Sister Bay Hosts Fall Challenge Ride Sept. 15

Sister Bay’s Waterfront Park is host to northern Door County’s annual century ride Saturday, Sept. 15. The Peninsula Century Fall Challenge will welcome 700 cyclists to the shore to take on routes of 25, 50, 62 and 100 miles.

Cyclists can still register for the ride at packet pickup from 4 – 7 pm Friday at Waterfront Park, and again Saturday morning from 6 – 9 am at the park.

The Fall Challenge features bites from local restaurants at each rest stop, plus live music from Seth Raddatz and a taco buffet from Thyme Cuisine at the finish line. Riders will also get free Tapuat Kombucha and craft beer from Door County Brewing Co.

Century ride participants are automatically entered in the Door County Brewing Co. Polka King of the Hills Challenge. Riders will record their times in three hill challenges to compete for prizes, with the overall winner taking home the Polka King of the Hills bike jersey.

Director Brian Fitzgerald has designed the routes to be as unobtrusive as possible for local villages and businesses. The ride avoids village centers and highways wherever possible, and gets riders through Ephraim and Fish Creek early in the morning to avoid peak traffic times.

Almost 83 percent of Fall Challenge participants stay overnight in Door County for the event, and almost 50 percent rent hotels or vacation homes. Those guests spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on lodging, food, gas and entertainment in northern Door County.

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