Tour de Leaves ~ 2015 planning underway

Published 10:33 am Friday, August 7, 2015

Tandem riders, mother and son, enjoy a refreshing break from their ride on the Tour de Leaves last year.

Tandem riders, father and son, enjoy a refreshing break from their ride on the Tour de Leaves last year.

Tour de Leaves ~ 2015 will be returning to Harmon Field for the 10th year and has plans to make this year’s event exciting for more riders to honor our 10 years here in Tryon, N.C. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. First riders leave at 9 a.m.

The event returns with the same routes for the advanced riders and the medium riders in the TdL Grande (66.1) and TdL Lite (31.9 miles), as well as families who want to spend some time riding together on our shorter TdL Family Ride. One loop around Warrior Drive is four miles.

This year we are offering activities at Harmon Field for young riders who are members of youth clubs such as Adventurers, Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Pathfinders. Instruction will be available at various stations to help the young people complete requirements for their respective club awards.

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Registration is open at For more information call Lorna at 828-817-1544 or e-mail

Tour de Leaves was started in 1998 by the Henderson County Family YMCA. During the course of the first eight years, the venue for the start of the Tour changed from year to year. In 2006, Harmon Field became the venue for the tour, and it has remained at this location since that year. At the end of the event in October 2008, the YMCA passed the Tour to Friends of Harmon Field who hosted it for four years. When the Friends of Harmon Field was dissolved at the end of 2012, a committee of Tour de Leaves lovers formed and has kept it running since that time.

Nature’s Storehouse in Tryon, NC is the presenting sponsor with other businesses contributing to the event, which benefits Big Brothers/Big Sisters – serving Polk County and the Landrum area – and other area youth groups.

– Submitted by Lorna Rae Dever