Since our first ride in 2002, we have now grown to more than 250 riders and over 40 support team members. Six regional coordinators help guide the participants in their region, while a four member Board of Directors is charged with the yearly operations, planning, and facilitation of this nonprofit organization.
Cycle in scenic West Point Military Academy, through Bear Mountain, down Palisades Park, along the beaches of New Jersey, past the cornfields of Delaware and finish at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.
All of this in four incredible days, spent honoring the ultimate sacrifices of police officers and preserving the memory of those lost on 9/11.
The “Tour de Force” was started in 2002 after NYPD Det. Robert De Paolis (ret) decided to ride his bike to honor the fallen police officers that gave their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. He was then joined by 7 other members of the NYPD and one member of the Bronx District Attorney's Office and along with four volunteer support personnel, they cycled their way from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, to Ground Zero, NYC.
In 2003, the Tour de Force was incorporated in the state of New York as a nonprofit charity and later gained 501(c)3 status from the IRS.
Each year, the Tour de Force raises funds to benifit the families of Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty nationwide .
The TDF also actively contributes to similar charities in support of the dedication they show to honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
It takes almost 11 months to plan each annual ride. The Board of Directors and key team members begin preparations for the next ride almost immediately after the completion of the last. They work tirelessly all year long to plan the route, coordinate with local jurisdictions, arrange for police escorts, procure lodging, purchase supplies, and organize a multitude of events.
The Tour de Force is a fully supported ride. A team of highly dedicated team members comprised of over 15 support vehicles, box trucks, busses, a mobile maintenance unit, along with certified EMTs make it their top priority to ensure that all of our riders stay safe and healthy each day.
Although based in New York, each year the Tour de Force welcome riders and support team members from all over the United States and abroad.
Past rides have included members representing Police, Active Duty Military, Veterans, and First Responders from over 46 US States and 5 foreign countries.
Over the course of the 4 day ride, the TDF will supply the participants with over 200 cases of water, 125 cases of sports drinks, and 120 pizzas. (We eat alot of pizza!)
The riders are also treated to cookies, fresh fruits, and other snacks to keep them hydrated and fueled up along the route.
It is the belief in our mission that brings so many participants back year after year. Many have been with us for over 10 years and some have even reached the 15-year mark. In recent years we have been joined by family members of long time participants, many of whom were just children during the events of 9/11, who are now picking up the torch to ensure that our mission will carry on for years to come.
We must never forget that 900,000 law enforcement officers nationwide risk their lives every day for our safety and protection,
[In 2016] 135 of those men and women did not make it home to their families at the end of their shift.
— Craig Floyd CEO, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
From its humble beginnings, the TDF has evolved into an annual four day event in which we continue to remember our brothers and sisters that died that fateful day. In their honor, we have made it our mission to raise funds for families of Law Enforcement Officers nationwide who are killed in the line of duty each year.
Each September, law enforcement officers from around the country and abroad depart on bicycles and journey approximately 270 miles along the east coast to support this cause. Each and every rider participates in raising funds to support what we all believe is a wonderful and very worthwhile endeavor. It is the belief in our mission that brings so many participants back year after year.