Sponsored by the Natick Rotary, the Tour De Natick has been on my “to do” list for several years – but we’ve always missed it due to the Ashland triathlon, for which Steve provides support.

But this year, with the triathlon moved to the previous week, we were finally able to hit the “tour.” Traditionally held on Father’s Day, the Tour benefiting Natick scholars has two parts – a 25 mile “advanced” ride, followed by a 6 mile family ride.

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While the kids hung out with my parents, Steve and I joined new friends for the 25 mile ride through Natick, Dover and Sherborn. Following Saturday’s 55 miles PMC training, the ride provided a great chance to check my fitness with a second day ride. Keeping up a pace that put us at the front of the pack, we were glad to see the route was well marked (we all forgot to load the route ahead of time). Arriving back at the Natick Common we were greeted by enthusiastic volunteers and breakfast.

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Soon after the long ride, we were joined in the Common by our kids and my parents for the 6 mile Family Ride. With hundreds of children and families joining the ride, the start was a bit treacherous, but it ultimately opened up to allow everyone to ride safely. It was great to see so many families out on bikes!

Thanks to the Natick Rotary Club for organizing a wonderful day of riding for the dads and their families. We are looking forward to joining again next year!

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