Welcome to the 12th Annual
Tour de Fresno & PRPOOR Festival!
Thanks to your participation and our sponsors we invite you to join us again for the 12th Annual Tour de Fresno ride, which will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Tour de Fresno Countdown
Until SEPTEMBER 19, 2020, 6:30AM
Explore the Heartland of America – the Fruit Basket of the World & Be part of PRPOOR* Festival, an ancient tradition!
With great excitement we announce the 12th annual Tour de Fresno charity Bike Ride, that will start and finish at The Vineyards at California Armenian Home grounds located at 6720 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno, CA 93727. This year however, you are joining forces with another weekend festivities – locally known as PRPOOR!
The Ride is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020!
This year we will bring you a true weekend of festivities in celebration of the Valley’s bounty – riding through the vineyards and orchards, appreciate great hospitalities at various Fresno County city rest stops, and enjoy the festivities all day long at the finish line! Meanwhile later at night have the unique opportunity to observe how the native people of the Armenian Plato (later known as Asia Minor and Anatolia) celebrated the tradition of a great ancient practice of cooking grape molasses, that in Armenian is called ROOB – [pronounced as in syrub, sy-rub, sweet-rub]. You will also have the exclusive chance to taste an all-naturally processed grape molasses – the ROOB!*
Register now, and enjoy these festivities where ample foods, beer garden, music, dance and entertainment awaits you starting on Friday, September 18 and through midnight Saturday, September 19, 2020!
On Friday, riders have the option to sign up for special pasta dinner to be served at 6pm at the California Armenian Home grounds at Start/Finish line. On that night, you may also view how the pre- treated/cured pigs will be placed in earth deep pits to begin the slow cooking process for Saturday night festivities. (Please note: proceeds from the festivities will support local Charley Keyan elementary school, hence there will be an entry fee for general public is $5.00 per person. However, FREE entry pass will be granted to the cyclist for Friday night).
On Saturday, September 19, late registration opens at 5:30 am through 6:45 am.
Prior to the start of the ride you will have the fun of watching the crashing of freshly harvested grapes in the ancient, old fashion way! This is the first stage of a day-long process of making the ROOB.
All rides will start at 7:00 am; whereas the family rout will begin at 9:00am.
As part of your registration package, upon return to the finish line you will have your choice of freshly cooked chicken or beef kabab with rice pilaf, green beans, salad and water/soda. Vegetable plates will be available as well. Music, dance, beer garden and entertainment will continue.
Meanwhile the crashed grape juice will be processed in several stages on an open bone fire. Later at night when the foam – PRPOOR – is formed, it will be ripe time for you to taste the freshly made ROOB!
The evening and the meals are open to the public with an additional fee. You may think of bringing your family and friends to join in celebrating these ancient, centuries old traditions. A spread of delicious gourmet food will be available all night long! So will the live performances by entertainment groups, drinks, music and dance. You will observe the ceremonial presentation of the slow, deep soil cooked meal out of the pits, placed on large trays and carried out by local Boy Scouts and youth group members on pedestals. A mock traditional wedding celebration presented by a Los Angeles based performing group will follow prior the PRPOOR reaches its climax at 8:30pm.
We encourage you to take advantage of our “Early Bird” discounts. Registration fee will increase each month thereafter. The earlier you register the more you save. Click here, Register now AND SAVE!
The five different route options provide the participants with a great opportunity to explore the heartland of America, the fruit basket of the world! Join the ride and learn about people who live and work on farmlands, where fresh fruits are produced and end up in our kitchen.
The route options include: Century, Metric Century, Five City Fresno County Ride, Half Century, and Family friendly routes with rest stops provided at the cities of Fowler, Selma, Kingsburg, Parlier, Reedley, Orange Cove, Sanger and Clovis, prior to returning to Fresno!
Registration Fee effective dates and prices
|Till 6/30/20||7/31/20||8/31/20||9/14/20||Day of the Ride: 9/19/20|
|Six Cities Ride||$55||$65||$75||$85||$95|
Our Rest Stop Partners
Fowler: Hosted by Edwin Blaney Senior Center of Fowler, the rest stop is located at the Panzak Park at the corner of 3rd and Merced St. This beautiful setting is tempting to take a break, enjoy their delicious spread and energies yourself for the rest of the day.
Kingsburg: Located on the corner of Marion St. and Lewis St. in downtown Kingsburg. As in the previous years, the rest stop his generously hosted by members of Kingsburg Kiwanis. Create the opportunity to explore this charming Swedish Town and its hospitality.
Winton Park: The Park near Pine Flat Dam is one of the well know rest stops for the Valley cyclists. Courtesy of Edward Gonzales of Active Life Insurance Solutions, the rest stop reflects the free spirit of the cyclists who enjoy being in the nature and exploring new places.
Reedley: The Cricket Hallow Park by Reedley beach is the rest stop location. The local Chamber of Commerce and Reedley business community welcome you to Reedley. Take a rest and enjoy this scenic and culming site of the river.
Sanger: Located on Lincoln Park on Cherry Ave., the students of Interact Club at Sanger High School enthusiastically welcome you to their most favorite town – Sanger! Voted as their top choice by the riders, at the rest stop you could enjoy abundance of freshly picked fruits.
Orange Cove: Century riders will have a blast at the JD Eaton Memorial Park, located on the corner of Central St. and Park Blvd. where you will be served freshly squeezed Orange juice. Only in Orange Cove!
Parlier: One of the backbones of valley’s agro-business, here is where you meet members of the farming community that help pick and pack valley grown fruits and vegetables that we purchase at grocery stores nationwide! The rest stop will be in front of the city hall.
Selma: Water Stop located in Lincoln Park on the South East corner of Rose and McCall Ave. This year again volunteers at Selma Care are hosting the rest stop. While there, take advantage and visit Selma Car Show that takes place at the park.
The Vineyards at California Armenia Home: All rides will start and finish from the beautiful grounds of The Vineyards at California Armenian Home located on 6720 E. Kings Canyon Rd., Fresno, CA 93727. At the end of the ride participants will enjoy delicious freshly cooked meals at the grounds of the California Armenian Home.
You will also have the opportunity to take a guided tour of the new complex at The Vineyards, The tour guide will be offered every 30 minutes starting form 11:00 am till 3:30pm. Explore the Complex which is open to all who are in search of Independent Living, Assistant Living, Memory Care (for our loved ones suffering from Alzheimer and Dementia) and Skilled Nursing.