Howard’s Friend Bike Ride, Pere Marquette Rail Trail – Sat. May 1, 2021 7:30am registration, start 8:30am, end 4:00pm. This is a family friendly ride event to honor the memory Howard “Putter” Schoenherr and raise funds for the Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. The ride starts In Midland and riders have the option to go 5, 10, 20, 40 or 60 miles. Learn more at www.howardsfriendbikeride.com
Do It For Dan Memorial Ride 2021, Brighton – Sun. May 2, 2021 3:00 p.m. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/doitfordanride
Ride of Silence, MSU – May 19, 2021 6:30 p.m. with event staging beginning at 5:15. The free event honors injured and killed cyclists. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/476718623306634
Foreshore Adventure Run – May 22, 2021, Pere Marquette Beach. The run will feature many new trails through various terrains, including wooded, dunes, grass, sandy areas, and watercourse barriers The 25 obstacles vary from crawling under tires, swinging through water hazards, running through beach balls, and ending with a 50-foot waterslide! For more information, visit www.foreshore.org
National Trails Day – June 5
Spring Wildflower Identification Hike – Six Rivers Land Conservancy, Anchor Bay Woods Preserve in New Baltimore on June 5 1:00-3:00 p.m. Join Ian Ableson, in-house naturalist in hiking the preserve and identifying several wildflowers. Register by emailing your name(s) to , or call (248) 601-2816.
Canyon Falls Hike – North Country Trail, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time. The Peter Wolfe Chapter (PWC) of the North Country Trail (NCT) Association invites you to a hike on the NCT in celebration of National Trails Day (weekend)! The hike will start from the Canyon Falls rest area parking lot on US 41, south of L’Anse. We will hike west 2 miles, past Canyon Falls along the Sturgeon River to the Plumbago Creek Bridge. This is a mostly level trail with a few small ups and downs with some narrow or rocky places. Call Mark Roberts at 906-482-3092 or text at 906-281-2754 or if you have questions.
I Bike Lake, MI, Pere Marquette State Trail, Saturday, June 12, 2021 8:00 a.m. (Registration opens at 7:30). This is a family-friendly ride with 20, 30 and 50 mile ride options. All rides begin and end at the Lake Station Trailhead. Look for the big red caboose! Learn more at www.clarecountyrecreation.org/our-activities.html
Summer Tour 2021, Tri-County Bicycle Association, July 14-18, 2021, This year’s family-friendly five-day bicycle tour features routes on roads, the paved Pere Marquette Trail and the White Pine Trail as well as the dirt Cadillac Pathways (if you are interested in dirt trail riding), all from the convenience of a single camping location, Veteran’s Memorial Park Campground in Marion, MI. Learn more at https://www.biketcba.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=604795&module_id=224962
Tour Da U.P. Eh, August 6-15, 2021. Over 95% of our route is off main highways, leaving you with beautiful, wide open roads to enjoy. Only a few miles out of the 1,200 are on gravel and you can ride a road bike the entire time. Several 1-3 day options available. Learn more at https://www.tourdayoopeh.com/course-info/
IRONMAN 70.3 Michigan, September 12, 2021. Known for its spectacular sunsets, unbelievable views from the pier and charming life on Main Street, Frankfort is an uncharted resort town that offers a perfect beach getaway for visitors of all ages. Visit https://www.ironman.com/im703-michigan to learn more and to register.
MSU Gran Fondo, September 18, 2021, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Join us at the MSU Gran Fondo in the ride against skin cancer. Cyclists of all skill levels can ride along scenic 8-10, 25, 40 or 80-mile routes from downtown Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan with gourmet food stops and a Finish Line Festival. COVID-19 safety protocols will follow MDHHS and university guidelines. Hosted by MSU College of Human Medicine, start at 130 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Learn more at granfondo.msu.edu.
DIY Trails Events…
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.
- Volunteer at your local shelter to walk dogs in need.
- 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.