Michigander Bicycle Tour

“One of the top 10 multi-day rides in America” – Bicycling Magazine

Tour the Two Peninsulas

Explore Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Tour dates: July 13-18, 2020.

Riders are welcome to camp and register on the night of July 12, 2020.


About

The 29th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour will take place July 13-18 along Lake Michigan, allowing participants to ride their choice of 1-6 days. This tour showcases Lake Michigan, TART Trails, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park as it travels to Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Thompsonville, and Glen Arbor. Riders will enjoy picturesque views of Lake Michigan as they travel along the Leelanau Trail, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and Betsie Valley Trail.

Leelanau County is known as the Land of Delight, for its beautiful protected lands, waterways, and coastlines. The featured Leelanau Trail travels from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. The tour also features the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, which extends from Empire to Glen Arbor, and the Betsie Valley Trail, which connects Frankfort and Thompsonville.

The tour offers a choice between a 1 to 6-day ride. All routes are paved with a combination of road and trail.

The first two days of the tour, Mon. July 13 and Tues July 14 are staged from Traverse City and make an ideal trip for fans of the 2-day Michigander. These days represent lower mileage at 39 miles and 47 miles with a loop that could be skipped if needed. Additional choices for a 2-day tour are also available, please check back soon for fully vetted routes with mileage, we are still researching.


Days

  • Day 1 – Travel from Traverse City to the tip of Old Mission Peninsula
  • Day 2 – Travel from Traverse City to Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail
  • Day 3 – Travel from Traverse City to Frankfort
  • Day 4 – Travel from Frankfort to Glen Arbor on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
  • Day 5 – Travel from Frankfort to Thompsonville on the Bestie Valley Trail
  • Day 6 – Travel from Frankfort back to Traverse City

*Please note that these are subject to change


What’s Included

  • Camping
  • Catered breakfasts and dinners
  • Gourmet morning coffee
  • SAG Support
  • Full medical team
  • Baggage transport
  • Cell phone charging stations
  • A team of volunteers to support you during the ride
  • Free bus to take riders from the Civic Center to downtown Traverse City

Additional Fee-Based Amenities

  • Mobile bike repair and maintenance
  • Massage therapist

Sponsorship Opportunities

Check back soon to support the work of Michigan Trails as a Michigander Sponsor


Routes

All routes below are tentative and may undergo changes. Final Routes will be identified with the word “FINAL” in the title of the route as we progress over the coming months.

 


Mileage Along Routes

Routes are to be determined. Daily mileage will range from 40-65 miles a day.


Recommended Non-6-Day Rides

One-Day Tours

July 13

  • Tour Old Mission Peninsula
  • 42 miles

July 14

  • Tour Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail
  • 46.6 miles

July 16 

  • Tour Glen Arbor on the Sleeping Bear Dunes Heritage Trail
  • 66 miles

July 17 

  • Tour Crystal Mountain and the Betsie Valley Trail
  • 47 miles

Two-Day

July 13 + 14

  • Tour Old Mission and Suttons Bay

88.6 miles

July 16 + 17

  • Tour Glen Arbor and Crystal Mountain
  • 113 miles

Three-Day 

*Please note that if you choose a 3-day ride then you will NOT end where your car is. You will need to find a way to get back to your car.

July 13 – July 15

  • Tour Old Mission, Suttons Bay, and Frankfort
  • 133.6 miles

July 16 – July 18

  • Tour Glen Arbor, Crystal Mountain, and Traverse City
  • 154 miles

Four-Day

July 13 – July 16

  • Tour Old Mission, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, and Glen Arbor
  • 180 miles
  • Please note that if you choose this option then you will NOT end where your car is. You will need to find a way to get back to your car.

July 14 – July 17

  • Tour Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Glen Arbor, and Crystal Mountain
  • 204 miles
  • Please note that if you choose this option then you will NOT end where your car is. You will need to find a way to get back to your car.

July 15 – 18

  • Tour Frankfort, Glen Arbor, Crystal Mountain, and Traverse City
  • 199 miles

Notable Deadlines

We will notify all previous riders when registration is open, check back for registration deadlines.