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ABOUT THE TOUR.
All 2023 Bike tour routes have been created and will be posted on the website/app MapMyRide to make directions as easy as possible. The routes are also marked on the roads, along with printed directions held at the event site.
23 Mile Vineyard Bike Tour Route
43 Mile Vineyard Bike Tour Route
57 Mile Vineyard Bike Tour Route
The Vineyard Classic Bicycle Tour will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2023 and is part of the annual Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival, the tour is hosted by KELC Events. The 2023 Wine and Harvest Festival features many amazing activities such as arts and crafts, winery tours, entertainment, grape stomping, parades and grapes for tasting just to name a view. Visit their website at wineandharvestfestival.com!
The Vineyard Classic Bike tour travels past lush vineyards and orchards at the peak of harvest season. Cyclists pass by woodlands, lakes, rivers, and neighboring villages and have the option to choose from three different length routes (23, 43 or 57 mile distances). Please note that new this year, there are a few minor adjustments to the route which really enhance the experience and makes it easier to follow. A big thank you to Gary Gocenski for always keeping an eye to those routes so that they are more enjoyable. There are a variety of breakfast places to stop at in town before the ride. One of the things that we love about hosting this event is paying attention to our SAG support stops, working with Black River Radio group, providing interactive route maps, making those road markings visible,
and making sure that we are there to help.
Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m. The tour starts between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., depending on when you're ready to begin. Ideally, we would like to have everyone on the road by 9:00am as the course closes at 3:00 pm. The starting location is at the Van Buren County Human Services Building, located at
801 Hazen Street, Paw Paw MI, 49079 - just North of Red Arrow Highway.
And, yes, there will be a portajon at the bike registration this year -no traveling down the road.
Helmets are required. All proceeds go for college internships in Southwest Michigan.
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