Michigander Bike Tour rolls through Reed City

REED CITY — Bicyclists from all over the state peddled through Reed City this weekend as part of the annual Michigander Bike Tour.

The tour, hosted by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting and preserving Michigan’s biking and hiking trails, had 682 registered participants in its 23rd year.

Each year the tour changes routes, with participants traveling throughout the state as part of the two-day, six-day or seven-day event.

The last time the tour rolled through Reed City was five years ago, said Barry Culham, tour coordinator.

“Reed City is always so welcoming and we love coming back here,” Culham said. “With the constant change in route, we don’t get to Reed City often, but it’s a great place. It’s so nice going somewhere where the local people are happy to see you.”

Participants of the tour camped overnight at Reed City High School, and were offered a concert performance as entertainment and an ice cream sundae bar.

Anne Grofvert and Dennis Pace, of Diamondale, were riding in the Michigander for the fifth time, taking along their grandson, Parker Pace, for his third time.

Grofvert and Pace were excited to be back in Reed City for this year’s tour and enjoyed the White Pine Trail.

“It’s one of the prettiest pieces of trail we’ve rode on in a while,” Grofvert said. “This tour provides us a great opportunity to meet new people and see great little towns like Reed City.”

Those who biked for two days traveled from Farwell to Reed City on Saturday, and rode back to Farewell the next day. Those who choose to bike for six days checked in at Reed City before beginning the tour and making their way to Mesick.