Century Ride returns to Delta County

GLADSTONE — A long-standing local tradition will return later this month. The Delta County Century Ride will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Delta County Chamber of Commerce Assistant Director Sheila Krueger said the bicycle event got started more than 15 years ago.

“The Delta County Century Ride began in 2001 as a partnership between the Chamber and the Escanaba Kiwanis as a new community event,” she stated.

Participants in the ride will be able to choose from 13K, 40K, 78K, and 100K route lengths. “The Century Ride features four different route lengths that take riders through the beautiful countryside of Delta County,” Krueger said. All routes will start and end at the Gladstone Area High School.

This year, a variety of rest stops will once again be located along these routes for cyclists. At these rest stops, complimentary food will be available from local businesses.

“Riders will enjoy food from Dobber’s Pasties, Brisket Barn, and Papa Murphy’s,” Krueger said.

Cyclists will also be able to enjoy musical entertainment during the ride.

“The Gladstone Ski Hill rest stop will feature music by Augie Peters,” Krueger said.

Participants will be able to pick up their ride registration while enjoying a special dinner during an event held at the Gladstone Area High School the night before the Century Ride.

The Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau is again sponsoring the Bike and Binge on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Croatian chicken from Elmer’s County Market. There is a fee for the dinner.

People taking part in the Century Ride can opt to pay an extra fee to sign up for a gourmet waffle breakfast served by Bobaloon’s before the ride, as well.

There is a fee to take part in the Century Ride. Registration will be open on-site on the evening of Saturday, Sept. 16, and on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 17. People planning to participate in this event can also pre-register online at deltami.org.