Take a ride this summer and join the Michigander Bicycle Tour
Every July, hundreds of bicycling enthusiasts gather in Michigan to experience the joy of Michigan summers. The Michigander Bicycle Tour, now in its 23rd year, showcases some of the 2,444 multi-use trails that Michigan has to offer.
July 12 through July 18, bicyclists will tour pure Michigan from two wheels. Bikers have several ride options to choose from: The family-friendly 2-day ride and 7-day tour takes off in Farwell on the paved Pere Marquette trail, while the 6-day ride continues to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, the Betsie Valley Trail, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Leelanau Trail, and TART Trail. The ride includes baggage transport, snack and water stops, two meals a day, and evening entertainment at campsites.
The Michigander Bicycle Tour will pedal through historic and award-winning sights, including Leland, voted second “Best Place to Watch a Sunset” by USA Today and Sleeping Bear Dunes, winner of Good Morning America’s “The Most Beautiful Place in America.”
A summer tradition for many, the Michigander allows riders to reconnect with old friends and meet new friends on the ride. Experienced and beginner riders travel from every region of Michigan and the United States to get a taste of Michigan’s remarkable summers.
“Our riders love the camaraderie they have with each other after reconnecting with old pals and meeting new friends,” said Nancy Krupiarz, executive director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “Michigan’s trails are a unique and healthy way for people to stay active while reconnecting with friends.”
The Michigander is the perfect Pure Michigan escape and to stay active. Former Free Press outdoors writer, Eric Sharp, describes the contagious enthusiasm of Michigander riders:
“What was most notable was the incredible enthusiasm of the people who had ridden it before,” said Sharp. “This was the highlight of the year for many, better than Christmas, and their enthusiasm was infectious.”
Want to join in on the fun? Register, here, for the Michigander today—registration ends June 27!
Photo credit: Nick Page