July 15-Saturday, July 22: Michigander Bicycle Tour, Traverse City/Frankfort/Leland
Bicycling Magazine dubbed it “One of the Top 10 Multi Day Rides in America” in what Good Morning America dubbed “The Most Beautiful Place in America.” With those accolades, this will be the ride of the summer.
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 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.
July 21: Tour de Tart, Traverse City
More than 600 people of all ages will hit the TART and Leelanau Trails for an evening ride that begins in Traverse City at Darrow Park and ends at Marina Park in the Village of Suttons Bay. Riders will enjoy two food stops along the 17-mile ride, a bay side meal at the Suttons Bay Marina, local microbrews (bring cash) and then a relaxing bus ride back home. Bus service begins at 6:30 pm and the last bus departs at 9 pm.
$40 for adults 13 and up
$15 for kids 12 and under
Prices will go up $5 per participant two weeks prior to event
The event is capped at 600 participants
July 28-30: Michigan Adventure Race: Epic Edition, Huron Manistee National Forest Trails, Cadillac
Get ready for the ultimate wilderness adventure, with plenty of flexibility for beginners and experts alike. You and your teammate(s) will explore the Caberfae area, featuring the best mountain biking, the best paddling and the best orienteering of any race we’ve put on, all combined in one incredible experience. 18 hour (Fri-Sat): Teams of 2, 3 and 4. 6 hour (Sunday): Teams of 1, 2 or 3.
July 29 Ride Richmond, A benefit for A Beautiful Me
McLaren Macomb presents its first annual bike ride event, Ride Richmond, to benefit A Beautiful Me on July 29th, 2017 at 9:00 AM. There are three distance choices for this family friendly bike ride: 1 mile, 15 miles, or 25 miles along the scenic Macomb Orchard Trail beginning at the Richmond Community Center in Richmond, MI. In addition to the ride, there will be a bike decorating contest, Don’s Balloons, “FairStyles” Painted Funky Hair, and much more. Everyone who registers online before July 14th will receive a t-shirt, custom medal, and morning fuel for $25. Registration after July 14th is $30, and a t-shirt and medal are not guaranteed. A Beautiful Me helps young ladies and women with confidence-building activities through successful, fun and interactive workshops.
July 30: Kent County Parks Tour: Roselle Park, Ada
Presented by the Kent County Parks Foundation and Grand Rapids Bicycle Company, cyclists of all ages and abilities are invited to join in a fun ride that showcases Kent County Parks and trails. The ride begins at Roselle Park in Ada, with various routes that feature different lengths, difficulty, and scenery to suit all riders, with rest stops along the way.
August 19: Dune Dash
The Sixth Annual Dune Dash 4-mile run/walk takes place on Saturday, August 19th at 9 AM. The race course showcases the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Starting and finishing at the base of the Dune Climb, runners follow the flat, paved Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail past rolling dunes and beautiful forests to the turn around point at historic Glen Haven. Don’t miss your chance to experience one of the most beautiful scenic runs in Michigan.
Click here for more information or to sign up!
They also need volunteers for registration and race jobs. Click here for more information about the volunteer opportunities.
October 1: Trail Towns Tour, South Lyon
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, join us for a complimentary soft drink or beer and live music at the South Lyon Pumpkinfest Beer Tent. Everyone is encouraged to check out the craft show, activities and game booths on the Midway, and all of the inflatables at this celebratory fall festival nearing its fourth decade.
November 11: Dirty Duel Trail Race, Provin Trails, Grand Rapids
(along with Robinette’s Apple Haus trails)
Join over 700 racers who will split off right after the start in a dueling dash back to the finish in only trail race in the United States that offers racers a choice of courses, Short & Brutal 5K or Long & Difficult 6K. Depending on the course chosen, you will face a sand dune, cornfield/maze, and off-trail sections. Free donuts, cider, and apples after the race.
More Events Coming Soon…
Every week, great things are happening on Michigan trails. Just look at some of the activities you can do yourself or in a group:
- Ride the trails.
- Take a stroll.
- Walk your dog.
- Run a 5K race or a 100K race.
- Join a day long organized ride or an after work peddle for ice cream.
- Join a strolling photography class.
- Get together with local birdwatchers.
- Connect with a walking exercise group.
- Take a tour of historic trail sites.
- Take a bicycle vacation.