At 9 am on Saturday morning, all cyclists will line up onRail Road Street downtown Traverse City at F&M Park. You'll Stage according to your intentions. Those doing the 60 Mile State Championship race will be first, the the 90 milers second, 60 milers third, 40 4tth and then the 20 mile group. There will be a festive start with a relaxed neutral ride out of approximately 4 miles to the stop point on Cherry Bend Road. The rollout will be chaperoned by neutral pace cars donated by Bill Marsh. You may relax and talk with fellow riders during this neutral roll out and warm up phase of the event.
At a point to be determined on Cherry Bend Rd the neutral roll out will end and the race will start. The pace cars for each group will control the nuetral pace and the State Championship Race will be released first, then the 90, 60 fondo and then the 40.
All groups will have a lead vehicle chaperone, and the course will feature the very best of Leelanau County. Epic climbs, rolling vineyards and views of the great lake Michigan. Those wanting to compete for prizes, CAN. Those who want to pace with a great group of cyclists, WILL. There will be water and food stations positioned strategically along each route and the 20 mile route will mainly be on the TART Trail but the last few miles will be on roads leading into Suttons Bay.
The finish venue is at Herman Park and after the race, you'll be invited to celebrate, listen to music, eat local food, enjoy local craft beers, play games and take in the best that our region has to offer.
Awards will be given for the top 5 men and women in each cateogry. There are trophies for the 1st place finishers in the 60, and 90 fondo, and medals for 2-4th place. Medals will be awarded for 1-5th in the 40 and 20 mile fondo for the top 5 men and women. The awards for the State Championship race will be given by USA Cycling.
There will be prizes for the Team competition for both men's teams of 5 and women's teams of 3 in the 90 and 60 mile route.
YES, It's a Race, YES it's a Ride and YES it will be a Party... it's everything you have ever wanted rolled into one big day of cycling, celebrating and fun.
YES it’s Northern Michigan’s epic road cycling scene served up Cherry-Roubaix style.