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Photos: Hundreds of cyclists race in Manistee County Saturday

Photos: Hundreds of cyclists race in Manistee County Saturday

About 400 riders were expected to have been competing in the Crystal Mountain Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo on Saturday winding throughout Manistee County. MANISTEE COUNTY…

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About 400 riders were expected to have been competing in the Crystal Mountain Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo on Saturday winding throughout Manistee County. MANISTEE COUNTY — About 400 riders competed in the Crystal Mountain Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo on Saturday winding throughout Manistee County.

The championship is Benzie Sunrise Rotary’s annual event, raising funds for several local student programs focused on mentoring, scholarships, food insecurity support and literacy.

Five groups set off at different times shortly after 9 a.m. with groups tackling 62, 48, 34 and 14 mile routes along with the Gran Fondo route.

Gran Fondo is a cycling term that refers to a tour and a timed event meaning that traditional tour riders can enjoy rest stops featuring Cherry Hut pie and more serious riders compete for state champion jerseys.

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 15 A group of Crystal Mountain Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo riders are followed closely by a vehicle on Healy Lake Road on Saturday during the cycling event. Arielle Breen/News Advocate Some routes wove from Thompsonville through Marilla, Kaleva and Brethren while volunteers and Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies escorted the groups of cyclists through traffic. The Crystal Mountain Cherry Roubaix Gran Fondo featured cyclists being flanked by Manistee County Sheriff’s Office deputies and volunteers to help protect cyclists from motorized traffic throughout Manistee County on Saturday.

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