Tour de Brew

Bettendorf resident Tina Anderson, 46, co-founded Tour de Brew Q-C, an annual bike, to raise awareness about resources available for families with a cancer patient. Anderson lost her daughter in 2007, and her mother last summer, both to brain cancer. 

One of the newest organized bicycle rides in the Quad-Cities is quickly, but quietly, gaining steam.

Organizers of Tour de Brew Q-C, who launched the annual event in 2014, hope as many as 350 people participate next month in what has become a tradition for bicyclists in the community.

In its first three years, the ride raised more than $30,000 for cancer charities, including the LIVESTRONG Foundation and Camp Kesem at Augustana College, said Tina Anderson, who co-founded the fundraiser.

The route stretches about 35 miles along riverfront trails, and includes stops at eight bars in The District of Rock Island, downtown Davenport, the Village of East Davenport, Rapids City and downtown Moline.

Anderson, 46, lost her daughter, Katie, in 2007. Before she died from an incurable form of brain cancer, the then-13-year-old encouraged her mother to begin riding.

She got hooked on cycling in 2010 and now uses Tour de Brew to educate people and raise awareness about the resources available for families with a cancer patient.

“You can stop living, curl up in a ball and do nothing, or you can take what you’ve learned and move forward and try to use your story to help others,” said Anderson, who lives in Bettendorf.

She had doubts about continuing the ride this year since the other founder opted out, but she decided to push ahead anyway when she lost her mother last summer to an aggressive form of brain cancer.  

“It’s what’s pushing me forward this year,” Anderson said. “I believe in the ride and I didn’t want to let it go.”

Read more about Anderson, Tour de Brew Q-C and other participants in this week's Outdoors section in the Saturday edition of the Quad-City Times and online Friday at qctimes.com.

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Jack Cullen is a reporter uncovering offbeat stories about people and places in the Quad-City area.