Bike Benzie Tour and Fondo

Saturday - June 4, 2016

Created by the Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club and hosted by Crystal Mountain for the last eight years, the Bike Benzie Tour is an annual charity ride for the benefit of area youth.

The event offers three picturesque rides through beautiful northwest lower Michigan that challenge riders of all ages and abilities. Benzie County and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, where a large portion of the 100-mile loop is located, provide a rare combination of incredible natural scenery and perfect cycling terrain. Also, great food stops along the way feature regional snacks and more. All three rides start and end at Crystal Mountain.

Riders Save on Lodging

All Bike Benzie riders are eligible for reduced room rates at Crystal Mountain, June 3-4, 2016. Rates start at $89 per person, per night.

Call for reservations and mention that you are part of Bike Benzie for the discount (Group Code 45w6i9).

Stay with us after the race on Saturday night and you'll receive a pass to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for Sunday, June 5!

Tour & Fondo

Riders looking to challenge themselves against the clock can take part in the Bike Benzie Fondo. A fondo is a timed ride to compare a biker's ride duration to other riders covering the same distance. However, it's not a race against anyone but yourself! Each rider in the fondo will wear a timing chip around their ankle.


Saturday, June 4 beginning at 6am. Riders can depart as soon as their registration is complete.

Register Online »


Pre-Registration is available on Friday, June 5, from 4-5pm in James Bay Hall in the Crystal Center.

2016 Fees

Before January 1 - April 3: Single adult, $40; Family*, $115
April 4 - May 3: Single adult, $45; Family*, $125
May 4 - June 3: Single adult, $50; Family*, $135
Day Of: Single adult, $60; Family*, $155
*Immediate family with minor children

For each rider, $1 is donated to the League of Michigan Bicyclists to support safe cycling.


• 30 miles
• 45 miles
• 62 miles
• 100 miles

"Yes We Can" Ride for People with Disabilities:
• 1 mile
• 3 miles
• 5 miles
• 10 miles


Friday, June 3

4 - 5pm: Early check-in opportunity at Crystal Mountain for pre-registered riders

Saturday, June 4

6 - 10am: “Day of” registration and check-in for FONDO and TOUR riders
7am: Early take-off for 100-mile TOUR riders
8am: Take-off for 100-mile FONDO and TOUR riders
8:10am: Take-off for 62-mile FONDO and TOUR riders
8:20am: Take-off for 45-mile FONDO and TOUR riders
8:30am: Take-off for 30-mile FONDO and TOUR riders
10am: Registration for "Yes We Can" ride
11am: Formal start of "Yes We Can" ride
Noon - 4pm: Post Ride Party - Riders will use wrist band worn during the ride for entry for the buffet. Additional lunch tickets for family and friends can be purchased at registration for $20 each.
2 - 4pm: Live Entertainment by Jeff Bihlman
2 - 6pm: 2-for-1 Fun Passes (Alpine Slide, Park at Water's Edge Pool, Climbing Wall & Adventure Course), 2-for-1 ice creams cones, and drink specials at the Park at Water's Edge.
2 - 10pm: 20% off Thistle Pub and Grille or Wild Tomato menus
7 - 9pm: Plaza Party - Enjoy drink specials, live entertainment from Jim Hawley and a deck campfire with smores!

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