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Bike Benzie

Fondo - Tour - Yes We Can
Saturday, June 4, 2016

A charity ride founded and organized by the
Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club of Beulah, MI


2015 Event Partners

The Moats Family

Online registration starts January 1, 2016!

Organized by the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club and hosted by Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa in Thompsonville, this is our 8th annual one-day biking event providing challenges for riders of all abilities.  Our ride features great food stops offering regional snacks, including the area's nationally-famous cherry pie. Picturesque routes pass by Benzie County's farms, orchards and lakes.

For 2016, participants can once again enjoy a Fondo (timed ride), Tour, or our Yes We Can Ride for individuals with challenged abilities.

For our Fondo  and Tour, participants have 4 distances to choose from:

    The 30-mile route is an out-and-back ride from Crystal Mountain through Beulah on the east shore of beautiful Crystal Lake. The route is mostly flat with a long, easy climb out of Beulah on the way back.

    The 45-mile route
    is being brought back by popular demand to give participants the opportunity to enjoy a bit more of the beauty in Benzie County without the additional challenges offered by our 62 mile route.

    The Metric Century (62 miles)
    features some of the area's best biking roads. The route heads north from Crystal Mountain for about 9 miles of mostly flat roads. And then--are you ready for a 40+ mph downhill?--your first taste of a Benzie County downhill.  Crossing US-31 you'll experience winding roads and hills, eventually meeting M-22, passing by the northwest corner of Crystal Lake and coming through Frankfort and Elberta on the way back to Crystal Mountain.

    The 100-mile route
    challenges experienced riders. It follows most of the 62-mile route with an added bonus of some of Leelanau County's best hills. Have you ever ridden a "Roller"?

    Information regarding Special Team Pricing and Team Events will be provided soon!

Our Yes We Can Ride, which is offered at no cost to participants, winds through beautiful Crystal Mountain with distances of 1, 3, 5 and 8 miles.

Proceeds from Bike Benzie fund the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club’s Tim Krause Memorial Scholarship (created in memory of the founder of Bike Benzie), as well as the Yes We Can Ride and many programs and activities that improve the lives of the youth of Benzie County.

For additional information about Bike Benzie, please email Kris Thomas or call her at (231) 590-1035.


  • Well-marked roads with route-arrows
  • Detailed route maps provided
  • Support SAG
  • Pre-ride tech support


  • All riders must wear helmets.
  • Michigan law requires cyclists to ride as near to the right as practical, with no more than two abreast
  • Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a cycling adult

Start/Finish Location & Amenities

Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa is in the northwest part of the lower peninsula on M-115, 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and 37 miles northwest of Cadillac. Click here for directions.

For riders who register by June 1, food and music is included in the registration fee, as is a ticket for a raffle for valuable prizes, including rounds of golf for 4 and a night's lodging at Crystal Mountain.

Registration Fees

Early sign-up (Jan. 1 - April 3):     Single Adult $40, Family* $115

On April 4:                                    Single Adult $45, Family* $125

On May 4:                                    Single Adult $50, Family* $135

Day of the Ride:                           Single Adult $60, Family* $155
                                          *Immediate family with minor children

 Click on Zap Event to register online  for the Fondo or Tour events.

  Registration for the Yes We Can ride  will  begin at 10:00 a.m. the day of the   event.

For additional information email Kris Thomas or call her at (231) 590-1035.

Bike Benzie is powered by the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club of Beulah, MI

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