Tour of the Falling Leaves
In an completely unabashed name-steal from the Tour of Lombardy, I’ve set to very casual work at creating the first annual Tour of the Falling Leaves in Traverse City, Michigan. The initial work was invested in messing around on MapMyRide and putting together three killer routes for the weekend, including a time trial on beautiful Old Mission Peninsula. With the vineyards, views of the bay and topography to rival Solvang (kinda) the TT should be quite the event. The climbing route will feature on Saturday, boasting of nearly 60 miles and 2,000 feet of climbing, just enough to keep everyone somewhat fresh for the final ascent which will decide the leader’s jersey, which will be a $20 jersey I bought at a mountain bike race last year.
The final showdown will occur on the dreaded gravel sections of the Suttons Bay TART trail headed south back toward Traverse City, finishing on the same climb from the day before because I can’t really think of any other way to head back to the parking lot from the TART. You’ve got to head up somewhere.
Three days, three tests of man’s mettle and the ultimate prize: Something I pick up from Goodwill the day before. How much will it cost to enter a race of this magnitude and prestige? Nothing. Zip. This is an unofficial race. The best prize of the weekend will go not to the overall winner, but the rider voted ‘Classiest in the Peloton’ by his or her peers. Racers will have to stop at stop signs, so time your attacks perfectly, as in no where near a stop sign. It won’t cost a thing, and good will and fun are the main objectives.
Please keep your calendar clear for the middle of October. This weekend should provide a great workout heading into the final preparations before the Iceman and the Cyclocross schedule. If you cannot make one of the days, don’t worry. You will be given the last place time of the day with an additional five seconds added, so you will be in the hole, but not out of the race. We here at Sovis Race Promotions know you have other stuff going on, too.
The dates are, tentatively, October 21st through the 23rd. There is not limit to the badasses that will be allowed in the race, regardless of experience or ability. If over 30 riders show up, the field will be split into an ‘A’ and ‘B’ race to make it more competitive for everyone. That will be determined by the TT times Friday afternoon.
If you have any ideas or input, let me know!