Join the boardwalk peloton and the wave of yellow shirts at the 15th annual Le Tour de Downbeach, Sunday, June 2 (rain date June 9) at 9:30am. Once again, a donation will be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in memory of one of Le Tour’s original organizers, Ann Marie Wiesen. Registration and start of the ride take place behind the Ventnor Library on Newport Avenue and the family outing is a great chance to appreciate the beauty and serenity of our seaside communities. Riders can warm up and stretch with Jackie Fox of Fox Fitness 4 You at the registration area. The flat, oceanside 12-mile bicycle tour begins each year in Ventnor and travels into Atlantic City (turn around in front of Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall at Kennedy Plaza), return through Ventnor, Margate and Longport and ending with a barbecue at Tomatoe’s restaurant on Amherst Ave. in Margate.

The first 200 riders receive a Le Tour de Downbeach commemorative t-shirt. At the start of the ride riders get a happy face sticker, fruit provided by Casel’s Marketplace, delicious cookies by North Beach Creamery and music provided by 95.1 WAYV. The ride concludes with a savory barbeque at Tomatoe’s with free water ice provided by Margate Dairy Bar and Burger and free Margate WAWA coupons.

“Le Tour is a great way to kick off the start of summer, one of the happiest times of year, and enjoy the biggest family bike ride at the shore! We look forward to seeing all of our returning riders and welcoming some new friends on June 2,” said Mike Wiesen, owner of AAAA Bike Shop and founder of Le Tour de Ventnor in 2009.

Pre-registration cost is $25 per rider or $20 each for four or more family riders. Day of ride registration is $30 per rider or $25 each for four or more family riders. Online registration ends at noon on Friday, May 31, riders can register in person Sunday, June 2 beginning at 9:30am.

Corporate support also provided by Tomatoe’s, Casel’s Marketplace, 95.1 WAYV, Aneu Kitchen of Margate, North Beach Creamery of Ventnor, Fox Fitness 4 You, Wawa Margate, and Atlantic County Toys for Kids.

To register or for more information go to www.margatehasmore.com , AAAA Bike Shop in Ventnor or the Margate Bike Shop in Margate.

Photo Credits: Tom Briglia 2023 ride