** POSTPONED **
Given the current threat of severe weather, the Tour de Blue bicycle ride for Saturday, April 25th will not be held. Rider and volunteer safety are our #1 priority. We are exploring alternative arrangements and will communicate those as soon as possible. Current registrations will be maintained on Active.com for the new date. However, if desired, refunds will also be honored or a tax donation letter issued. We appreciate everyone's support as we continue our fight against prostate cancer.
Thomas E. Moody, M.D., President, Urology Health Foundation
The Tour de Blue offers cyclists a well-supported springtime riding experience through the scenic countryside of St. Clair and nearby counties in Alabama. The ride starts and finishes at the gorgeous 65-acre corporate campus of Red Diamond in Moody, Alabama (just outside Birmingham) (map). There are several exciting cycling routes, including a 107, 76, 48 & 13 mile option. The terrain is rolling and, for the three longer distance rides, there are several challenging climbs.
On the century route, riders will be in for a real treat. After ascending Blount Mountain and passing McClendon Gap, they will enjoy a magnificent view of nearby mountains and the valley below while cycling along a twelve-mile stretch of ridge top. Heading further, they will circle around Chandler Mountain, an unusual mesa-like formation of pre-Cambrian origins which is renowned for the Horse Pens 40 nature park on top. The longer rides then wind through the historic town of Ashville, home to the John Looney House. Built around 1820, the Looney House is a rare example of pioneer architecture in Alabama.
All routes offer rolling SAG support and well-stocked rest stops. The cost includes a post-ride meal (Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q) and an event t-shirt for the first 300 registrants. A cool-looking Tour de Blue jersey is also available for purchase. Early bird discounts are available on Active.com.
The Tour de Blue benefits the Urology Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 2007, the Urology Health Foundation has screened thousands of men for prostate cancer for free in many Alabama counties. If an abnormality is found and the patient is unable to afford treatment, the Urology Health Foundation will assist in helping to find treatment at no cost to the patient.