Total amount raised from 2019 Tour de Slate and given to Teen Challenge Vermont
That is a 33% increase from last year
And Teen Challenge has a matching donor for the month of August so that number will be doubled!
Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped make this all possible :
riders, fund raisers, sponsors and of course our volunteers!!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
We are already in the early planning stage of Tour de Slate 2020 so...
Save the Date:
Time until first rider group leaves Middletown Springs
August 1, 2020
Great time mixing and visiting with folks whose lives were
changed through efforts of Teen Challenge.
"Of all the fund-raising bike rides I've participated in, "Teen Challenges' - Tour de slate" was the most enjoyable. Where else can you experience such great mountain scenery while supporting a wonderful cause. For me the highlight came at the conclusion of the ride. Great food and personal stories of youngsters finding a new life in recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism." - Jim, New Jersey
Click on the video below for a quick look at 2019 event
What is Tour de Slate
The Tour de Slate is a bicycle ride that raises funds for Teen Challenge Vt.
The rides are centered around Middletown Springs Vt and the neighboring towns.
The Tour de Slate is made up of four different routes designed to provide an enjoyable ride no matter what your level of experience. The most challenging ride, for avid road cyclists, is a metric century (100km, 63.4 mi) ride. The additional choices of a 36 mile route, a 24.7 mile route or a family ride (off road on a trail) will ensure that there is a ride suitable for everyone. The 'Tour de Slate' is aptly named as it tours the world renowned slate valley of western Vermont and bordering NY state. The beneficiary of the ride is Teen Challenge, VT. (All net proceeds will be donated to that organization.)
Why Teen Challenge?
Vermont has one of the the highest illicit drug usage rates in the nation.
How can you/we help end addiction?
According to some surveys,Teen Challenge is the most successful drug and alcohol abuse recovery program in the nation. It is totally funded by private donations and other fund raising events. Teen Challenge, VT receives no government tax funding!
Teen Challenge has a three pronged approach to ending addiction:
1.Their End Addiction campaign brings a substance abuse prevention presentation to schools, youth groups or community events. It is interactive, multi-media and includes real stories of people who have overcome addiction.
2.The traditional Teen Challenge residential program for men is the most successful (for those who complete the program) drug and alcohol addiction recovery program in the country.
3. Teen Challenge, VT is in the process of opening a women's facility where abused and addicted women can find refuge. It will be functional by the spring of 2019.
What a great ride for a most worthy cause. The Tour de Slate fund raising ride is a terrific way to enjoy riding the roads of Vermont, while raising money to help stop teenage substance addiction. I had a wonderful time riding the rolling terrain, sharing the road with fellow riders, chatting with a variety of folks at the rest stops, and discussing our experiences with fellow riders and teens at the post ride lunch (which had excellent food). This is a ride that I will look to ride each and every year. Rob, Danbury, Ct
Below is a short video of the Tour de Slate Vision.
Tour de Slate is an outreach event of The Middletown Springs Community Church
Middletown Springs, Vt