Tour de Force: 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride
BISSELL is proud to sponsor this year's Tour de Force! The “Tour de Force” bike ride was started in 2002 as a memorial to the fallen police officers who gave their lives in the September 11, 2001 attacks. In the first year, eight NYPD police officers, one member of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and four volunteer support personnel cycled their way from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA to Ground Zero, NYC.
The TDF has now evolved into an annual event four-day event in which we continue to ride to remember and honor our brothers and sisters that died that fateful day. In their honor, we have made it our mission to raise funds for families of all police officers nationwide that are killed in the line of duty.
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.
The Tour de Force is a fully supported ride with a dedicated support staff of volunteers. Since our first ride in 2002, we have now grown to more than 250 riders and 40 support team members. Six regional coordinators help guide the participants in their regions, while a four member Board of Directors is charged with the yearly operations, planning, and facilitation of this non-profit organization.