Organized by the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club and hosted by Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, this is our 9th annual one-day biking event providing challenges for riders of all abilities.
Our ride features great food stops offering regional snacks and a post-ride party including a buffet lunch, beer supplied by our new event partner, Stormcloud Brewing Company of Frankfort, as well as the area's nationally-famous cherry pie. During the party individual and team awards will be presented for our FONDO participants, as well as individual awards for our Yes We Can riders.
For 2017, participants can once again enjoy a Fondo (timed ride), Tour, or our Yes We Can Ride for individuals with challenged abilities.
For our Fondo and Tour, participants have 4 distances to choose from:
The 30-mile route (28 miles) is an out-and-back ride from Crystal Mountain through Beulah on the east shore of beautiful Crystal Lake. The route is mostly flat with a long, easy climb out of Beulah on the way back.
The 45-mile route (45 miles) is being brought back by popular demand to give participants the opportunity to enjoy a bit more of the beauty in Benzie County without the additional challenges offered by our Metric Century route.
The Metric Century (65 miles) features some of the area's best biking roads. The route heads north from Crystal Mountain for about 9 miles of mostly flat roads. And then--are you ready for a 40+ mph downhill?--your first taste of a Benzie County downhill. Crossing US-31 you'll experience winding roads and hills, eventually meeting M-22, passing by the northwest corner of Crystal Lake and coming through Frankfort and Elberta on the way back to Crystal Mountain.
The 100-mile route (102 miles) challenges experienced riders. It follows most of the Metric Century route with an added bonus of some of Leelanau County's best hills. Have you ever ridden a "Roller"?
New this year: FONDO Team Competition. No limit on the number of members on a team. Team's score will be determined by the time of its 3rd place finisher, with the team recording the best 3rd place finishing time declared the winner. Form a team on Zap Event, by contacting Kris Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at the event.
Our Yes We Can Ride, which is offered at no cost to participants, winds through beautiful Crystal Mountain with distances of 1, 3, 5 and 8 miles.
Proceeds from Bike Benzie fund the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club’s Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship (created in memory of the founder of Bike Benzie), as well as the Yes We Can Ride and many programs and activities that improve the lives of the youth of Benzie County.
For additional information about Bike Benzie, please email Kris Thomas or call her at (231) 590-1035.
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