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 is too concerned for the health and safety of our riders and up-north citizens to hold the Michigander during July 13-18. While this is deeply disappointing, we are pleased to report the tour is being postponed until July 17-22, 2021. Now no one will miss out on MTGA’s Tour the Two Peninsulas!
Just like the plan for this year, the 2021 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 dazzling coastlines and past verdant vineyards.
Current participants have several options for their registration fees. Many of you have very generously offered to donate your registration fee to support our nonprofit in the wake of this substantial financial hit. If you would like to donate your registration fee and support our efforts to help people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier Michigan, see the instructions below. Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance is a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible. As always, all donors will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes.
You may also defer your registration to 2021 or receive a refund. Please see full instructions below. We thank you for understanding our desire to keep our riders and citizens safe. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 2021 Michigander!
The Michigander 2020 Team
Instructions for use of registration fees:
To make it easy on you, MTGA is happy to process your registration fee on the BikeSignUp site or you can do it yourself. Please note as in our refund policy, there is a non-refundable $35 BikeSignUp registration fee for those who registered online. Those who registered via mail should contact MTGA at . MTGA is covering the additional $1 refund fee charged by BikeSignUp for all those wishing refunds. It will take 3-4 weeks to issue refunds and you will be notified when the refund has been processed. We thank you for your patience during this difficult time.
To process yourself:
1) Sign In to BikeSignUp
2) Go to your Profile
3) Click Manage Registration next to the registration that you would like to request a refund for
4) Click the Request Refund menu item
5) Follow the provided steps and continue
To have MTGA process:
1) Email us at
2) Tell us in the email if you would like to defer, donate or refund your registration. Partial formulas like donate half and defer half are okay, you can pay the remaining registration fee next year.
3) We will make your choices as you indicated
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 13-18, 2020.
Riders are welcome to camp and register on the night of July 12, 2020.
Click the button below to register!
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.
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. An additional 2-day Michigander option is Thurs. July 16 and Fri. July 17., which is staged in Frankfort. These days are for 2-dayers who want more of a challenge with one route being 66 miles long and the other being 47 miles long.
- 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 are now 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.