The annual Tour de Brew QC has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 25, and rerouted after flooding impacted the charity bike ride's original route.
The benefit event (moved from early May) offers a course of about 30 miles and takes riders on both sides of the river, with several establishments serving as special stops.
“We are looking forward to another successful ride benefiting cancer charities,” ride organizer Tina Anderson said in a recent news release. “The charities we work with have come to depend on our contribution to their annual fundraising goals. We are excited that several businesses and cities said 'yes' to our last-minute request for help.”
The route will start and end at the Front Street Tap Room, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. Riders will depart the tap room at 10 a.m. for Wake Brewing in Rock Island, taking the Government Bridge. They'll continue to Rock Island Brewing Company, then return to Iowa, where they will head east to Riverdale.
There, riders will stop at My Place the Pub; then will take the Duck Creek Bike Path to Devils Glen Road, to Crawford Brew Works in Bettendorf. After departing Crawford, riders will reverse the route, with a stop at Rudy’s Mexican Cantina in the Village of East Davenport, before returning to the Front Street Tap Room.
Tour de Brew QC also has rolled out a 5K walk this year. They will depart Front Street Tap Room at 1 p.m., stopping at Wake and Rock Island Brewing Company. Those who are feeling ambitious are welcome to start earlier and continue to the East Village, tacking on an additional couple of miles, the release said.
Packet pickup will be 3-7 p.m. Friday at Front Street. First organized in 2014, the ride raises awareness and supports cancer patients and their families in the Quad-Cities. Money raised this year will help Camp Kesem’s Augustana Chapter, Children’s Cancer Connection, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, and LIVESTRONG at the YMCA programs in Scott and Rock Island counties.
Tour de Brew QC has raised more than $80,000 for cancer programs in the past five years. In 2018, 563 riders from nine states and 93 cities came to participate in the one-day event.
“Tour de Brew QC crew is excited to be able to organize this fun event,” Anderson said. “It is hard to believe what started as a 'let’s do something to raise awareness for one cancer organization' has grown to provide grass roots fund raising for four nonprofits. The crew wants the community to know there are people and services who can help ease the burden cancer puts on the whole family.
“Tour de Brew QC was impacted by the 2019 floods, which means so were our charities,” she said. “ 'Floods Suck, but 'Cancer Sucks, Too' has become the crew’s new slogan.”
Registration for the full route costs $50; it's free for riders 13 and under, and the 5K costs $25. To sign up for the event, visit eventbrite.com/e/tour-de-brew-qc-tickets-54496662986.