Why We Ride

  • Red Cross volunteers in action
The Tour du Rouge was developed in 2008 and was originally planned to for October of that year. However, Hurricane Ike had other plans and the inaugural Tour was rescheduled for May of 2009. Many of the communities along the route were devastated by the storm as was witnessed by our original group of 63 riders. They saw firsthand their reason for riding.

The local residents were very excited to see our cyclists and the Red Cross volunteers riding through their community. To this day our riders are greeted with enthusiasm and appreciation. For more information on the American Red Cross, our mission and what we do visit here.


"The route cards were EXCELLENT and held up well. I especially liked the second card that contained specific route warnings."

Paul Landry, New Iberia, LA

"It was great having our room key ready when we arrived and our luggage already in the room!"

Jackie Coleman-Hypolite, Missouri City, TX

"People cannot believe it when I tell them that we had our own chef!"

Mat Cahill, Washington, DC

"Thanks again for a wonderful tour. The crew and volunteers were magnificent."

Patrick Berkebile, Baltimore, MD

"I've been on other multi-day rides and never had this level of service. Amazing."

Keith Sams, Springdale, AR

"It was a good route and I liked the varying scenery. The signage and support were exceptional!"

Dawn Quinlivan, Austin, TX