Annual Bike Race Becomes Weekend Festival

Peak2Peak Mountain Festival begins October 18

THOMPSONVILLE, MICH - The 2013 Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic is still all about pushing yourself to the limit on some of the most beautiful trails in northern Michigan, but this year it will also be about having fun off the mountain as well.

The 8th annual Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic is now part of the Peak2Peak Mountain Festival – a weekend that includes live music, great food, and good times for racers and spectators alike. The two day festival kicks off Friday night with an all you can eat pasta buffet at the Wild Tomato. Fully carb-loaded, the first wave of riders will be on the course at 9:30 Saturday morning. By that time, the smell of the pig roast will be wafting over the start/finish line. At 11am, Crystal’s culinary team will start serving up lunch along with Founders brew and live music to wash it down. The live music continues slopeside till 7pm and features The Accidentals, Brian Nolf, and Soul Patch.

New this year: the Founders Brewing Beer Trail – sample 6 different brews along Crystal’s beer trail and be entered into a drawing for great prizes. The beer trail will take you to the best spots to watch the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic.

Also on Saturday, the third and final race in Crystal’s Trifecta Downhill Mountain Bike Race Series presented by Core Power, the annual Tour de’ Tykes Bike Race, Crystal’s Harvest Days and Haunted Forest, and all of the fun things to do at Crystal Mountain like the Crystal Coaster, Paintball, and outdoor Laser Tag.

Sunday, the Peak2Peak Mountain Festival wraps-up with the Crystal Cross, a cyclocross event that’s just as much fun to watch as it is to race. The complete schedule can be found at http://www.crystalmountain.com/peak2peakfest.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf, and award-winning spa. Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, Michigan’s only alpine slide, an outdoor water playground, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-round activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

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