The Ride Around Torch is an annual one-day 26, 63 or 100 mile bicycle tour primarily along the scenic shores of Torch Lake - Michigan's longest and one of its most beautiful inland lakes with unusually clear, bright turquoise hued waters. Several villages and hamlets lie along the lake’s shore including Alden, Eastport, Clam River and Torch River. You will enjoy a recreational, social tour that is neither a race nor a test of strength although the very hilly 100 mile route can be a challenge.
Online closing date
Thursday, July 17, 11:59 PM EDT
RIDES OF 26, 63 AND 100 MILES
The 26 mile ride is an out and back around the south end of Elk Lake through Torch River to the food stop at Crystal Beach Park. Same hills and flats of the other routes only less.
Our signature 63 mile ride circles Torch Lake passing through Eastport, Clam River, Alden and Torch River with hills, flats, scenic views and multiple food stops.
The 100 mile ride has been called Michigan's most challenging century with the rolling shoreline of Torch Lake, extreme hills and then some. Racing clusters are not recommended.
To view route maps with elevation profiles, go to www.ridearoundtorch.org and under Tour Overview click on the route links.
Register by May 19 - Individual: $25, Family*: $60
Register by June 19 - Individual: $30, Family*: $70
Register by July 17 - Individual: $35, Family*: $80
Day of tour - Individual: $45, Family*: $95
*Immediate family with minor children
Extra picnic lunches - Adult: $10, Child (under 13): $8
New this year - Tempo Performance shirts by New Balance in both men’s and women’s sizes. 100% polyester birdseye pique mesh with wicking and anti-microbial properties (pre-order with registration by July 5). Sizes S thru XL $20, XXL $22
Save $$$ - register early! Tour is limited to 1200 riders!
Picnic - Scrumptious picnic lunch at the Elk Rapids Village Beach from noon to 4:00 pm featuring Maxbauer hamburgers and hot dogs, Jonali Farms fresh bratwursts, black bean burgers, Grandma Della's redskin potato salad, home made creamy cole slaw, asparagus and prosciutto orzo salad, Italian pasta salad, fresh fruit and more!
Packet pick-up - Packet pick-up/day of ride registration is 7 to 10 am at Elk Rapids High School. Century riders must start by 8 am; 63 milers by 9 am. SAG support ends on all routes at 3 pm, so gauge your ride time appropriately.
Start/Finish locations - All routes start at the Elk Rapids High School located on the east side of Elk Rapids, MI about 17 miles north of Traverse City on US 31. At the traffic light on US 31 turn east on Ames Street and follow the signs to the high school. All routes finish at the Elk Rapids Village Beach at the west end of River Street. Click on map below for start location details.
Safety - Helmets must be worn by all riders. Riders are to obey all traffic rules and laws and to ride in a courteous and safe manner. Michigan law requires cyclists to ride as near to the right as practicable and no more than two abreast. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a cycling adult. Have your bike in good working order.
More good stuff:
$1 per rider is donated to the League of Michigan Bicyclists to support safe cycling.
Your wrist band is your admission to food stops, the picnic and for SAG service.
This is a rain or shine tour, so no refunds after June 30.
Showers will be available at Elk Rapids High School until 4 pm.
Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See fees above.