Michigander Bicycle Tour
“One of the Top 10 Multi-Day Rides in America” ~Bicycling Magazine
Michigan’s Classic Cycling Vacation
The Michigander Bicycle Tour 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 Pure Michigan FITness Series. This series 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.
Cyclists have three tour options; 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour or 8-day Tour (which combines both the 2-Day and 6-Day tours). Routes are mostly paved with a jaunt on crushed limestone, and on occasion short jaunts on dirt roads. The 6-Day Tour and 8-Day Tour will be on the Kal-Haven Trail on Friday, July 22 for route options 2 and 3, which is crushed limestone. 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.
Hotel Room Blocks
We set up the best rates when possible for you to book yourself in a mix of hotels, inns, cabins and bed and breakfasts as close as we can to camp.
Each property on our list will offer their room blocks through June 30, 2017 at the rates listed. Rooms do sell out quickly and this is peak summer season in a very busy resort area. If you are going to stay in a hotel/inn, book asap. If you miss out on the room blocks, no need to worry, just visit www.michigan.org for area properties. Be sure to select a property within riding distance of camp, or you may hire Michigan Cycling Charters to shuttle you and yours each day for a fee.
Accommodations Directory — Coming in January 2017
The Michigander Bicycle Tour includes:
• Breakfast and Dinner Buffet featuring healthy and hearty fare (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options)
• Camping in a mix of schools and campgrounds
• Hot Showers/Shower Trucks
• Gourmet Coffee each morning
• Evening Shuttles to local towns
• Fresh Water and Snacks every 10-15 miles
• Baggage transport
• Cell phone charging stations
• Evening entertainment
• Yoga & Stretching
Additional Fee Based Amenities
• Mobile Bicycle Repair & Maintenance
• Massage Therapists
• Michigan Cycling Charters
o Kelty Tent rental with setup and take down each day with your baggage waiting in your tent.
o Set up and take down each day with your baggage in your provided tent.
o Cooler and chair rentals and more.
• 2-Day $125 adult | $75 youth (7-12) | Youth 6 & under are free
• 6-Day $450 adult | $400 youth (7-12) | Youth 6 & under are free
• 8-Day $525 | $475 youth (7-12) | Youth 6 & under are free
Youth 6 & under are free with parent or legal guardian, all minors must have medical release forms with them at all times during the ride.
Registration closes June 30, 2016, though merchandise sales for ride jerseys will close May 1, then riders will have to purchase from inventory available on the ride.
More: $35 cancellation fee. No refunds after June 14, 2017.
Paper Registration Here (Note: personal/business checks or money orders are the only form of payment we will accept with the paper registration and we must receive this in our office in Lansing by July 1st.)
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