This year the date is: Saturday — September 2, 2017
And we’re changing the format of Cycle to Farm® — expect an intimate experience for just 10 riders. The same great concept, offered in a one-day tour format rather than a large group event.
We’re proud that Cycle to Farm has introduced nearly 2,000 cyclists to 27 local farms over a span of 10 events in 5 years. Dozens of sponsors and 800+ volunteers have helped make that happen, and we’ve seen many of these local farms grow and blossom before our very eyes!
Hickory Nut Gap Farm had a couple of freezers full of meat for sale when we started; today they offer a wide variety of products, an eat-in (or out) café, as well as beer and wine. Other farms have followed a similar arc. We’d like to think Cycle to Farm played a small role in raising the visibility of our treasured local farmers.
And we know Cycle to Farm has had an impact on the region – introducing cyclists from 20+ states to our beautiful area, and creating nearly $500,000 in economic impact over 10 events.
The Cycle to Farm events were also known to be safe, and extraordinarily well-supported with volunteers, marshals at intersections, beautiful route maps, and great first responders: law enforcement, fire, EMS and rescue. All of these people made it happen for you.
So now we’re shifting the format to a small group tour of local farms, capped by a delicious farm-to-table meal sourced from our farmers and paired with local beer and wine. And yes, David and I will be riding with you… something we could never do with the large event.
We’re proud of 800 volunteers, dozens of local government agencies, and loyal sponsors. They all made this dream come true. We will always be thankful for their hard work and support.
– Jen Billstrom, Creator of Cycle to Farm®