kids and a teacher at a salad bar

2017 Tour de FreshFAQs

Fundraising/School Selection/CrowdRise

Q: What is the school selection process for 2018?
A: In an effort to make the biggest impact possible this year we have asked United to identify school districts on the list that have the greatest need. Specifically, we want to support districts that hope to receive salad bars for their whole district allowing all of their kids an equal opportunity to have access to fresh produce.

Some of you may want to support a school in your region. If you prefer to have your funds directed to a specific school, please let us know at and we will work with you.

Click here to see the list of school districts we are all helping gain salad bars in 2018.

Q: Why is our minimum fundraising goal $3,500?
A: Each Tour de Fresh rider has a minimum fundraising goal of $3,500 because that is the cost of one salad bar. Our collective goal is to fund at least 50 salad bars, and with a total of 50 rider spots, we strongly encourage each rider to meet or exceed this goal.

Q: What happens if I don't reach the minimum fundraising goal of $3,500?
A: Each person has the goal of raising enough funds for one salad bar. On the rare occasion when the goal is not met, we use funds from another team member that may have surpassed their goal. Ideally, we are trying to help as many schools as possible obtain a salad bar for their students so we work together to make that happen.

Q: Do you have any resources that we can use to supplement our fundraising efforts?
A: Click here for a generic letter that you may use to supplement your fundraising efforts. Simply customize it by filling in the blanks and send it to friends/family. We have also been highlighting riders on our Tour de Fresh social platforms. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and feel free to re-post our content for more exposure. Additionally, we have been distributing local press releases to your selected school districts' communities to help increase local fundraising support.

Q: Why do we have a CrowdRise profile?
A: CrowdRise is the fundraising site that the "Donate Now" button on your Tour de Fresh rider profile links to. This site tracks our fundraising progress and donation information. We created a CrowdRise profile for every rider, which you can customize however you'd like to. Click here to access our 2018 Tour de Fresh CrowdRise page and email

Q: Should I direct people to my CrowdRise page or the Tour de Fresh Riders page?
A: Either one works! If you don't want to mess with CrowdRise, you don't have to. You are still able to receive donations without even logging in to your CrowdRise account.

Q: What if I receive a cash or check donation directly?
A: You can forward direct donations to Cindy Jewell, California Giant Foundation, PO Box 1359, Watsonville, CA 95076 – once those donations are received, your CrowdRise account and Tour de Fresh rider profile ( will be updated to reflect that direct donation.

Meals & Snacks

Q: Do we need to bring our own food for the ride?
A: All meals and nutrition stop snacks and beverages will be provided. Our official Tour registered dietician specializes in cycling nutrition and ensures that all of the meals, snacks and beverages provided during the ride will keep your body fueled and ready to ride! We strive for the Tour de Fresh to be much more than a bike ride and our sponsored meal events are highlights that greatly contribute to team networking and camaraderie.


Q: Do we need to bring our own jerseys for each day of the ride, or will one be provided?
A: We will provide you with one official Tour de Fresh jersey when you arrive in Kirkwood.  This jersey will be worn for the start of the ride on Monday, and again as we all cross the finish line together.  You are each encouraged to wear a company logo jersey during the rest of the ride or you can wear your lucky jersey from home or a previous jersey from past Tour de Fresh.

Ride Route, Logistics & Bike Shipments

Q: Is the route available on Garmin or Strava?
A: We will post the daily route on both Garmin and Strava under a group name. You are invited to join the group so you can download the route directly.  We will follow up with additional information once the group is setup. Please email for any questions.

Q: Who do I contact regarding ride route and bike equipment questions?
A: Feel free to reach out to our ride manager Alex at if you have specific questions about the ride itself and be sure to check out the route here  If you have questions about bike equipment needs please email Alex at  Any other questions about logistics, please contact us at

Q: How do I transport my bike to the start of the ride?
A: If you need to ship your bike to California in advance of the ride, we can help.  Some riders opt to use a service that is available called or Note that you'll still need to pack/box your bike in order to ship with either of these services.  If you don't have your own bike bag or case, here's a helpful video guideline for boxing:

Of course, you can contract with your local bike shop to pack up your bike.  They may also offer provide a door-to-door shipping service.  Whichever method you choose, ship to these locations.  Appropriate arrival dates will be provided closer to the event:

  • California Giant offices: pre-build to get on Trucks driving to Kirkwood in advance
  • The Kirkwood Resort: Resort will accept & hold before ride

If you are flying/travelling with your bike directly to the Kirkwood start, our Tour De Fresh pro mechanics will be on hand to assemble and/or pre-ride check your bike before we roll out.  Details on timing for this service will follow.

Hotel Accommodations

Q: Am I able to have my own hotel room?
A: Each rider has hotel accommodations covered from Sunday night through Wednesday night along the route.  All hotel rooms are shared with two riders per room unless you registered and paid for single rooms in advance based on availability.  If you require a single room, you must do so in advance and pay the difference in costs ($750).  Please be advised as the date gets closer to the event, extra rooms may not be available.  Also, if you have a specific rider you want to share a room with, let us know and we will accommodate you. Just contact us at

Additional Information


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Distance: 275 bike miles | Terrain: Asphalt