Annual Tour de Tonka bike ride is going virtual this year

"We simply cannot overcome the realities of COVID-19 fast enough for TDT to take place in 2020," event organizers said.
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Tour de Tonka riders during the 2019 event. 

Tour de Tonka riders during the 2019 event. 

The annual Tour de Tonka bike ride, which attracts thousands of cyclists to the Lake Minnetonka area, is going virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Event organizers announced the change Friday, saying it has made the "very difficult decision" to cancel the 2020 Tour de Tonka event, which was scheduled for Aug. 1.  

"We simply cannot overcome the realities of COVID-19 fast enough for TDT to take place in 2020," the event's website states. 

While the live event, which winds through several communities in the southwest suburbs, including Minnetonka, Wayzata, Shorewood, Chaska and Chanhassen, won't be happening this year, riders and volunteers are invited to participate in the first-ever virtual Tour de Tonka.

According to Tour de Tonka's website, the first 1,500 people to sign up for the virtual event will get a "unique Tour de Tonka face mask." It's $19 to participate ($21 if you want your mask mailed to you), with $5 from each fee being donated to the ICA Food Shelf, which serves the communities of Hopkins, Minnetonka, Excelsior, Shorewood, Deephaven, Greenwood and Woodland.

Riders can sign up here.

There will be door prizes, Tour de Tonka Trivia and more festivities that'll be announced later.

Tour de Tonka is hosted by and benefits Minnetonka Community Education, as well as the ICA Food Shelf. This would have been the 15th year of the event. 

Last year's ride attracted more than 3,400 people.

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