region. On Sunday, we’re putting together a fun, interactive livestream entertainment event for our riders that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home. We will provide full details by June 5, 2020.
Social connections and relationships are at the heart of TGBT, and we believe this event gives us all a great opportunity to stay connected and get a much needed dose of fun. We’re disappointed we won’t be able to do the full four-day adventure with you, but we are super excited to put together an unforgettable two-day experience for you. Thanks again for your belief in our work and your commitment to this great event. We’re ready for the challenge and we won't let you down!
Team San Mar