Leelanau County offers some of the best cycling in the country. A great way to enjoy it is coming next Sunday, September 16th on the 2012 Leelanau Harvest Tour featuring rides of 20, 40, 65 and 100 miles. The tour is a benefit for TART Trails and all 4 routes feature great food, with an optional post-race lunch. It starts and finishes at Suttons Bay High School, and all routes follow a paved portion of the Leelanau Trail before heading out to some of the most scenic roads on the Leelanau Peninsula. Register and get more information from the Cherry Capital Cycling Club or TART Trails websites.
- 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 Herman Hill.
- 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.
- 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 more hills and scenic views.
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