Unlike so many canceled events, the Tour d’Apple will take off on Labor Day, Sept. 7, with rolling starts beginning at 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. from Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock.

Tour d’Apple invites up to 350 cyclists to ride from 25-100 miles one of four scenic routes around the apple orchards and beautiful mountains of Henderson County, NC.

Over the past few months, the Hendersonville Four Seasons Rotary Club and iDaph Events have put together event safety plans for our event to move forward in a new format to ensure social distancing measures recommended by the CDC.

“We will aim to have a ‘contactless’ event to provide a safe event for all,” said Barry Macdonald, the Tour Ride Director.

To help with social distancing, this year the ride has been limited to 350 participants.

All staff/volunteers will be required to wear a face covering during the event. These will be provided to volunteers if necessary. Participants must wear a face covering (the free TDA buff meets this requirement) until the event starts, at all rest stops, and after they finish the event.

Participants will not be permitted to form in groups. They must maintain 6 foot distancing while in the start/finish area, in the event hub, and at all rest stops.

Custom Tour d’Apple buffs will be given to all 350 participants to register. The deadline to register and receive a free buff is Aug. 15.

An optional Virtual event experience is being offered so riders can participate in this cycling event from anywhere. Ride from your home, the park, or anywhere else you choose and submit your results online.

The packet, numbered bib and swag for this event can be shipped before the ride for $10, an option that is available when you register.

For those who do not want their packets mailed, there is a Drive-thru Packet Pick-up the day prior to the event will be Sept. 6 from 1-4 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Community College Parking lot.

To encourage social distancing, there will be no packet pickup or registration on the morning of the ride.

Look for updates on the Tour d’Apple website http://tourdapple.com/ for updates and changes as Labor Day approaches.

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