UPDATE MARCH 19, 2020:
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED. READ STATEMENT BELOW FROM ORGANIZERS.
Due to the latest update on COVID-19, we are rescheduling the Tour De Salt Shaker. We believe this postponement will assist the healthcare system to manage this crisis while also keeping the safety and well-being of the cyclists, the Saline County community, and the volunteers and staff in mind.
We have rescheduled the Tour De Salt Shaker for September 12, 2020. Please stay tuned with all the new updated details. This will be a great way to come together as a community after such a trying time in our nation. This will also give us extra time to work on details to make this an even greater event that Saline County can be proud of.
With this change, we are happy to announce that the rescheduled date of September 12, 2020 falls two weeks prior to the Big Dam Bridge 100, Arkansas’ Largest Cycling Tour. The Tour De Salt Shaker will be an excellent training ride for many around our state that will be participating in this ride.
Please contact us with any questions that you may have. And most importantly, thank you for your support! I look forward to hearing back from you.
Check out our Tour De Salt Shaker website often for updates: https://www.tourdesaltshaker.com
ABBA Charities announces the first ever Tour de Salt Shaker, a Saline County community event that brings cycling and backyard barbeque together for a day of fun.
The Saline County festival will raise awareness and support for adoption and foster care in our community as well as support services for women in unplanned pregnancies,” stated organizer Kandi Cox.
All proceeds from this event will go to ABBA Charities, Inc., which supports these service in Saline County and throughout the state of Arkansas.
The Tour de Salt Shaker ride will have three cycling routes around the county. The Fondo is 47.69 miles, the Medio is 31.08 miles and the Townie is 9.88 miles. See the tentative course map below.
It all begins and ends in downtown Benton. That’s where the Backyard Barbeque Cook-off will be hosted. The competition will be all about wings, with prizes for Best Sauce, Best Overall Flavor, Best Presentation and Best Decorated Space. There will be craft booths, face painting, a tot race, live entertainment, food trucks, inflatables and more.
Across the county in Bryant’s Mills Park, there will be a Mountain Bike Relay, and it will also have craft booths, food trucks, music and festivities for all ages.
Click to enlarge the Course Map below. The route is TENTATIVE, and we will be posting an update soon.