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Named one of the “Top 10 Multi-Day Rides in America” by Bicycling Magazine, The Michigander combines beautiful trails, Great Lakes beaches, lighthouses, rivers, virgin white pines, and a healthy serving of brewpubs.The Michigander Bicycle Tour is also a part of the Michigan Fitness Foundation Challenge. This challenge endorses local, regional and state events consistent with the Governor’s Council mission to promote healthy choices, while offering a physical activity event open to all participants, regardless of skill level or age.
The 2016 Michigander is a casual bicycle tour and offers three tour options; 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour or 8-day Tour which combines both the 2-Day and 6-Day Tours. Routes feature a mix of paved and crushed limestone surfaced trails and roads, and on occasion (if necessary) short jaunts on dirt roads and or unpaved trails. The 2-Day Michigander is designed to be a casual, easy ride up to 30-35 miles each day. It starts and finishes in the same town, so those that prefer a shorter ride can simply turn back at any time. The 6-Day Tour moves upwards of 50-60 miles a day and moves from town to town. Those that do the 8-Day Tour often consider the 2-Day Tour as a good warm up to the 6-Day Tour.
Camping is included as well as breakfast and dinner daily. About 20% of the riders stay in nearby recommended hotels. For those that prefer to have someone else set up their camp, Michigan Cycling Charters offers set up and tear down service for a reasonable fee.
Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance presents a fall color bicycle tour of the trail towns of South Lyon, Wixom and Milford on this 30-35 mile ride. This interconnected trail network in Southwest Oakland County is a combination of paved trails, dirt roads and an option of undeveloped trails, including:
- South Lyon Trail System
- Island Lake Recreation Area
- Kensington Metro Park
- Milford Trail
- Huron Valley Trail
- Optional 22 additional paved miles inside Kensington Metro Park and Island Lake Recreation Area.
After the bicycle ride, we will meet back at South Lyon Cycle and all are invited to join us for a complimentary soft drink or beer at the South Lyon Pumpkinfest Beer Tent. We will distribute drink tickets at South Lyon Cycle. Then everyone is encouraged to check out the craft show, activities and game booths on the Midway, South Lyon Farmer’s Market, live music and all of the inflatables downtown.
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