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Leelanau Harvest Tour - September 15th, 2018

The Leelanau Harvest Tour is a great biking adventure for cyclists of all abilities as the fall colors begin to show and apple trees are laden with fruit. 

Leaving from the Suttons Bay High School, routes of approximately 20, 40, 65, and 100 miles wind throughout beautiful Leelanau County on excellent paved roads passing by farms, orchards, vineyards, dunes, and through quaint villages. It’s a great way to experience all that this beautiful peninsula has to offer, with great food and SAG to boot!  

According to the CCCC website, after nine miles on the Leelanau Trail, the 20 mile route follows the east side of South Lake Leelanau then returns to the Trail to finish in Suttons Bay. Being mostly flat this is an ideal route for younger riders.

The 40 mile route begins the same as the short route then continues north along the east side of both North and South Lake Leelanau and passes though the village of Lake Leelanau before returning to Suttons Bay via the Leelanau Trail from Dumas Rd.  Both the 20 and 40 mile routes begin at 10:00 AM

After leaving the Leelanau Trail 10.5 miles south of Suttons Bay, the 65 mile route heads west through Maple City, north around Little Traverse Lake, through Lake Leelanau, up the east side of North Lake Leelanau and then over Herman Hill to the finish.  Be ready to ride at 9 AM.  

The 100 mile route extends the 65 mile route north to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and the village of Northport with lots more hills and incredible scenic views.  The Century riders should plan to depart around 8:00 AM.  Digital GPS versions of the routes are available at www.cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org.  

Fees are just $40 per cyclist until the day of the event, and onsite registration is available for $50.  Families ride for $90 in advance and $110 day of the event.  The tour is limited to the first 1,100 riders.  All routes feature safe, well-marked trails and roads, roving SAG support, and killer food stops along the way complete with rest room facilities.  Your fees also include a post-ride lunch at the Suttons Bay High School.  

Over the years, the Harvest Tour has donated over $170,000 to the TART Trail system since 1999, so consider joining one of our area’s premiere cycling tours.  

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