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Leelanau Harvest Tour

Pedal through Scenic Leelanau County

Saturday, September 21, 2024 Suttons Bay, MI

Online registration closes on September 15

Onsite "Day-of-Ride" registration but at an increased cost

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Tour Overview

 

 

The Leelanau Harvest Tour is a great biking adventure for both families and single riders as the fall colors begin to show and apple trees are laden with fruit.

 

Starting and finishing at Herman Park in Suttons Bay, routes of approximately 20, 40, 64, and 100 miles wind throughout beautiful Leelanau County on excellent paved roads passing by farms, orchards, vineyards, dunes, and through quaint villages.

 

So come, ride, relax, and enjoy all that this beautiful peninsula has to offer.

 


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Beautiful Routes


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. This route includes one food stop at mile 13.


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 M-22 from Setterbo Road. This route includes food stops at 13 and 26 miles.


After leaving the Leelanau Trail 10.5 miles south of Suttons Bay, the 64 mile route heads west through rolling countryside, north around Little Traverse Lake, through Lake Leelanau, up the east side of North Lake Leelanau and then returns to Suttons Bay via Setterbo Road and M-22. This route includes food stops at 25 and 49 miles.


The 100 mile route extends the 64 mile route north to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula and the village of Northport with more hills and scenic views. This route includes food stops at 25, 49, and 77 miles.

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Ride Fees


$60 - (3/1 - 5/31)

$65 - (6/1 - 9/15)

$75 - “Day of Ride” registration (lunch choices may be limited)

$35 - children 12 and under


*fee and sales tax (when applicable) applied at checkout




T-Shirts

A lightweight blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester.

Pre-ordered with registration by August 25


Men’s Short sleeve: S to XL - $28; XXL - $29

Men's Long sleeve: S to XXL - $32


Women’s Short sleeve: XS to XL - $28; XXL - $29

Women’s Long sleeve: XS to XXL - $32

Extra Lunches

For non-riders

Pre-ordered with registration by September 15

$20 each

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Men's T-Shirt Options

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Women's T-Shirt Options

Registration


  • Registration opens on March 1
  • Tour is limited to 500 riders!
  • Online registration closes at midnight September 15


Register Online Here

Maps


Digital GPS versions of our routes are available on the online RideWithGPS service. Our upgraded account enables our participants to enjoy the turn-by-turn voice commands as they navigate the route using the free version of Ride With GPS and their app on a smartphone! 


Printable versions are downloadable in a PDF format.


Maps will also be provided in your pre-registration packet and at registration.



All GPS Routes RideWithGPS Event


20 Mile Route Printable PDF


40 Mile Route Printable PDF


64 Mile Route Printable PDF


100 Mile Route Printable PDF

Ride Details

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Well-marked roads on all routes
  • Detailed route maps with cue sheets provided
  • Roving SAG support for emergencies
  • Food stops with toilet facilities
  • Post ride lunch at Herman Park Pavilion in Suttons Bay
  • Pre-ride tech support provided by Suttons Bay Bikes
  • Swimming at the Village Beach located at Marina Park, on N. Front Street
  • Tour profits are donated to organizations that support and improve bicycling in our region
  • All classes of e-bikes are welcome

 

FOOD STOPS

Rest stops on longer routes are spaced 15-30 miles apart, most with lake views. Each rest stop has toilet facilities.

 

POST-RIDE HARVEST LUNCH

A box lunch will be served at Herman Park from 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 pm. The lunch is included in the tour fee for all registrants. Box lunch choice will be offered as part of registration.

 

SAFETY

  • All riders are expected to follow the health guidelines at the time of the ride. Hand sanitizer will be readily available at all locations during the day. Cooperation with guidelines is imperative for the success and safety of the Leelanau Harvest Tour and we thank you for your efforts.
  • 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 close to the right as practicable and not more than two abreast
  • Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a cycling adult

 

Packet Pick-up

  • Packet pick-up is 7:30-10:00 am at the Herman Park Pavilion.
  • Earlier packet pick-up is not available
  • Parking is available at the north end of Herman Park, off Herman Road, and at Suttons Bay High School (500 South Elm Street), which is adjacent to Herman Park.


PLEASE NOTE

  • Century riders should plan to start by 8 am; 64 milers by 9 am; 20 and 40 milers by 10 am.
  • Lunch service ends at 4:30 pm and SAG support ends at the times noted on each route map. Please gauge your ride time appropriately.
  • 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
  • This is a rain or shine tour

START/FINISH LOCATION

All routes start and finish at Herman Park in Suttons Bay located 16 miles north of Traverse City at 1060 S. Herman Rd., Suttons Bay, MI.

 

REFUND POLICY

The bike tour is a rain or shine event. Individuals may cancel their registration and request a refund up to August 25.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

Write to: lhtdirector@cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org

 

For information on hotel, motel, and camping options and area attractions, please use these links: Leelanau CountyTraverse CityPure Michigan. Local camping options include theLeelanau Pines Campground and Lake Leelanau RV Park both on the west side of Lake Leelanau.


Our two, one-day tours, the Ride Around Torch and the Leelanau Harvest Tour have enabled the CCCC to conduct a productive and meaningful grant program that supports bicycling projects that contribute to achieving our mission of promoting bicycling as part of a healthy lifestyle. Since 1999 the CCCC has proudly granted over $400,000 to local organizations seeking to do projects like this.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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E-Bikes
E-Bikes

A change with our insurer is now allowing Class 2 e-bikes to be covered in this year’s tour. All e-bikes are welcome on LHT!

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Registration and Departure Times
Registration and Departure Times
  • Day of event registration is allowed, but lunch choices may be limited.
  • Packet pickup starts at is from 7:30-10:00 AM at Herman Park Pavilion
  • 100 mile riders must depart by 8:00 AM
  •  63 mile riders must depart by 9:00 AM
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Tour Support
Tour Support

Roving SAG support is available until 4:30 on all routes.

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Lodging and Camping
Lodging and Camping

 For information on hotel, motel, and camping options and area attractions, please use these links: Leelanau CountyTraverse CityPure Michigan. Local camping options include the Leelanau Pines Campground and Lake Leelanau RV Park both on the west side of Lake Leelanau.


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Cancellations
Cancellations

Cancellations with full refund of event fees are available through Aug 25.

Contact lhtdirector@cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org if you need to cancel.

The LHT is held rain or shine! 

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Grant recipients
Grant recipients

Our profits from the Ride Around Torch and Leelanau Harvest Tour are used to support our local grant program.  Since 1999, we have granted over $400,000 to enhance bicycling in our area.  In the past 5 years, our grants have supported many projects including:

  • $1 per rider from the RAT and Leelanau Harvest Tour to support bicycle advocacy on the State level
  • Bike racks at trailheads and community locations
  • Fix-it stations at trailheads and community locations
  • Assistance with Leelanau County shoulder paving costs
  • Financial assistance for NMMBA for parking lot improvement at the Vasa Single Track
  • Support for the NMMBA Trails Festival
  • Assistance for Norte’s Wheelhouse remodel, Estrellas Program, Bike Mass Project, and Kalkaska/Sutton’s Bay Strong
  • Support for TART trail building on the Acme Connector of the Nakwema Trailway, Boardman Loop, and the Mountain Bike Skills Trail at the VASA Pathway trailhead
  • Financial assistance to purchase a Buffalo Turbine blower to clear TART trails
  • Financial assistance for Leelanau Trail (TART) road crossing safety improvements
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Cherry Capital Cycling Club membership
Cherry Capital Cycling Club membership

We welcome new members from all over the country. Many riders who vacation in the Grand Traverse area like to keep abreast of our rides, activities, events, GPS maps, and volunteer opportunities. We ride at the speed of fun!



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