The 18th Annual John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield will be Saturday, June 3, 2023!
Join us for a fun day of cycling and camaraderie as you explore Mansfield by bicycle!
Enjoy a 20-mile or 40-mile route at your own pace along scenic roads, rural vistas, and historic villages. Both routes begin and end at the Mansfield Community Center in Downtown Storrs. And, both routes offer an optional stop at the Gurleyville Grist Mill, courtesy of Joshua's Trust (see more info below).
Children under 18 ride for free but must register and must ride with an adult
The registration fee covers lunch, snacks, and ride support. The first 100 riders to sign in on June 3 will receive a commemorative t-shirt.
We are putting the finishing touches on this year's route options. There will be a 20-mile option and a 40-mile option. Both routes will be on open roads and include the optional stop & photo op at the Gurleyville Grist Mill (please see info below). The routes will be almost entirely on paved roads. Approximately 100 yards leading to and from the Grist Mill will be on a dirt road.
Turn-by-turn directions will be provided to riders on the day of the event.
We will make every effort to post the final route here prior to the Tour. We are waiting to determine if adjustments are needed due to road work before posting.
All riders must wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road. Experience riding on open roads is strongly encouraged. Participants under the age of 18 are welcome and can ride for free, but they must ride with a registered, adult participant.
We've partnered with Joshua's Trust to offer an optional stop at the historic Gurleyville Grist Mill. Docents from Joshua's Trust will lead mini-tours of the mill, a stone water-powered mill built in 1830.
The property offers a unique opportunity to observe rural 19th century gristmill technology. The only stone mill of its kind in Connecticut, it contains a complete system of preserved milling equipment. This is not a restoration; here visitors see the equipment as it was operated over many decades and to the middle of the 20th century.
Tour de Mansfield participants can choose to stop, take part in a tour, and enjoy a rest on the benches and lawn with a peaceful view of the Fenton River. (The site also makes for great photo ops!)
ABOUT THE TOUR
The John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield offers a fun way to explore Mansfield’s historic villages,* scenic roads, and vibrant downtown! Choose from a selection of routes around town, all of which begin and end at the Mansfield Community Center. Enjoy riding around Mansfield at your own pace, and build camaraderie with fellow cycling enthusiasts while sharing a group lunch following the rides.
The Tour is presented annually by the Town of Mansfield, Mansfield Downtown Partnership, and the Mansfield Community Center.
*The Town of Mansfield’s historic villages are: Merrow, Mansfield Depot, Mansfield Four Corners, Storrs, Gurleyville, Hanks Hill, Wormwood Hill, Mount Hope, Chaffeeville, Eagleville, Spring Hill, Atwoodville, Chestnut Hill, Mansfield City, Mansfield Center, Mansfield Hollow, Perkins Corner, Ridges, and Conantville.
ABOUT JOHN JACKMAN
The Tour is named in honor of former Fire Marshal and Mansfield resident John E. Jackman. John served the Town of Mansfield for twenty-seven years, was an avid cyclist, and was instrumental in creating the Tour de Mansfield. He was always pleased to see so many cyclists participate in this event. John's passion for bicycling inspired many to start riding and, through the Thread City Cyclers club, he made many deep and lasting friendships.
John died peacefully at home on August 8, 2013 at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. In naming this event in honor of John, we celebrate his contributions to cycling and the Town of Mansfield.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
The John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield is made with generous contributions from our sponsors.If you are interested in supporting this community event, please contact the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.