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 Ride Around Torch

Michigan's Most Scenic

Bike Tour!


Sunday, July 20, 2014
Elk Rapids, MI

$1 per rider is donated to the

League of Michigan Bicyclists

Online registration now open here!
 Tour Overview  (Select route links to view maps with elevation profiles.)
The Ride Around Torch is an annual one-day 26, 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. Same hills and flats of the other routes only less.
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.
The 100 mile ride is a challenging century with the rolling shoreline of Torch Lake, extreme hills and then some. Racing clusters are not recommended. 
By May 19:
Individual - $25
  • Family - $60

(with minor children)
New this year!

Men's and womens'
Tempo Performance
short sleeve T shirts
by New Balance.
100% polyester birdseye pique
mesh with wicking and
anti-microbial properties.

   S thru XL - $20
  • XXL - $22

     (with entry by July 5)

Adult non-rider: $10

Child non-rider: $8

     (under 13)

Please Note: Ride fees will increase to $30 ind/$70 fam on June 20,
$35 ind/$80 fam on July 15 and $45 ind/$95 fam on the day of tour.
Save $$$ by registering early!  Tour is limited to 1200 riders! 

EASY: Download mail-in registration form complete, and send to us.
EASIER: Register conveniently online using

 Ride Details
• Well-marked roads for all routes.
• Detailed route maps provided.
• Roving SAG support.
• Great snacks at food stops.
• Scrumptious picnic lunch at the Elk Rapids Village Beach from noon to 4:00 pm
  featuring Maxbauer hamburgers and hot dogs, Jonali Farms fresh bratwursts, black
  bean burgers, Grandma Della's redskin potato salad, home made creamy cole slaw,
  asparagus and prosciutto orzo salad, Italian pasta salad, fresh fruit and more!
• Showers at Elk Rapids High School until 4:00 pm.
• Swimming at the Village Beach on East Bay.
• Pre-ride tech support provided by City Bike Shop.
• Helmets must be worn by all riders.
• Riders are to obey all traffic rules and laws and to ride in a courteous and safe
  manner. Michigan law requires cyclists to ride as near to the right as practicable
  and nor more than two abreast.
• Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a cycling adult.
• Register prior to tour by:
  1. Completing and mailing in the registration form by Monday, July 14 or
  2. Going online to register using A small fee will be added.
      Online registration closes at midnight, Thursday, July 17.
• Save by registering early.
• Day of ride registration is available.
• Packet pick-up/day of ride registration is 7 to 10:00 am at the Elk Rapids HS.
• Century riders must start by 8:00 am: 63 milers by 9:00 am. SAG support ends on
  all routes at 3:00 pm so gauge your ride time accordingly.
• Parents or guardians must sign a release for riders aged 17 or under.
• Your wristband is your admission to food stops, the picnic and for SAG support.
The Elk Rapids HS 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
on hotels, motels and camping may be obtained from the Elk Rapids Chamber of Commerce and the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Ride Around Torch
is sponsored by the
Cherry Capital Cycling Club

$1 per rider is donated to the
League of Michigan Bicyclists
support bicycle education and advocacy.

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