Michigander Bicycle Tour
Dear Trail Enthusiasts,
We know you love trails. We do too, that’s why the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA) has been working since 2004 to establish a statewide network of trails in Michigan. We were excited to showcase the TART Trails and Betsie Valley Trail on our 29th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour.
Unfortunately, MTGA was too concerned for the health and safety of our riders and up-north citizens to hold the Michigander during 2020. This was deeply disappointing and we hoped to postpone the tour until July 17-22, 2021. As coronavirus cases are worse now than ever before, we are watching events closely and and will not be making a decision on hosting the 2021 tour until the new year.
The Michigander 2021 Team
See the information below to see what the 2021 Michigander Bicycle Tour has in store!
“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 17-22, 2021.
Riders are welcome to camp and register on the night of July 16, 2021.
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. Most routes are paved with a combination of road and trail. The Betsie Valley Trail has a crushed limestone surface for 13 miles from Beulah to Thompsonville. For 6-Day riders, this section of crushed limestone is only 4% out of the total number of miles.
- 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
- 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
- VeloSante Cycling Services
- tenting service
- air mattresses
- afternoon refreshments
- bicycle shipping
- and much much more!
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.
Michigander jerseys will be for sale! They will only be sold via the Primal Store.
Preparing for the Michigander
Daily mileage ranges from 40-65 miles a day and the entire route is 288 miles. Mileages cannot be finalized until routes are fully approved. Below are examples of tour options. We suggest you and your bike come prepared for a challenge. For training tips, click here.
For tips on riding safely and legally in Michigan, read What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know.
Registration is open, click here to register.
Paper registration deadline is May 1, 2020.
Refund deadline is June 26, 2020. Click here for our refund policy.
Registration deadline is July 6, 2020.