GREENVILLE — What goes hand-in-hand with cycling several hours over a distance of 30 miles?
Doughnuts, of course!
At least that’s the case for the fifth annual Le Tour de Donut bicycle race in Greenville next Saturday, Sept. 21.
According to event organizer Steve Klackle, this year’s race will feature upward of 500 cyclists from around the state and beyond who will take to the 30-mile course which weaves between paved roads and bike trails throughout Greenville.
“This is a chance to highlight the Greenville area, that’s the reason we do it,” Klackle said. “We’re hoping to break the record for doughnuts eaten by one rider, which currently stands at 18.”
The event features two races, a road race and mountain bike race, which was new as of last year.
“We’re hoping for about 100 riders in the mountain bike race,” Klackle said. “It’s a great race that makes use of both of our mountain bike trails in Greenville and utilizes the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail as well.”
During the two rest stops spread evenly throughout the road race, riders can consume as many doughnuts as they wish, with each pastry taking three minutes off of their total time.
“Ten miles isn’t too bad of a stretch to ride before taking a break,” Klackle said. “We do attract some pretty competitive cyclists, but most of the riders are recreational.”
Klackle said he expects an influx of riders to sign up during the final week before the race, a trend that has occurred every year. He added that the number of people to participate often depends on the weather.
New to this year’s event will be the use of “chip timing” to provide more accurate results as riders cross the finish line.
“We continue to try to make improvements,” Klackle said. “There are a number of races throughout the summer in Michigan, and everyone likes to up the ante. You’ve got to have something new to keep people coming to your event.”
Klackle encouraged those who wish to participate to bring family and friends as Klackle Orchards will be open all day for visitors to enjoy.
“We’re seeing more and more people bring guests to enjoy a day at the orchard,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Registration is available online at www.snapregistration.com/110056.
The registration entry fee is $30, which includes a T-shirt, breakfast and coupon to enter the orchard for the day.