The El Camino YMCA hosted the first “Tour de Hope” cycling event on August 1, raising over $5000 for Hope’s Corner. This year's “Tour” was a friendly stationary bike competition among two- and three-person teams trying to pedal the most miles over 90 minutes. Six teams participated in the inaugural “Tour”, which was won by Vin Wolff and Chris MacAskill. Their names will appear on the “Tour de Hope Cup”, which is, appropriately, an oversized stainless-steel measuring cup.
Two teams from Humu and one from Fenwick & West composed the company teams. Other teams were made up of regular Hope’s Corner volunteers and their friends and family. Mountain View Vice Mayor, Margaret Abe-Koga, used her spin cycling expertise to emcee the event and keep participants energized.
Participants were entered in a raffle featuring gift certificates from several Mountain View businesses, including Amici’s, Cafe Baklava, Cognition Cyclery, Dana Street Roasting Company, DoorDash, Flights, Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too, Kelly’s Healing Massage, Pizza My Heart, and Scratch. Staff from the El Camino YMCA provided essential support for the event and helped make it a success.
The "Tour" was the brainchild of staff from Humu who wanted to partner with Hope’s Corner in holding a fundraiser. Humu is located in downtown Mountain View and produces products for improving workplaces by making them more productive, innovative, inclusive, and happy.
Since teams participating in the "2019 Tour de Hope" had so much fun, plans are to make this an annual event. Keep your eyes open for announcements in the new year for the "2020 Tour de Hope".