Le Tour de Fort - Our Story

It all began in the Spring of 2009 when 26 year-old Joe Wasson received word that he was being called up from the Inactive Ready Reserve to serve our country in Iraq. A group of friends decided that he needed to be sent off with a fun-filled bicycle ride to some favorite watering-holes. The day was affectionately named Le Tour de Fort, complete with branded t-shirts for the 30 bike riders.

One year later, Joe returned home from Iraq. In celebration of his return and to pay tribute to his fellow soldiers, in the spring of 2010, around 75 friends and family rode to raise money and awareness for The Fisher House. The group raised $1,000.

Such a great time was had that it was decided to make Le Tour de Fort (LTdF) an annual event. Joe secured a registered LLC to raise awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

The following two years LTdF dedicated their ride and fundraising efforts to The Wounded Warrior Project. In 2011, there were 180 cyclists who raised $2,500. In 2012, there were 400 cyclists who raised $6,000 for The Wounded Warrior Project.

In 2013 LTdF opted to support K9s For Warriors. The participation reached an all-time high of nearly 700 cyclists. The group raised $10,000. These dollars were used to sponsor Rider, a rescued golden retriever, who was paired with an American Veteran affected by PTSD. Rider and his veteran owner were featured in a Headline News story about K9s for Warriors on Veteran’s Day 2013.

LTdF will once again be supporting K9s For Warriors in 2014

Rider the dog we sponsored in 2013
Another picture of Rider the dog we sponsored in 2013

Mission

Le Tour de Fort LLC is a fun-loving, adventurous organization designed to raise awareness and money to support American Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We view ourselves as partners with the Armed Forces Coalition, our local community and our participants who come together to generate awareness.

Our goal is to educate Veterans, their families and their friends about PTSD and the ever-growing resources and support systems available to them. Le Tour de Fort LLC participants are always moving forward and we encourage the same of our beloved Veterans.

2014 Route

  • Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot
  • The Deck
  • J K O'Donnell's and Pint & Slice
     
    Please use the parking garage at Wayne and Calhoun
  • Columbia Street West
  • Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot

Click Here for Google Bike Map

Ride with us!

Gallery LTdF


Order Shirts

The shirt design for Le Tour de Fort 2014

Riders can pick up their shirts early (if they'd like)
May 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Columbia Street West

Le Tour de Fort Sign Up

May 31, 2014 at 1 p.m.

Join us in riding Le Tour de Fort to raise money for the K9s for Warriors Project.

SOLD OUT!

If you have any questions or issues with signing up online, please Contact Us

Contact us

If you have any questions or would like to make a donation to Le Tour de Fort outside the event please contact us with the email address below.
Email: info@letourdefort.com