FRANKENMUTH, MI – May 14, 2015–The 9th Annual Tour de Frankenmuth, a two-day cycling weekend returns to Frankenmuth on May 23 and 24, 2015. The Tour de Frankenmuth includes a bike race and cycling tour of Michigan’s Thumb and is one of many Bikes, Barks and Balloons Memorial Day Weekend activities. The public is invited to participate in any or all of our events over the weekend.
Tour de Frankenmuth is sponsored by Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. The race’s $4,000 winner’s purse and bragging rights are up for grabs in the ninth annual road race. A FREE KID’S RACE is also scheduled at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday.
Zehnder’s Tour de Frankenmuth brings over 400 participants into Frankenmuth along with several hundred fans. Just like the major races across Europe and U.S., the Tour de Frankenmuth promises plenty of cycling excitement. The gathering place for all events is Zehnder’s Park in downtown Frankenmuth, just south of Zehnder’s Restaurant. All events will be held rain or shine and is coordinated by the Revolution Racing Club.
One For the Thumb!
The Gran Fondo de Thumb is back for a sixth year. Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events that are timed but are-not races-that have become immensely popular in Europe and are just now becoming popular in North America. Our Gran Fondo features a tour of Michigan’s Thumb. With routes for beginners and expert riders, the Gran Fondo includes 15-mile, 65-mile, 90-mile and the extreme 130-mile long routes. Riders choosing the longest route will end at the wind turbines of Ubly.
Additional Family Fun Weekend Events
Dog Bowl 2015 – Frankenmuth invites you to the FREE eighth annual Dog Bowl featuring an Olympic Style Event for Dogs at Frankenmuth River Place. Bring your canine athlete and get in on the action. Dock Dogs, Disc Dog and many other events will be featured throughout the weekend.
Balloons Over Bavaria – Over thirty balloonists will compete for accuracy in achieving flight tasks and striving to hit targets on the ground in six flight attempts over the weekend. Experience the Balloon Glow featuring tethered hot air balloons that glow and flicker in the evening sky. Meet the pilots, get autographs, and even take pictures with the children in the basket. Balloon Glows are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings.
Fireworks Finale – Weekend events will conclude with a fantastic Fireworks Display, sponsored by Pepsi, Sunday evening beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m.
For more information, go to www.tourdefrankenmuth.com, www.dogbowlfun.com or www.frankenmuth.org.