Where does the Tour de Crème start and finish?
All rides start from Mattapoisett Town Beach, 32 Water Street, Mattapoisett. Arrive early to check in. We’ll have restrooms and bike pumps available.
The rides end nearby at Munro Preserve, next to the Mattapoisett Town Wharf, at 1 Main St. All riders finish through a chute where we’ll check off your number. Please call it out your number if it’s not visible. If you’ve got a t-shirt or a fundraising perk coming to you, you can pick it up at the finish.
Don’t forget, we’ve got fun post-ride party with food, beverages, live music and free massages.
I didn’t register in advance. Can I register on Sunday or just ride along?
Please understand that the cap is firm and based on the maximum number that we consider safe and manageable. We’ve applied for permission from 7 towns and MassDOT based on 300 participants plus a few volunteer riders. We cannot responsibly accept more riders.
We encourage you to download the tour maps and organize your own ride at a later date. Same great scenery, same great creameries!
What do I need to bring?
- Your bike helmet
- A signed release form if you’re under 18 or someone else registered you (see below).
- Water bottle
- Your bike (check it before the event)
- Donations you’ve collected offline
- Cash or credit card for refreshments after the ride
When should I arrive at the start?
Please arrive at the Mattapoisett Town Beach starting area 30 to 45 minutes before your tour starts to allow time to check in, put on your number, inflate your tires, and listen to the safety briefing.
- 50-mile tour: arrive by 9:30 AM
- 25-mile tour: arrive from 10:05 to 10:30 AM
- 19-mile tour: arrive from 11:05 to 11:30 AM
- 11-mile tour: arrive from 12:05 to 12:30 PM
Where do I park?
The Harbormaster requests that we do not park at the Town Wharf. We have to work with her so please respect that. There will be some parking at the Town Beach, adjacent to the starting area, to accommodate many riders. Overflow parking is available at the Center School lot at Barstow and Hammond Streets or in the lot on Railroad Avenue, north of Depot Street. In the unlikely event those lots are full, you may also use the parking lot at the Bowlmor on Route 6. From these parking areas, you can easily walk or ride to the starting line and from the finish line.
Do I need to wear a helmet?
Yes, all riders MUST wear a helmet at all times when cycling. And listen, it’s important for your safety that you can hear approaching vehicles and other riders–headphones will not be permitted.
Do I need to sign a release?
Yes, all participants must read and digitally sign a release during the registration process.
- If someone else signed up for you, you will need to sign a release form at check in.
- If you are under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must sign the release form when you register.
- If you registered yourself, you have already signed the release electronically. You’re set!
Click here to download a PDF copy of the release.
Will the tour be held in the event of rain?
Yes, the ride will be held RAIN OR SHINE, within reason. The ride will only be canceled if there is a heavy rain or fog making the roads unsafe for cyclists. Check our Facebook page for updates if the weather is questionable.
Do I need money for the creameries?
Each creamery on your tour will give a free scoop of ice cream. Beyond that, you are a regular, paying customer. Riders on the 11 and 19 mile tours are also welcome to get a free scoop at the end of their rides from the Seaport Slip!
Is there a paper/GPX/RideWithGPS map?
Well, if you ask that way, of course! We’ll give you a paper map with a turn by turn cue sheet when you check in. See the individual tour pages if you’d like to study the map in advance.
For the digitally inclined, we will have GPX files for the 25 and 50-mile tours. The links are at the bottom of the tour pages. RideWithGPS users can download maps here.
How do I follow the route?
Follow the orange ice cream cones painted on the road. There will be one before, at, and after each turn. If there’s no arrow, keep going straight! You can also ride along with one of our official Tour de Crème Ambassadors, who will be wearing a volunteer t-shirt.
We’ll give you a map too in case you get lost. The routes are the same as in 2018 with a minor change on the 25 and 50 mile routes.
What if I get lost or stranded?
We’ve got you covered. We’ll have a support vehicle following the ride and even Velofix, a mobile bike shop, on hand to assist stranded cyclists. Call the number on your wristband if you have a problem. If it’s medical, call 911 first.
How long does it take?
You have plenty of time to enjoy the ice cream. We expect you to finish by around 3:00 pm. For the:
- 50-mile tour, you have 5 to 5 1/2 hours.
- 25-mile tour, 4 hours.
- 19-mile tour, 3 hours.
- 11-mile tour, 2 hours.
What is the Tour de Crème?
The Tour de Crème is a family-oriented fundraising event sponsored by the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path. It combines cycling through the beautiful SouthCoast countryside with stops for ice cream at local creameries. There are four different tours — 11 miles, 19 miles, 25 miles or 50 miles — from which to choose.
How will the proceeds from this fundraising event be used?
All proceeds from the event will be split between two projects that benefit everyone in Mattapoisett and the surrounding area. The first is a new rail trail connecting Mattapoisett to Marion. The second is the maintenance and expansion of hiking trails on Mattapoisett Land Trust properties.
How much does it cost to participate in the Tour de Crème?
The registration fees in 2019 are:
- $10 for the 11-mile tour.
- $25 for the 19-mile tour.
- $45 for the 25-mile tour.
- $70 for the 50-mile tour.
We offer discounted registration fees for riders 12 years of age or younger on our 11-mile and 19-mile tours. Very young riders who travel on a parent’s bike or are towed by a parent need not register. Just take them along for the ride.
The registration fee includes ice cream samples at the creameries along the route and a Tour de Crème T-shirt.
Is there a fundraising requirement?
Yes, in 2019 each participant is required to raise at least $10 for us. That is in addition to the registration fee. After registering for the event, you’ll be taken to a fundraising page where you can ask others to make donations.
How do I set up my own Fundraiser?
See the Fundraise page for everything you need to know.
Are there fundraising prizes?
It’s not a contest, but if you raise $100 for hiking and biking trails, we will treat you to a delicious OxCart lobster roll.
If you raise $250, we will give you a nifty set of rechargeable Kryptonite LED bike lights.
And if you’re a champion “yellow jersey” fundraiser and bring in $500 or more, we will thank you with a fabulous Tour de Crème bike jersey. Yellow, of course, and with 3 pockets.
Finally, if you raise $1,000 or more, we will give you all three “prizes”! These are our way of thanking you for “going the extra mile.”
Can I participate in other ways?
If you don’t wish to ride in the Tour de Crème, we welcome your participation as a volunteer. Please visit our Volunteer page to sign up. Or, you can raise funds for the cause and attend the after party, but skip the cycling.
If we haven’t answered your question, please contact us.