Biking “The Bear” Tour brings hundreds of cyclists to Leelanau

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M22-Challenge-09-bikeFrom staff reports

Beginning on Wednesday, June 12, more than 300 cyclists participating in the 2013 NorthWest Biking “The Bear” Tour will begin the annual five-day tour of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City, Leelanau County and Frankfort areas.

Each day, cyclists will ride a looped route that starts from their base camp at Indigo Bluffs RV Park south of the Glen Lakes. They will visit the following areasto enjoy the scenery, restaurants and tourist attractions of northwest Michigan:

• Wednesday, June 12, and Sunday, June 16: Empire and Glen Lake
• Thursday, June 13: Traverse City and Old Mission Peninsula
• Friday, June 14: The Leelanau Peninsula
• Saturday, June 15: Frankfort and Crystal Lake

Commenting on the increasing popularity of the event, tour director Jeff Dillingham explains, “Word has spread quickly about the beauty, charm, and challenge of the area for cyclists.”

The NorthWest Tour is sponsored by the Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA) of Lansing, a volunteer organization whose mission is to promote the use of bicycles for healthful recreation and transportation. TCBA, through event proceeds, has been a strong supporter of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail project.

For more information contact Jeff Dillingham, NorthWest Tour director at nwtour (AT) biketcba.org or call (517) 882-3700 ext.3. You can also visit the NorthWest Tour webpage at www.nwtour.biketcba.org.