Michigander Bicycle Tour routes through Reed City

OSCEOLA COUNTY — Cyclists will stay the night on Saturday, July 12, at Reed City High School to rest for the second day of the 23rd annual Michigander True North Bicycle Tour.

Registration began for the event in January.

The two, six, and seven-day tours run until July 18. This year’s routes will go through Reed City, Mesick, Frankfort, Traverse City, Cadillac and Leland.

Rated as one of the top bicycle tours in the U.S., Michigander participants can expect to ride between 30 and 60 scenic miles per day. Each tour includes camping accommodations, two meals per day, shuttle service for luggage, private showers, water stops and family-fun entertainment.

The family-friendly two-day tour takes off in Farwell on the paved Pere Marquette trail while the six and seventh-day ride continues to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, Betsie Valley Rail Trail, Sleepy Bear Heritage Trail, Leelanau Trail and TART Trail.

The vibrant sunsets and sandy beaches of Lake Michigan allow riders a pure Michigan experience unlike any other.

“From beginners to experienced riders, the Michigander gives friends, families and the biking community an opportunity to reconnect, ride and experience the best of a Michigan summer up north,” said Nancy Krupiarz, executive director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, in a press release.

During its 23 years of operation, the tour has been a success statewide. Last year, more than 770 riders participated in the tour; almost 120 of them were from 23 other states.

Barry Culham, assistant director of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, encourages all riders to experience the trails.

“It’s going to be a fun time,” Culham said. “If it’s something that you haven’t done before then perhaps you should look into it this year.”

All proceeds of the ride benefit the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance in their efforts to connect Michigan through a statewide system of trails.

Some of these future projects to help connect the state trails include the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails and the I-275 Metro Trail. For more information, visit michigantrails.org.