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This epic event is held in and around the gently rolling terrain that surrounds Crystal Mountain and starts and finishes at Crystal Mountain.
The hardwood and pine forests along with rambling two-tracks and flowing single-track give racers the challenge they are looking for. The course is fast but not so difficult that racers new to the sport won’t have a great time. The event features a 10.5-mile loop with beginner (1 lap), intermediate (2 laps) and expert (3 laps) divisions with a staggered start allowing racers of all abilities to enjoy the course simultaneously.
Pre-race and post-race festivities at the Mountain include “adult” activities (read: quaffing cold ones post-race), and the general atmosphere is totally family-friendly.
The Clipper chair lift at Crystal Mountain is in operation to view great racing action as the riders’ race down the mountainside. A “Tour de Tykes” kid’s race is held immediately following the big event.
Thompsonville, in Benzie County, is between M-115 and US-31, about 40 minutes southwest of Traverse City.