Michigander Bicycle Tour

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~Bicycling Magazine

Top of Michigan Trails – Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Indian River, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Onaway & Petoskey
July 14-21, 2018

2-Day Weekend, July 14-15
6-Day Tour, July 16-21
8-Day Tour, July 14-21

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North Central Michigan is home to excellent trails and towns to be explored on the 27th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour from July 14-21. Featured towns include Boyne City, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Harbor Springs, Mackinac Island, Mackinaw City, Petoskey, and all points in between stretching from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan.

This region is known for its scenery; sandy beaches, crystal clear lakes, winding rivers and the expansive shorelines dotted with shipwrecks and lighthouses. The Top of Michigan Trails manages a fantastic network of trails that cover nearly 300 miles of Northern Michigan. Cyclists will experience the following trails: North Central State Trail, North Eastern State Trail, North Western State Trail, Little Traverse Wheelway, Burt Lake Trail, Charlevoix Township Bike Path, and Petoskey City Trails, which combined make up a portion of the Great Lake to Lake Trail Route #3 and the Iron Belle Trail. Because of the expanse of this trail network, there are also ample opportunities for cyclists who like a longer ride to easily take on more miles than the planned routes each day. An additional option to tour car-free Mackinac Island will give Michigander riders the ability to explore up to 70 miles of trails, on the quaint Island that is considered “One of the Top Ten Islands in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic.

The tour offers three options; 2-Day Tour, 6-Day Tour or 8-day Tour (which combines both the 2-Day and 6-Day tours). Routes are a combination of trails and backroads with paved and crushed limestone surfaces on the mainland routes and paved and natural surfaces on Mackinac Island.

Registration is open from January 31 through June 30.

25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

The 2-Day Weekend  is designed to be a casual, easy ride. It is a loop ride, which means everyone will ride out and back on the same route, so those that prefer a shorter ride can simply turn back at any time.

This year, the 6-Day Tour will move every 2 days. This means we will loop in and out of camp at each location on the first day, then move on  to the next and will just set up camp three times as opposed to six times as in past years.  By offering two days in each location, cyclists will have more opportunities to experience the towns and know they can relax a bit more without having to set up and tear down each day as in tours past.

The 8-Day Tour  is a combination of the 2-Day Weekend and the 6-Day Tour.

 


Fruitport:::25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Fruitport: 25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Camping

Camping is included with your registration.
2-Day Weekend: Arrive after 6:00 pm on Friday, July 13/Depart by 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 15
July 13-15: Cheboygan High School

6-Day Ride:Arrive after 6:00 pm on  Sunday, July 15/Depart by 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 21
July 15-16: Cheboygan High School
July 17-18: Petoskey Middle School
July 19-20: Harbor Springs High School

 

About 25% of the riders stay in nearby recommended hotels. For those that prefer to have someone else set up their camp, Michigan Cycling Charters is our official tour provider, they offer rental tent

Jamestown:::25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Jamestown: 25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

s, as well as set up and tear down service for a reasonable fee. In addition to their tenting services, they also offer towel, chair, memory foam sleeping pad rentals and shuttle service to our recommended hotels for a nominal fee. Keep in mind, it is important to sign up in advance, especially for hotel shuttle service prior to the ride. Space is limited for the hotel shuttle service. Download: Michigan Cycling Charters Reservation Form

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Hotels, Lodges and Inns
Rooms do sell out quickly and this is peak summer season in a very busy resort area. For details and links, click here to visit the registration website.

 

 

 

Fenn Valley Vineyards:::25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Fenn Valley Vineyards: 25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

  • The Michigander Bicycle Tour includes:
    • 2-Day Ride: Breakfast Daily featuring healthy and hearty fare (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options). Lunch and dinners on your own.
    • 6-Day Ride: Breakfast Daily with Dinner Buffets most nights…New this year is Explore and Eat Local, designed so that riders can head downtown to experience local cuisine on their own on select evenings. Be sure to reference the Ride Guide or our Information Hub for our favorite curated picks in all price ranges.
    • Camping and Hot Showers
    • Gourmet Morning Coffee
    • Evening Shuttles to town in Petoskey and Harbor Springs (no need in Cheboygan as everyone will have their vehicles).
    • SAG Support (Rest stops with ice water, gatorade, NUUN, fresh fruit, Kind Bars and healthy snacks every 10-15 miles.
    • Full medical team, Red Cross certified volunteers with experiences cyclists monitoring the safety of the route (SAG Sweeps) and the roads (Roving SAGs) and to provide assistance to riders.
    • Baggage transport; 2 bags up to 40lbs each per rider (when moving to Petoskey, Harbor Springs and back to Cheboygan).
    • Cell phone charging stations
    • Evening entertainment
  • A team of 60 experienced volunteers to support you and yours during all facets of the ride. Many have been with us since the ride’s inception.
Century Riders:::25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Century Riders: 25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Additional Fee Based Amenities
• Mobile Bicycle Repair & Maintenance
• Massage Therapists
• Michigan Cycling Charters; Kelty Tent rental with setup and take down each day with your baggage waiting in your tent, set up and take down each day with your baggage in your provided tent, cooler and chair rentals and more.

 

 

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Fruitport:::25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Fruitport: 25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

2018 Rates

8-Day Tour Adult $575
8-Day Tour Youth $495
6-Day Tour Adult $495
6-Day Tour Youth $425
2-Day Weekend Adult $135
2-Day Weekend Youth $95

Adult Age: 13 and older
Youth Age: 7-12
Youth 6 and under free

Notable Deadlines

      • January 31: Registration Opens
      • January 31: Official Michigander Ride Jersey and T-Shirts will be available for pre-order.
      • February 15: Paper Registration opens
        April 15: Paper Registration closes
      • May 1: Preorder merchandise for ride jerseys, tanks and hoodies closes
      • June 1: Preorder merchandise for ride t-shirts closes
        Note: We will have a very limited supply of merchandise available on the ride, it is always best to preorder.
      • June 15: No refunds.
      • June 30: Registration closes.
Saugatuck:::25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Saugatuck: 25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

More:

      • RunSignUp assesses a registration fee ranging from $6 to $25 per registrant which is dependent on the base cost of your ride registration. You will see the registration fee at check out.
      • Online registrants may cancel their ride registration at any time through June 15 with a $35 cancellation fee.
      • Online merchandise cancellations must be processed by us via email to process the cancellation (sorry, the program doesn’t let you cancel at this time).
      • Paper registrants may cancel their ride registration  through May 15  with a $35 cancellation fee and all requests must be received via email.
      • Questions? Email (info (at) michigantrails. org). Note: we are rarely available by phone as we are often out on the road planning the event. Please, email or be patient as it can take up to two weeks for us to return phone calls.
      • Stay in the know via regular updates through the Michigander Bicycle Tour Facebook Page.

 

Saugatuck:::25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

Saugatuck: 25th Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour, images by Steve Vorderman.

 

 

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Main Image: Petoskey Harbor by Scott Dreslinksi.

 


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