SWARTZ CREEK — If you love to ride bikes, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Assenmacher 100 on Sunday, August 16. The annual social fun ride goes through the farmland and villages around Mid-Michigan and has been taking place every year since 1980.
The race will begin at Assenmachers, 8053 Miller Road in Swartz Creek, and will consist of routes that entail 20, 34, 56, 66 and 100 mile-long courses, and also vary for experienced riders and casual riders.
There are also five paved routes this year and refreshments, maps and turn-by-turn directions will be available. Support vehicles will follow along all routes until 3 p.m. and all routes will be marked with color-coded road arrows.
The routes sometimes coincide, leading to other riders of various routes and skill sets. The routes include 20 miles flat, 34 miles flat to rolling hills, 56 miles flat to rolling hills, 66 miles flat to rolling hills and 100 miles flat to moderate hills.
Parking will be available at many of the Swartz Creek Community Schools. Registration and the beginning of the race, however, will be at Assenmachers in downtown Swartz Creek. A limited number of T-shirts will be on hand at the event for $16 apiece and will be available at the registration area.
An application form can be downloaded and printed from a link at www.assenmachers.com. You can also get the application at either Assenmacher locations or call 810- 635-7844. Contact can also be made via e-mail at email@example.com.
The cost is now $20 and for family registration, the fee is now $45. Day-of registration will take place at Assemachers in Swartz Creek from 7-10:30 a.m. and those riding the 100 mile course will have to take off by 8 a.m. with all riders expected to be on the trails by 10:30 a.m.
There are now refunds and all riders must sign the release, with a parent’s signature required for those under the age of 18. An adult must accompany riders under 16.