The Vineyard Classic Bicycle Tour takes place on Sunday, September 13, 2020 and is part of the annual Paw Paw Wine and Harvest Festival, now offered by KELC Events. On Sunday, there are many events in and around the Paw Paw area such as arts and crafts, winery tours, entertainment, grape stomping, parades and grapes for tasting.
The tour travels past lush vineyards and orchards at the peak of harvest season. Cyclists pass by woodlands, lakes, rivers, and neighboring villages and have the option to choose from three different length routes (23, 43 or 57 mile distances). There are a variety of breakfast places to stop at in town before the ride. There will be SAG support with radio crew, route maps, road markings, first aid and refreshment stops provided. Helmets are required. All proceeds go for college internships in Southwest Michigan.
Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 9:00 a.m. The tour starts between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. The starting location is at the Van Buren County Human Services Building, located at 801 Hazen Street, Paw Paw MI, 49079 - just North of Red Arrow Highway. Advanced registration is $20. Day-of registration is $30. Children under 12 may participate for FREE when accompanied by an adult.
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The SAG stops are at the Village of Lawton's Chancey Lewis Park and in Decatur at the VFW Veteran's Park. Refreshments will include hydration, homemade cookies (thank you LaCantina), and other nutritious snacks to keep you sustained while riding.
The routes are designed to provide a great exploration into the "wine country" and they are self-guided, with road markings, directions, and a bit of familiarity. All riders will be asked to wear their assigned bibs to assure compliance to the registration guidelines. A special thank you to Gary Goscenski who volunteered his time to mark the course (a big job).
About Those Cookies...
The cookies that have become famous for the Paw Paw Vineyard Classic are called "Biker Cookies." Ask any biker, they are the go-to cookie. Since college interns have now taken the "event clipboard" we thought it was better to trust the cookie "integrity" to LaCantina. We can't wait to bite into them on September 13. We think that you will be happy they are making them and not us.
The Black River Amateur Radio Club
For years and years, the Black River Amateur Radio Club has donated their services and commitment to helping to provide a supported and safe route for our bicylists. They will be in cars marked to provide support for the ride. They will also have a radio operator at each of the SAG stations.
All three of the courses will begin at the Van Buren County Human Services building. The 57 mile ride will include SAG stops at both Lawton Park and Decatur Veteran's Park. The 43 mile course will have the same two SAG stops, and the 23 mile course will have just one SAG stop in Lawton. View the courses below for more detail!
Please note that the 43 mile course has a detour -
The map has been updated as of 9/7/2019. -