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Tour de Frankenmuth, Gran Fondo di Thumb rolls into Frankenmuth Saturday

  The Tour de Frankenmuth, a two day three event cycling weekend, returns to Frankenmuth May 24-25.   The Tour de Frankenmuth includes a bike race, a bike expo and swap meet and cycling tour of Michigan’s Thumb. The public is invited to participate in any or all of the events this weekend.

  Sponsored by Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, the Tour de Frankenmuth is hosted by Revolution Racing and sanctioned by Michigan Bike Racing Association and the USA Cycling.  In its eighth year, the Tour de Frankenmuth is Michigan’s largest race, attracting both skilled and novice racers to the event.  “We attract a lot of new riders because the course is relatively flat and the environment ideal for new racers,” says event chairman, Ben Rollenhagen.

  Held rain or shine, cyclists will begin and end each race in front of Zehnders.  Depending on the class, riders will complete one, two, three or four laps of 19.3 miles through the City and Frankenmuth Township.  Racers will be sent out in flights beginning at 8am until all races are complete, about 11:30am.

  The Tour de Frankenmuth will race on Main, Flint and Jefferson Streets, continuing on Dehmel, Tuscola, Maple, Roedel, Reimer, King, and Baker Roads in Frankenmuth Township.  The race will cross paths at Maple and Roedel and at Tuscola and Dehmel.  Race marshals are located all along the race route, including Frankenmuth Police and Reserve officers at more critical locations.   All expenses incurred by the City for police and other services are reimbursed by the race organizers.

  General traffic circulation will be maintained along the entire route.  On Main Street, two-way traffic will move to the east-side lanes beginning at the construction area south of Jefferson and ending in an area just north of Tuscola.  In the township, traffic is less restricted with bikes and vehicles sharing the road.

  The Bike Swap/Expo is held outdoors at Zehnder Park on Saturday.  The Swap/Expo includes booths by special bike and accessory dealers and public swap opportunities.

  The Gran Fondo di Thumb is a long-distance bike tour beginning and ending in Frankenmuth.   With routes for beginners and expert riders, the Gran Fondo begins at 8am on Sunday  in Zehnder Park and includes 40-mile, 65-mile, 90-mile and 130-mile long routes. Riders choosing the longest route will end at the wind turbines of Pigeon.  Helmets are required for all racers and riders.

  For more information and pre-registration, visit the Tour de Frankenmuth website at


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