History of The Tour de Force

2015
Start: NYPD 84 Precinct
Finish: Boston Harbor
Riders: 234 - Support Team: 41
2002
Start:
Ground Zero, NYC
Finish:
The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Riders: 9 - Support Team: 4
2003
Start:
Ground Zero, NYC
Finish:
The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Riders: 43 - Support Team: 8
2004
Start:
The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Finish:
Ground Zero, NYC
Riders: 40 - Support Team: 8
2014
Start: Boston Marathon Finish Line
Finish: Freedom Tower, NYC
Riders: 231 - Support Team: 40
2016
Start:
Washington, DC
Finish:
NYC
Riders: 236 - Support Team: 42

The “Tour de Force” was started in 2002 after Det. Robert De Paolis of the NYPD (since retired) decided to ride his bike to honor the fallen police officers that gave their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was then joined by 7 other members of the NYPD and one member of the Bronx District Attorney's Office and along with four volunteer support personnel, they cycled their way from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to Ground Zero, NYC. In 2003, the Tour de Force was incorporated in the state of New York as a nonprofit charity and later gained 501(c)3 status from the IRS.

The TDF has now evolved into an annual four day event in which we continue to remember our brothers and sisters that died that fateful day. In their honor, we have made it our mission to raise funds for families of Police Officers, killed in the line of duty, nationwide. The TDF also holds several one day benefit events, each year.

Each September, law enforcement officers from around the country and abroad depart on bicycles and journey approximately 270 miles along the east coast to support this cause. Each and every rider participates in raising funds to support what we all believe is a wonderful and very worthwhile endeavor. It is the belief in our mission that brings so many participants back year after year.

In 2008 the TDF purchased an enclosed trailer that serves as our mobile H.Q. during the 9/11 Memorial Ride and our one day events. The trailer allows the staff to store bikes, equipment, first aid kits and many other items that are needed to properly support our participants.

The Tour de Force is a fully supported ride with a dedicated support staff of volunteers. Since our first ride in 2002, we have now grown to more than 250 riders and 40 support team members. Six regional coordinators help guide the participants in their region, while a four member Board of Directors is charged with the yearly operations, planning, and facilitation of this nonprofit organization.

 

2005
Start:
Ground Zero, NYC
Finish:
The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Riders: 79 - Support Team: 12
2013
Start: Freedom Tower, NYC
Finish: Boston Marathon Finish Line
Riders: 220 - Support Team: 40
2006
Start:
Ground Zero, NYC
Finish:
The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Riders: 105 - Support Team: 14
2012
Start: City Hall , Boston, MA
Finish: Ground Zero, NYC
Riders: 206 - Support Team: 34
2007
Start:
Yankee Stadium , Bronx, NY
Finish:
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Riders: 128 - Support Team: 20
2011
Start: Ground Zero, NYC
Finish: The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Riders: 253 - Support Team: 40
2010
Start:
The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Finish:
Ground Zero, NYC
Riders: 208 - Support Team: 35
2009
Start:
9/11 Memorial, Boston, MA
Finish:
Ground Zero, NYC
Riders: 158 - Support Team: 23
2008
Start:
The Pentagon, Arlington, VA
Finish:
Ground Zero, NYC
Riders: 132 - Support Team: 20