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Tour du Rouge ride from Houston to New Orleans to stop in Gonzales

Staff reports

HOUSTON – Gonzales will be one of the stops in the American Red Cross’s Tour du Rouge.

After being delayed by Hurricane Ike, the upper Gulf Coast Chapters of the American Red Cross in Texas and Louisiana are gearing back up for the bike tour.

It will stretch 512 miles over six days from Humble, Texas to New Orleans, and winds along the Gulf Coast, staying along the coastline most of the way. The ride is aimed at serious cyclists who will be riding an average of 85 miles a day. The cyclists will now leave Humble on Sunday, May 3, and arrive in New Orleans on Friday, May 8.

The tour was originally scheduled for October, but is now postponed until May. In conjunction with the six-day ride, there is now a one day ride being offered from Humble to Beaumont, Texas to lead off the tour. All cyclists will leave on Sunday morning from Humble, and the one day riders will be bussed back after arrival in Beaumont.

The space is limited to 500 riders and online registration began January 31.

The presenting sponsor for the ride is ModSpace, a leading provider of modular buildings and storage units.

ModSpace currently serves over 3,800 customers in the Gulf Region utilizing over 15,000 modular buildings and storage units. ModSpace assists in disaster relief efforts by providing temporary modular space (for emergency personnel, medical assistance, and general office space or storage), construction site trailers during rebuilding efforts and quick delivery of modular building solutions.

During the ride, ModSpace will provide mobile office and storage units, and the Beaumont and LaPlace.

ModSpace branch locations will serve as rest stops along the Tour du Rouge route.

The tour will be a fully supported ride, with SAG vehicles, mechanical assistance and First Aid provided. Rest stops will be every 20-25 miles. Overnights will be spent in Beaumont, Creole, Abbeville, Morgan City, Gonzales and New Orleans. Cyclists will spend five nights in hotels, and one night in a Red Cross Shelter on the beach in Creole.

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks will be provided. Each night’s dinner will feature local cuisine, entertainment and information reflecting unique cultural, environmental or educational highlights of that particular Gulf Coast community. Cyclists will have the opportunity to meet residents and learn about the communities that are direct beneficiaries of the funds raised from the ride.

Cyclists are required to raise money to cover their expenses. To register or learn more about the Tour du Rouge, visit www.tourdurouge.org.