Tour des Lakes, July 14 at Syracuse Community Center, Syracuse, IN
SYRACUSE, IN — What is most special about the upcoming Tour des Lakes ride? The many beautiful northern Indiana lakes you’ll get to tour throughout Kosciusko County, of course. “It truly is a tour of lakes,” said Megan McClellan, executive director of the Syracuse-Wawasee Trail System.
If you don’t know the area, you’ll be pleasantly surprised as you follow routes for 25K, 50K and 100K and tour a plethora of lakes including Syracuse, Webster, Chapman, Winona, Tippecanoe, and of course, Indiana’s largest natural lake, Lake Wawasee. The 100K tour is the most popular, Megan said, traveling to Winona lake where cyclists are welcomed with a party at the lakeside Trailhouse Village Bicycles in the Village of Winona.
“In between the lakes, cyclists enjoy a stunning ride across the countryside and through quaint, small towns,” Megan said. Organizers have marked the lakes well, offering notes of interest and have strategically placed lake-view SAGs.
And while it’s not a race, rumor has it the ride to the famed banana bread SAG puts peddlers into high gear to get their slice. No worries this year, Megan said, “We’ve doubled the amount.” All the SAGs will offer quick, healthy snacks and refreshments.
At ride’s end, feast on a lunch featuring J&B Smokers (known for their smoked meats and smoky mac & cheese), Amish-made kettle corn, live music and craft beer from local HopLore Brewing out of Leesburg, IN. (Register before July 1 to make lunch part of your ride. For those who register after, lunch can be purchased while supplies last.)
The ride starts and finishes from the Syracuse Community Center, ideal for participants, families and friends for enjoying the post-event party and for waiting (or recovering) at Community Beach on Syracuse Lake.
The ride is hosted by the Syracuse-Wawasee Trail System where a portion of the proceeds are used for the continued growth of the trail. Megan expects 350 to 400 participants at this year’s 8th annual ride.
Free for the Family
If your family is not quite ready for the 25K, all or some can join in on the free family ride where registration is not required. This ride of between one to two miles is considered a Tour of the Parks in Syracuse.
“Families get passports and are challenged to have them stamped at each of the parks where activities, such as a farmer’s market, will keep interest high.”
Registration/check-in 7 – 9:30am