Fox Communities Credit Union’s Bike to the Beat has been cancelled due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic
The decision comes after careful deliberation of the Bike to the Beat planning committee in an effort to keep participants, volunteers, partners, spectators, and the community as a whole, safe during the pandemic and not detract valuable resources away from the local health systems.
The 1st Bike to the Beat was held at Jones Park on August 1, 2015. Back then, we anticipated 400 riders, and 1,400 showed up for the inaugural event! From the very beginning, all biker participant fees have gone back to the community either directly or through our Fox Cares Foundation, in total over $100,000! Last year we had over 3,600 bike enthusiasts from all across the country participate. 100% of the event registration fees are placed into the Fox Cares Foundation, Fox Communities Credit Union’s philanthropic arm, whose mission is to end homelessness, fight hunger, and provide access to the arts.
“We have taken this step with heavy hearts and decided to cancel Bike to the Beat this year,” explains Heather Wessley, Community Engagement Manager with Fox Communities Credit Union. “This is a fun event for family and friends to gather, get some exercise and raise money for our local Fox Cares Foundation all at the same time. Please keep riding and we look forward to seeing everyone next year!”
Sean Ryan, Course Director states “We’re disappointed not to be able to provide another stellar edition of this cherished event to riders in the northeast Wisconsin this year. Unfortunately, the uncertainties of what social distancing guidelines would need to be followed and the impracticality of implementing them with a crowd of 3,000 plus riders, makes this decision the only appropriate one.”
We hope to have Bike to the Beat back in 2021 and it will be better than ever!