Harbor Springs Cycling Classic
September 19 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm$30
2020 marks the 30th year for this cycling event which is organized by Birchwood Inn, an iconic lodging establishment located on M 119 north of Harbor Springs. Frank Shumway, owner of the Inn, welcomes cyclists to come and be a part of this event, which features 20-, 45- and 60-mile road routes, and options for routes along paved trails that are part of Top of Michigan Trails Council’s network in Northern Michigan.
The road routes all encompass at least part of the famous “Tunnel of Trees” on M 119. The 20-mile route goes north from the Birchwood Inn to Cross Village and back. The other routes follow local roads and then return south on M 119 along the lake. Both Classic rides (June 1 and September 7 this year) enjoy lighter auto traffic on this route because of their timing during our “shoulder season.”
The paved trail option is perfect for folks who don’t feel comfortable riding on the road. Those cyclists will start at Reynold’s Field (the beginning point of the Little Traverse Wheelway in Harbor Springs) and will pedal toward Petoskey. The Top of Michigan Trails Council’s Trail Center at 1687 M 119 is a great place to stop for a rest on the way to some sweet cycling rewards at the Dairy Queen (on the North Western State Trail near Alanson) or Kilwin’s (on the Wheelway).
All riders meet at Birchwood Inn on Saturday morning, where Bill Prall, Trails Council Safety and Maintenance Director, will be available to check out bikes for mechanical and safety issues. Then it’s off to follow your chosen route. There will be food stops along the routes, and Bill will also be offering SAG services in case you have mechanical issues enroute. A delicious lunch will await all participants at Birchwood Inn from noon to 3:00 p.m. Birchwood also offers a dip in their pool or the use of their showers after your ride to cool off.
Don’t miss this great “up north” cycling experience! For registration information, visit http://www.birchwoodinn.com/hscyclingclassic.html or call Birchwood Inn at (231) 526-2151.