2017 Tour des Lakes Photos

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Ride in the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails Rodeo

SW Trails Bike Rodeo

SW Trails Bike RodeoA bike rodeo that is.  This Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at the Syracuse Community Center from 9am-noon.

Also, Touch-A-Truck!

This is a hands-on event that will offer kids with the opportunity to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks, heavy equipment, and emergency vehicles as well as interact with community support leaders including police officers, firemen, construction workers and more.

Bring out the entire family to enjoy sitting in these trucks and learning about what they do, how they work and how they benefit our community! Vehicles will include:

Fire Trucks  |  Ambulance  |  Police Cars  |  School Bus  |  Tow TruckSW Trails Bike Rodeo

Semi-Truck  |  Tractors  |  Construction Equipment  |  And more!

In addition to the vehicles, the event will also have several safety-related activities including:

Bike Rodeo  |  Fingerprinting Clinic  |  Life Jacket Demos  |  First Aid Kits

A limited number of bike helmets will be given away to participants of the bike safety course hosted by the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails.

See you there!

2016 Sponsor Certificates

Tour des Lakes 2016 Sponsorship Certificates

Part of the deal for being a sponsor of the Tour des Lakes is that you get a certificate! Check out the 2016 Certificates below: 

We would like to thank all the 2016 Tour des Lakes Sponsors! Without your support, we would not be able to grow our event each year. Last year we hit record numbers with 350 riders and this year we hope to hit over 400 riders and their families. We hit our first 50 riders in record time, so we feel we are on our way to making 2017 the best year yet!

Not only do you get a certificate, but we announce your sponsorship, link to your business, include you in emails, your logo goes on route signs, maps and more! 

Our deadline for 2017 Sponsorships is coming up, so if you have any interest in your business sponsoring this year, please let us know as soon as possible! We are purchasing an inflatable arch for the Start Finish Line and more Banners this year, and these materials will be going to print soon, so Sponsor Today!

We have hit 50 Registrants in record time for 2017!

TDL First 50 Registrants

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year Tour des Lakes reached its first 50 registrants in record time.  It only took 9 days to hit the milestone. Sorry, no more free T-shirts this year.. 🙁  The price, however, is still only $30 per adult and $10 per youth (ages 13-17). The price goes up June 1st, so if you haven’t registered yet, better do it now.[/vc_column_text][mk_button dimension=”flat” size=”large” url=”http://www.tourdeslakes.com/register/” align=”center”]Register Today![/mk_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Local Student, of Wawasee High, Designs Tour des Lakes, #TDL7, T-Shirt

Tour des Lakes T-Shirt Contest Winner Wynter Rhodes
Tour des Lakes T-Shirt Contest Winner Wynter Rhodes & Teacher Bill Eby
Tour des Lakes T-Shirt Contest Winner Wynter Rhodes & Teacher Bill Eby

Wawasee High School sophomore, Wynter Rhodes won a contest to design the 2016 Tour des Lakes T-shirt.

Syracuse, IN – The Tour des Lakes bike ride committee decided to hold a contest to design this year’s T-shirt. Teddy Pieper, of Velocity Concepts, LLC, contacted Mr. Eby, the computer graphics teacher at Wawasee High School. His students produced 32 beautiful and creative entries.

“It was difficult to narrow down the entries and in the end, we chose two different designs” recalls Syracuse-Wawasee Trail director Megan McClellan. Amazingly both designs came from

the same student, Wynter Rhodes. Wynter was a sophomore at Wawasee High School. Though her favorite subject is Art, she had never designed anything like this before. She has also never attended the Tour des Lakes, though she does ride her bike around town. “For a while, it was my only mode of transportation”, she elaborated.

Tour-des-Lakes-2016-T-Shirt-MockUp-webA large portion of the proceeds from the Tour des Lakes goes to improving the walking and biking trails in and around Syracuse. This increases safety for all people whose only mode of transpiration is a bike. The Tour des Lakes T-shirts are given free to the first 50 registrants and other riders can purchase them for $20. So far this year there are 150 pre-registered riders. This is more than double the number pre-registered at this time last year.

If you would like more information or to register for the Tour des Lakes bike ride go to www.TourDesLakes.com. To keep up to date on all the latest ride details “like” them on Facebook.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me at the number or e-mail below.

Thank you!
Megan McClellan
Executive Director
Syracuse-Wawasee Trail
1013 N. Long Dr.
Syracuse, IN 46567

Tour des Lakes has over 50 registrants for 2016!

Tour des Lakes 2016 TShirt Design

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Tour des Lakes would like to thank everyone that has registered thus far for the tour! We have over 50 registrants now, so that means no more free t-shirts with registration.. 🙁 However! You can still select what t-shirt size you would like to have when you register to ensure that we have your size when you arrive at the tour! T-shirts will be $20/ea and will come in all the regular sizes, reserve yours at registrations today![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”844″ img_size=”medium” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][mk_fancy_title size=”24″ font_weight=”bold” margin_bottom=”10″ font_family=”none”]New T-Shirt Design for 2016[/mk_fancy_title][vc_column_text]The Tour des Lakes would like to introduce the design for the 2016 t-shirts. With help from Wynter Rhodes of Wawasee High School computer graphics class, we got this amazing new design! Thank you to all who participated in the design contest we held at the High School. Be sure to reserve your shirt when you register for the Tour des Lakes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column][mk_button dimension=”flat” size=”large” url=”http://www.tourdeslakes.com/register/” align=”center”]Register Today![/mk_button][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Tour des Lakes Gives Back to Syracuse-Wawasee Trails

TDL7 Helps Syracuse Wawasee Trails

Did you know part of the proceeds from Tour Des Lakes goes to the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails. The Trails department strives to create more public spaces for our community to be active in. We all have heard about the benefit of trails and our health. Be it walking, running or biking, the exercise and being out of doors have proven to improve our health and outlook.

But another benefit of a trails system might be even closer to your heart as it can improve your property value. Both the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Association of Realtors have found that trails are the second most important community amenity that potential homeowners find important with looking for a new community.   This translates into increased property values as cities and towns invest in a trail system.

The “walkability” of a town to areas of schools, shopping and social destinations helps to raise the livability for its residents. And with that it can help to increase interest in an area and that can increase the property values in a neighborhood or town.

With the completion of the 5 miles of trails around Syracuse Lake, the continuation of trails through town and the plans to start the process of connecting the remainder of Wawasee to the existing trails we can provide un-paralled access to restaurants, schools and shopping as well as making our community and the neighborhoods that are adjacent to the trails of more value to potential homeowners. So in addition to providing opportunities for physical activity our trails can also be an economic benefit to the residents of the area.

There are also benefits to our younger community members. Not long ago, children routinely traveled to and from school by foot or by bicycle. That is no longer the case. The circumstances that have led to a decline in walking and bicycling to school have created a self-perpetuating cycle. As motor vehicle traffic increases, parents become convinced that it is unsafe for their children to walk or bicycle to school. They begin driving them to school, thereby adding even more traffic to the road and sustaining the cycle. The trails department is looking to break this cycle with the availability of more trails. For more information on how trails benefit children visit the trails website.

The Tour Des Lakes is excited to help support this investment in our community. Sign up for Tour Des Lakes today to help contribute!

Calling All Volunteers!

Tour des Lakes Calling All Volunteers

Spring is thankfully right around the corner! So, if you are looking for a way to get out and help the community look no further because Tour Des Lakes and the Syrcause Wawasee Trail’s community is looking for community-minded, energetic volunteers. Webster defines Volunteerism as the use of involvement of volunteer labor, especially in community services. Every community service can use extra help and Tour Des Lakes and Syracuse Wawasee Trails is no exception. As the organization grows and expands, so does the need for help. We are always looking for helpers to work at the setting up the event, helping the ride run smoothly, cleaning up our trails, and serving on the board. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does take commitment. We are now excepting volunteers for the ride and the trails.

Go to our Volunteer page to sign up with Tour Des Lakes.

Give Megan McClellan a phone call on her cell at 513-835-5631 or e-mail her at [email protected] to get involved with the trails!