Frankenmuth Fahrrad Tour - Michigan - Sunday, May 18, 2014
Now in its 29th year, the 2014 Frankenmuth Fahrrad Tour will feature three routes of 25K, 50K, and 100K. All routes begin and end at the middle school in the beautiful Bavarian Village of Frankenmuth.
The routes wind out of the village, along the Cass River, across the lush farmlands of the Saginaw Valley and end back at the middle school. The roads are good for bicycling, have light traffic and are mostly flat with a few hills for variety.
The ride includes maps marked routes, food stops of fruit and cookies, "SAG," and shower facilities. There are a variety of things to do after the ride: tour Frankenmuth, "Michigan Little Bavaria"; take a horse-drawn carriage ride or a paddle boat ride; visit a winery and cheese shop or the nation's largest year-round Christmas Shop; and, of course, enjoy World Famous Family Style Chicken Dinners.
Event schedule and times
We encourage all riders to participate in the mass start. Riders will leave the middle school at 8:00 a.m. and parade through the city on the first leg of the tour.
The registration table will be open from 7 to 9 a.m. in the Frankenmuth Middle School gym lobby. You may start riding any time between those hours. Riders on the 100K route MUST start by 8 a.m.
The school will be open and shower facilities will be available until all riders are off the route (about 4 p.m.). Please bring your own towel and toiletries.
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I did this ride a couple of years with my buddies. We tried to like it, we really did; but after those two years, we just gave up on it. It's too early in the season, bare fields for scenery, no shelter from spring winds, forgettable rest stops, rough roads, and if you do the 100K you'll probably be the only one out there.
I have done this a few years too. I look at it two ways. If it is nice and sunny, I take my time and enjoy the stops and scenery. If it is cold I head out as fast as possible. I have some friends who got involved with the planning this year. Hopefully in the years to come it will get better and grow. They were surprised how under-promoted this event was. I also use this ride as an early season warm up for some of the other rides I do throughout the short Michigan riding season. Thanks for the input and happy (and safe) riding!
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals