Did you miss last year’s Wrigley Field Road Tour and the post-ride party at Wrigley Field? Fear not, the biggest party on wheels is back for its fourth year!
The Wrigley Field Road Tour will again help raise funds to benefit the global work of World Bicycle Relief and the local work of Chicago Cubs Charities. And, once again, the ride will conclude with a celebration on the hallowed outfield of Wrigley Field.
David Wallach wrote for Chicago Now’s Pace of Chicago blog that the Wrigley Field Road Tour offers “the best post-race party.” While we wouldn’t call the charity event a “race” (riders go at their own pace and no one is racing), we won’t argue with it having the “best party.” Here is what Wallach had to say:
The best post race party in Chicago is organized and hosted by Todd Ricketts. Yes, “that” Todd Ricketts.
The event is The Wrigley Field Road Tour, a 100 mile bike tour, starting and ending in Wrigley Field on August 25th. In it’s fourth year, The Wrigley Field Road Tour is Ricketts’ baby and a fund raiser for the World Bicycle Relief Fund (WBR).
Here’s another secret about Mr. Ricketts, he’s a big time roadie. He even owns two bike shops, the Higher Gear in Wilmette and Highland Park.
Wanting to do something special with his passion for cycling and philanthropy, the Wrigley Field Road Tour was started.
Since the Wrigley Field Road Tour started four years ago, nearly one million dollars has been raised for Chicago Cubs Charities and World Bicycle Relief. Dollars raised will provide bicycles to students in rural Africa, providing access to education, health care and economic opportunities, as well as fund Chicago-area programs focused on health, fitness and education opportunities for under-served Chicago youth and families.
“It is amazing how much we have accomplished in a short time,” says Ricketts.“We are truly grateful for the partnership with WBR. Together, through the Wrigley Field Road Tour, we have been able to raise funds that effectively create positive change both locally and globally.”
“It’s been a terrific partnership,” says F.K. Day, president, World Bicycle Relief. “The entire WBR family is thrilled to continue our success and look forward to another fantastic century ride in August.”
Now that’s all said and done, the party after this event is epic. Cubs fans get ready to click here to register. Once you are done with the ride, there is a post race party on the outfield of Wrigley Field, yep you get to go on the field, play catch, eat, take pictures etc. But that’s not all, 90’s rock fans, get ready to click here to register, the BoDeans will be playing in a private concert for the finishers on Wrigley Field!
A century is a party. It’s a party and they’re feeding you. – Glenna Lampner
To ride you need to pledge a minimum of $500. The registration fee is $100 and you can choose to either self-pledge $400 at registration or fund-raise a minimum of $400 prior to packet pick-up. Registration will be capped at 600 riders.
Wallach was right, if you are preparing for IronMan Wisconsin in September, the WFRT is a great way to get in a fully supported long ride and have a fun time.
- Read the original article in Chicago Now.
- Learn more about the musical group, the BoDeans.
- Follow the link to register for the 4th annual Wrigley Field Road Tour.
- If you missed last year’s event, check out the rave reviews from last year’s WFRT.
- Interested in the WFRT, but new to century rides? Your Century Training Begins Here.
- Follow one of our training plans to prepare for the WFRT.
- Not sure that you can survive 100 miles? Read what Higher Gear customers Glenna Lampner and Kiki Demopoulos have to say.