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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.
The ride starts and ends at the award winning Witches Hat Brewing Company.
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