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Ride Around Torch
July 16, 2017 @ 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
|The Ride Around Torch is an annual one-day 26, 40, 63, or 100 mile bicycle tour primarily along the scenic shores of Torch Lake, Michigan’s longest and one of its most beautiful inland lakes with unusually clear, bright turquoise hued waters. Several villages and hamlets lie along the lake’s shore including Alden, Eastport, Clam River and Torch River. You will enjoy a recreational, social tour that is neither a race nor a test of strength, although the very hilly 100 mile route can be a challenge.|
|The 26 mile ride is an out and back around the north end of Elk Lake through Torch River to the food stop at Crystal Beach Park. It features the same hills and flats of the other routes only less.|
|The 40 mile ride was added in 2016 and proved to be very popular. This route will extend the 26 mile ride from the Crystal Beach Park food stop, by going east, then north through the charming village of Alden, toward Clam River, before looping back to the Crystal Beach food stop. The route will then rejoin the 26 mile route to the post ride picnic in Elk Rapids.|
|Our signature 63 mile ride circles Torch Lake passing through Eastport, Clam River, Alden and Torch River with hills, flats, scenic views and multiple food stops. A shortcut is available that reduces the ride to just over 50 miles.|
|The 100 mile ride is a challenging century with the rolling shoreline of Torch Lake, numerous extreme hills and then some. Racing clusters are not recommended.|
Digital GPS versions of our routes are available for download/export from the online RideWithGPS service. Printable versions are downloadable in a PDF format.26/40 Mile Routes Online GPS Printable PDF63 Mile Route Online GPS Printable PDF100 Mile Route Online GPS Printable PDF
|Before May 16: $30 Individual; $70 Family (with children under 18)
On May 16: ride fees increase to $35 Individual; $80 Family.
On June 16: ride fees increase to $40 Individual; $90 Family.
On July 16 (day of ride): ride fees are $50 Individual; $110 Family.
Adult non-rider: $12
Child (under 13) non-rider: $10
Men’s short sleeve shirt in snag-resistant, performance knit fabric fabric S through XL – $25; XXL – $27
Women’s v-neck, short sleeve shirt in snag-resistant, performance knit fabric fabric
XS through XL – $25; XXL – $27
(pre-ordered with registration by June 16)
|Save $$$ by registering early! Tour is limited to 1200 riders!|
Register conveniently online
Online registration opens on Wednesday, March 1
and closes at midnight, Tuesday, July 12Or you can download a Registration Form
complete it, and mail it to us with a checkPostmark deadline of Saturday, July 8
|Packet Pick-up / Day of Event Registration|
The Elk Rapids High School is located on the east side of Elk Rapids, MI, about 17 miles north of Traverse City on US31. At the traffic light on US31, turn east on Ames Street and follow the signs to the high school. For MapQuest directions from your location, click here.
All routes finish at the Elk Rapids Village Beach at the west end of River Street. Directions back to the high school are on the route maps.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on hotels, motels and camping may be obtained from the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Cancellation deadline is June 30.
The Ride Around Torch is sponsored by the Cherry Capital Cycling Club
The Cherry Capital Cycling Club is an all volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion of bicycling in the Grand Traverse area.