The best part of Iceman for us Northern folk is getting to share our town with our spandex friends from all over the country. Sure, it's all about the race. But we really hope you get out after your race and enjoy Traverse City and everything it has to offer. Which is, mostly, really good food and killer wine and beer.
For breakfast on race day, the best place to stop is at Breakaway Cafe and Coffee Bar. They have become famous for their breakfast burritos, freshly baked cookies, incredible lattes, and fresh-as-can-be sandwiches. Located right next to Einstein cycles on US 31, right on the way to Kalkaska, it's the local's choice for fresh food on the go.
After the race, you're going to want to celebrate your big win. Or your big finish. Or the fact that you at least made it to the start line despite your killer hangover from Friday night. To celebrate properly, you'll want delicious food to get you going again after your effort, and a selection of cider, beer, and wine to toast your success. Taproot Cider House is located downtown TC, and has the best farm-to-table food selection in town. They also have a selection of beers from Short's and ciders from Starcut Ciders, which is my favorite. The Immortal Jellyfish is a particular treasure if you ask me.
Everyone in TC also really likes The Filling Station for the classic American staples of pizza and beer. They also have one of the friendliest staffs in town, who would just love to listen to your stories of how you passed that one guy from Velo City Cycles right on the finish line for 49th place.
I'll be honest, I'm not a huge party guy. But from my younger days, I know Kilkenny's is a good place to toss a few back while dancing to live music. Union Street Station is also a great place to "cut a rug" as our octogenarian friends used to say. I also really like The Workshop, and Rare Bird is probably my favorite place to hang with friends after a long, fun day on the bike.
STUFF TO DO
Sunday calls for perfect weather, which represents an opportunity to get out there to see Northern Michigan in all of its fall glory. Look into a wine and beer tour from Traverse City Wine and Beer Tours to take in Old Mission or Leelananu Peninsula's best wineries and vineyards. You can also head out to Pyramid Point or Empire for a hike to see stunning views of Lake Michigan. Both of these hikes are perfect for a family stroll, and provide ample opportunities for Facebook Profile pictures and Instagram posts galore.
Obviously, you can also ride your bike again. I'll be at Breakaway Cafe at 11am on Sunday for a relaxed ride on the VASA if anyone cares to join. There's also great riding at the VASA Singletrack and behind the Commons, if you'd like to see a little different trail than you usually do up here.
Finally, thanks so much for coming up to race your bikes in our little neck of the woods. We love living up here, and I think I can speak for everyone in the TC cycling community when I say we're thrilled to have you, and I hope your weekend of racing is safe and happy.
Be sure to take The Pledge and we'll see you tomorrow on the start line!