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John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield


Many thanks to Milton Levin for this great video of the 2016 John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield!



The John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield is a family-oriented activity to encourage exercise through cycling, bring awareness to the scenic beauty of Mansfield’s villages,* draw attention to Storrs Center, and bring the community together around a social and recreational activity.


The Tour is presented annually by the Town of Mansfield, Mansfield Community Center, and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc.

   *The Town of Mansfield's historic villages are: Merrow, Mansfield Depot, Mansfield Four Corners, Storrs, Gurleyville, Hanks Hill, Wormwood Hill, Mount Hope, Chaffeeville, Eagleville, Spring Hill, Atwoodville, Chestnut Hill, Mansfield City, Mansfield Center, Mansfield Hollow, Perkins Corner, Ridges, and Conantville.  
The Tour is named in honor of former Fire Marshal and Mansfield resident John E. Jackman. John served the Town of Mansfield twenty-seven years, was an avid cyclist, and was instrumental in creating the Tour de Mansfield. He was always pleased to see so many cyclists participate in this event. John's passion for bicycling inspired many to start riding and through the Thread City Cyclers club, he made many deep and lasting friendships.            

John died peacefully at home on August 8, 2013 at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. In naming this event in honor of John, we celebrate his contributions to cycling and the Town of Mansfield.



In 2016, participants chose from the following options:

40-Mile Expert Ride
Our longest route takes cyclists all over Mansfield, on scenic back roads and brief stints on state routes.

20-Mile Challenge Ride
This route is a great option for getting a taste of Mansfield's historic charm while getting to sleep in a little more.

Click here for a printable map and turn-by-turn directions of the 20-Mile and 40-Mile routes.

NEW 7-Mile Campus Cruise
Our new Campus Cruise is great for more casual riders and for checking out what's new at UConn. This route follows the Town's bike path on Separatist Road and the new bike lane on Discovery Drive, which travels through UConn's new Tech Park.

For all of these routes, we suggest that participants have road-riding experience. All participants must wear a helmet and follow the rules of the road. All of the roads are open to regular traffic, so caution is advised.

Click here for a printable map and turn-by-turn directions of the 7-Mile Campus Cruise.

  JUST FOR KIDS!           

As part of the day's activities, children were invited to take part in our Bike Rodeo to learn about bicycle safety and basic riding tips. Children then tested their new skills on an obstacle course at the Community Center.



Are you interested in participating in the next Tour de Mansfield? Would you like to volunteer at or sponsor the event? Please contact the Mansfield Downtown Partnership for more information (via email or call 860.429.2740). 



Stay up to date with plans for the 2017 John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield! Sign up to receive email announcements as planning progresses. Or, follow us on Facebook for news and announcements: @tourdemansfield.




Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!




The Merchants at Storrs Commons



Grounding Touch Therapeutic Massage

Milrick Lawn Service & Garden Center



 The John E. Jackman Tour de Mansfield is presented by:
 Mansfield Community Center  Town of Mansfield Mansfield Downtown Partnership