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.  


I’ve paid the registration fee, do I need to raise any more money?


No, fundraising is voluntary.  We will be delighted if you simply come, have fun and learn a little about us and the opportunities for cycling in Mattapoisett and enjoying the land trust’s properties.  

However, the registration fees barely cover the event costs, so please consider making a donation.  If you’d like to make a donation, you can start your own fundraiser (see below), contribute to someone else’s fundraiser, use the “Donate” link on our Home page, or write a check to Mattapoisett Land Trust and bring it with you when you check in for the ride or mail it to PO Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.  However you do it, all donations will be divided between the Mattapoisett Land Trust and Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path.


How do I set up my own Fundraiser?


If you’d like to start a fundraiser that your family and friends can donate to, go to crowdrise.com/TourdeCreme2018 and click “Join the Event,” “Fundraise for the Event” and “Start Your Own Fundraiser.”  Need some advice on how to fundraise, here are some Fundraising Tips.


Do I get a lobster roll if I raise $100?


Yes!  If you raise $100 for our causes, we will thank you with a famous OxCart lobster roll.  But wait, don’t stop, there’s more!

If you raise $250, we will give you a nifty set of rechargeable Kryptonite LED bike lights.  Safety first! 

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!  

All of these prizes are our way of thanking you for “going the extra mile.”  


How much does it cost to participate in the Tour de Crème?


The Tour de Crème provides an affordable ride for everyone, including families.  The registration fee for the 11-mile tour is $20, for the 19-mile tour is $30, for the 25-mile tour is $40 and for the 50-mile tour is $60.  Rather than a family rate this year, we are offering discounted registration fees for riders 12 years of age or younger on our 11-mile and 19-mile tours.  For the younger riders (12 and under), the registration fee will be $10 on the 11-mile tour and $15 on the 19-mile tour.   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. 

To register, go to the registration page of this website.

Do I need to sign a release?


Yes. All participants must read and sign a release form before riding.  When registering you will be required to electronically sign a release form.  If you are under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must sign the release form.  You can request a copy of the release by sending an email to info@tourdecreme.org.  If your parent/guardian is not accompanying you to the starting line, make sure you bring a signed release form with you.  


Where does the Tour de Crème start?


All four tours begin at the Mattapoisett Town Beach on Water Street.


When does the event start?


The starting times are noted on the creamery tour pages.  Please arrive 30 to 45 minutes before your start time to allow for registration and a briefing on the route.


Where can I park for this event?


The Harbormaster requests that we do not park at the Town Wharf.  We have to work with her so please respect that. We expect that there will be 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.

Where does the Tour de Crème end?


All four tours end at the Munro Preserve next to the Mattapoisett Town Wharf on Water Street.  At the finish line, we will be hosting a party for the riders from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm.


 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.


Will the tour be held in the event of rain?


Yes, the ride will be held RAIN OR SHINE.  The ride will only be canceled if there is a heavy rain or fog making the roads unsafe for cyclists.  


If I don’t want to ride, 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.