The ORIGINAL Tour de Donut bicycle race is a
spoof of the "Tour de France." The "race" starts with a mass start and is
led/paced to the boundary of Staunton, IL by the Staunton Police. The route has
varied slightly from year-to-year due to road conditions/construction and is over
rolling terrain with two donut stops. Riders must stop at the two checkpoint
stations (donut stops). Donut consumption is not mandatory, however, a five
minute bonus is awarded for each donut consumed and recorded. After the race
placement awards are presented by category for best Elapsed Time, Adjusted Time and Most
Donuts Eaten. Door/Attendance prizes and grand prizes are also awarded.
The Tour was originated by the Mid-America Bicycle Club and was
inherited by the McDonnell Douglas Employee Bicycle Club which shortly
thereafter became the Boeing Employee Bicycle Club (St. Louis). The Tour de Donut is normally held on the 2nd
Saturday of July - so that it occurs during the Tour de France. Due to the
nature and popularity of the event, race day registration was discontinued many years ago.
Registration has been via this web site, word-of-mouth and social media.
The start/finish of the Tour de Donut was originally at Staunton High
School, later it moved to the Elementary School next door. In 2004 the
start/finish moved to Staunton City Park. This location gives us more room to
spread out and more parking area. Race number pick-up opens at 7:00AM CDT with
the mass start (competitive riders first, then recreational rider immediately thereafter)
at 9:00AM CDT, to facilitate the prize/awards the race timing
officially ends at 12:00/noon CDT and award ceremony at 12:30PM CDT.