Event Info


Kindergarteners ride for 10 minutes, 1st through 2nd graders ride for 15 minutes and 3rd through 5th graders ride for 20 minutes. Most students complete 8 laps on average.

2017 Ride Schedule

9:10-9:20         Kindergarten (Adamski, Brown)

9:30-9:40         Kindergarten (Chin, Tabor)

9:50-10:05       Grade 1 (Anderson, Hurner, Siri)

10:15-10:30     Grade 2 and 1/2 (Lannigan, Beutler, Logan, Bielman)

10:35-10:55     Grade 5 (Scholten, Hartmann, Wolf)

11:00-11:20      Grade 4 (Hutchison, Arthurs, Day)

11:25-11:45      Grade 3 and 3/4 (Freeman, Springgate, Gerlach, Appollo)



All students who would like to participate must register for the event. Those that don't will support classmates with teachers and parents in the cheering section. Sorry parents, no riding with your kids but please come and cheer them on!


Properly fitted helmets are required. All students should bring their helmets to their classroom where they will be checked for proper fit and receive a number so volunteers can keep track of the number of laps they ride. Please label helmets with your student's name and teacher.

If your child needs a helmet, reduced price/free helmets will be available from Legacy Health System in the gazebo prior to October 4. Sale times will be announced when available.


Only bikes (with or without training wheels) and scooters will be allowed on the course. Sorry, no skateboards.

Bikes and scooters should be labeled with your student's name and teacher and brought to the covered basketball court in the morning where they will be stored by grade before and after your student's ride session. No need to bring a lock – the bike corral will be monitored by volunteers until 3:15. Bikes and scooters belonging to students in Art4Life or the Garden Afterschool Program will be brought inside at the end of the school day. Abernethy is not responsible for bikes left unattended after 3:15.


Absolutely no racing or unsafe riding will be tolerated! Experienced course marshals will be monitoring safety. Riders or pose a hazard to others will be removed from the course immediately.


The Tour de Ladd loop will begin at Abernethy Elementary School at the intersection of SE Orange and Birch streets, proceed up SE Orange around the South Rose Garden, on to SE Tamarack and return to the school via SE Hickory. Kindergarteners will ride a shorter loop around the South Rose Garden.


The streets around the South Rose Garden and near the school will be completely closed to all traffic. Volunteers will be stationed at each intersection to help with traffic control. Please do not park on any part of the course if you drive to school the morning of the event. Streets off limits include Birch, Hickory and portions of Orange and Tamarack as well as the alley between Hickory and Tamarack. Please use Elliott if possible when you are dropping off your student in the morning.


The Tour de Ladd is a beloved, heart-warming Abernethy tradition. If you have not yet witnessed this event, don’t miss your chance! A great way to get close to the action is to volunteer for one of the many positions we must fill in order to keep the event safe and fun. We need many, many hands-on-deck, so please consider taking on one of the following positions:

  • Stickers and helmet checkers
  • Barricade watch
  • Bike corral (monitors and a few who can help with basic bike repair)
  • Runners (escort classes to corral and course)
  • Lap counters

Look for a VolunteerSpot sign up coming soon


Please contact Hanna Nesper Newell at hnewell@gmail.com