The last few years the final weekend in June has seen hundreds of cyclists take to the back roads of DeWitt County in the annual Tour DeWitt. Covid-19 had different plans this year, as the pandemic forced the cancellation of the event.
Tour Director, Steve Lobb, says organizers and participants were disappointed in the cancellation, but he notes all have been supportive.
Even though the ride isn't happening this year, Tour DeWitt is still supporting local youth. Lobb explains they typically donate all proceeds to the McLean County Child Protection Network, which supports the DeWitt County Children's Advocacy Center. He says community support has been overwhelming as sponsors and riders are still donating to the cause; despite the event being canceled.
Organizers are grateful to see the donations, as experts believe instances of unreported child abuse could be rising during the pandemic. Lobb says the generosity will ensure CPN services are available to any who may need them in the community.
Lobb and the Tour DeWitt organizers are asking anyone willing to help support their efforts to visit the ride's Facebook page for further information. You can also drop a donation in the mail via the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, just be sure to indicate it's for the Tour DeWitt fundraiser.