Tour De Force

NYPD Detective Jon Chung, Welfleet Police Chief Ronald L. Fisette and Falmouth Police Chief Edward A. Dunne wait for a ferry to Connecticut after an 80-mile ride across Long Island during the Tour de Force.

Most people don't make the trip from Yankee Stadium to Fenway Park via bicycle. 

Falmouth Police Chief Edward A. Dunne was one of 300 law enforcement officers to ride the Tour de Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride, a four-day, approximately 255-mile bike ride that took participants from the home of the New York Yankees to the home of the Boston Red Sox. 

"It was phenomenal, quite the experience, with men and women who are honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice," Chief Dunne said.

Founded in 2002, the the inaugural Tour de Force featured nine New York City police officers who biked the 275 miles from Ground Zero to the Pentagon in honor of those who died on 9/11. The annual ride has grown to more than 300 officers. All funds raised benefit the families of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. 

"The 300 riders, in total, raised over $760,000 for the tour," Chief Dunne said. "All the money raised goes to fallen officers' families." 

He was invited to participate in the ride by by Welfleet Police Chief Ronald L. Fisette. Chief Fissette, who had biked the Tour de Force annually since 2016, has biked alongside Chief Dunne before.

"He and I have done the Ride-to-Remember before," Chief Dunne said. "He is the one who got me involved in the Tour de Force, and I'm glad he did." 

Despite the distance of the ride, Chief Dunne said he was ready for it. He said he has biked several "century rides," in which a biker rides 100 miles in a single day.

"I've been training all summer," he said. "I've been cycling since 2016, and this past supper, I did a lot to prepare for it. It was different, but enjoyable." 

The ride had its challenges.

"Probably the hardest part of the ride, for myself, was anywhere there was a lot of hills," Chief Dunne said. "From Connecticut to Rhode Island, there were a lot of hills."

The 255-mile bike ride was split into four legs, starting with a 40-mile ride from Yankee Stadium to Melville, New York. The ride began with a police motorcycle escort to from Yankee Stadium to Long Island.

"It may not sound like a long ride, but when you're being escorted through the city and its intersections, it is a slow ride," Chief Dunne said. 

The officers would ride further on the following days. Day two took them 80 miles, from Melville to Orient, located at the tip of Long Island. After a ferry ride to Connecticut, the police officers rode 75 miles from Foxwoods to Warwick, Rhode Island on the third day.

"When we woke up on Monday morning, the Rhode Island Police Department, Warwick Police Department and Providence Police Department escorted us to Massachusetts," Chief Dunne said. 

The four-day ride culminated with a 60-mile ride to Fenway Park. The riders were joined by a police escort in Dedham, where the Boston Police motorcycle unit accompanied them to the baseball stadium. 

He plans on doing the Tour de Force again.

"It is a great group, a great organization, and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year," he said. "Officers were there from all over the country. We were all there for one thing: to honor those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice." 

Those interested in supporting the Tour de Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride can do so online at www.tourdeforceny.com

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