Tour of Somerville
A Memorial Day Tradition for over 75 years: 1940 - 2017
The Tour of Somerville was Founded by Professional Bike Racer and bike shop owner Fred “Pop” Kugler in 1940. The Tour of Somerville grew to become known Nationwide as the “Kentucky Derby of Cycling. Kugler’s son, Furman won the inaugural Tour of Somerville in 1940 and again in 1941.
During World War II the Tour was suspended between 1943-1946. When resumed in 1947 the Senior Men’s race was officially renamed the Kugler-Anderson Memorial to honor the past winners who died in the service of their country.
Year after year the Tour of Somerville grew and the very first women’s race began in 1976. The Race was Won by Mary Jane Reoch, from Philadelphia. Professional Athletes from all over the world come to race in the Tour of Somerville, including Olympic Gold Medalist Eric Heiden.
The Tour is the oldest and longest running major bicycle race in the United States and has become a legend in the lore of bicycle racing. Not only is the tour a hallmark bicycle race; it is a community event where families from all over come to Somerville to meet friends, relax and enjoy the races.
The tour this year is presented for the first time by Arts on Division a non-profit organization made up of dedicated volunteers from all walks of life who devote many hours organizing, preparing and fund raising to present the series. As we look towards the coming years events, we would like to increase the winning purses and add amenities to make the Tour even better and more attractive to international racers, this can only be achieved through supporter donations.
If you make a contribution it will help us keep this amazing historic community event the best in the country, become part of the Tour of Somerville 2017.
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