Tour de Stooges Post-Ride Survey - Reminder May 21, 2021

Hello 2021 TdS Participant,

Just a reminder that if you have already not done so, please complete the ride survey for this year. The questionnaire should only take a few minutes to complete and your feedback is valuable to the continued success of the event.


Gateway East Trails


Tour de Stooges Post-Ride Survey May 16, 2021

Hi Tour de Stooges Participant,

Each year we survey participants to gain information and feedback that allows us to continuously improve this experience. Please follow the following link for a Survey Monkey Questionnaire. Your feedback is very important and we ask you to participate in the post-ride follow up by completing this short questionnaire by Friday, May 21, 2021.

Tour de Stooges Survey

Thank You,

Gateway East Trails

Final Tour de Stooges Ride Instructions April 30, 2021

Tour de Stooges Pre-ride Information - FINAL

General Information:

You are receiving this email because you either registered in the past for a
Tour de Stooges ride or you registered for the 2021 24th annual ride.

Pre-registration continues through 5:00 pm on Friday, April 30. If you have
friends, colleagues, family, or enemies who are planning to ride and want to
pay the preregistration discounted fee, please inform them. Otherwise, the
cost goes up $5 on ride day, plus they will have to complete the necessary paperwork

We really encourage preregistration. It saves time at check-in. We do accept
cash/credit/debit at onsite registration.

If you ordered a t-shirt, they will be at check-in. A very limited number of
extra shirts will be available for sale at lunch.

Ride Day Information:

Because we are guests of McKendree University, we must follow their COVID
restrictions and rules when on campus. These change almost weekly as the
pandemic fluctuates. We will keep you informed if there are any changes. At
this time, please plan on wearing a mask while in buildings on campus and
when social distancing is not really possible, such as in the MPCC Building,
check-in, and lunch line.

Just prior to ride day, we will be sending
detailed ride-day instructions and map links.

A few preliminary instructions:

1. Everyone must check
in to ride. No need to sign waiver forms if you preregistered online; they
were included with preregistration. When you pay at onsite checking, entering
your email and name on our smartphone or tablet will serve as verification
that you agree to the ride waiver.

2. When you check in,
you will receive a wristband. These wristbands are your tickets for rest area
service, SAG service (the phone number is printed on the wristband), and
lunch. No wristband, no service or lunch. Therefore, please do not remove
them prior to the end of your day.

3. Because of limited
capacities and restrictions, we cannot accommodate guests for lunch. We are
ordering only enough lunches for registered riders with an estimate for day-of-ride
Plans are for lunch
to be available in Ames Dining Hall on campus. The dining hall is subject to
capacity limits, so entrance will be monitored.

It will be necessary to check in at the table to the entrance of the dining
hall to receive a lunch ticket to turn in at the door. No ticket, no
entrance. There will be
a pasta station,
grilled chicken with sides station, the grill station and a made-to-order
salad station.  Everything will be served.  There will be
beverages, desserts, etc. as well.  Riders will have the option to sit
inside or take their meal carry out.  Additional seating is available outside
Ames Hall under the canopies.

4. There will be a
monitored bike corral near the dining hall that is included with your fee.

5. Lunch begins
at 11:00 am and ends promptly at 3:00 pm, so plan your ride start
accordingly. The lunch service will be monitored beginning at 2:30 pm, and
stations may shut down early if it appears there are no more riders coming
in. The staff needs to clean and sanitize the dining room for dinner service.

6. The ride has a
rolling start and we recommend that the long distance riders plan to be on
the road no later than 7:00 am (100 mile riders should start at 6:00 am) and
pace yourselves to be back by about 2:30 pm. We will be open for check-in and
registration at 6:00 am (or earlier, if set up goes smoothly).

7. Know someone who plans to register on site? We will ask them to register
via Flipcause, using the computers/tablets we will have on site or they can do
it with their own tablet or smartphone. We will add a cash option to
Flipcause for that morning so those paying with cash can do so. We are trying
to make onsite registration as contact free and easy as is possible.


Routes are 13, 24, 46, 61 and 100 miles. If
doing the century, you should plan to start around 6 a.m. Rolling starts,
anywhere from 6-10 a.m.

Here are links to the route maps and they
are available on MapMyRide (these can be converted to other formats with a
computer connection):

Curly 13: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1525192189

Larry 27: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1525241635

Shemp 46: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1541016643

Moe 63: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1541041282

Roger Kramer 100: https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1541075935

Rest Stops:

There are rest stops
with snacks and water. Snacks will be handed to riders by a volunteer at each
site to avoid cross-contamination. We want this to be as safe ride as
possible. Rest stops will close in order along the route to allow transfer of
snacks and water to later locations. The end times will be posted at
check-in. Port-a-Johns also will be available at each rest stop, along with
hand sanitizer.


Look for the
volunteers in green or yellow vests to direct you to parking. Except for the
need to have a McKendree parking sticker, all other parking regulations, such
as handicap parking, will be enforced.


We did not do any paid advertising this year. Our surveys show that 90% of
riders learn about us by word of mouth or have ridden in the past. So, if you
know of riders interested in a great ride, please tell them about Tour de
Stooges. To date, registrations are the highest we have ever had only a few days
out from the ride.


The forecast for May
1 looks like mostly clear skies, with 65% humidity and a high of around 82.
Winds 10-20 mph out of the SSW. In other words, it is perfect riding weather!

That means we could get up to 200 more riders to register between now and the
30th. Preregistration ends at 5:00 pm on 4/30.


SAG will be
available until about 3:30. Route sweeps to pick up stragglers will start
around 3:00.


Please email
questions to info@gatewayeasttrails.org

See you all on May 1!