Across State Bicycle Tours: Michigan – Minnesota – Mississippi

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League of Michigan Bicyclists is offering a series of Shoreline Bicycle Tours in 2014. See details on all the rides at the League of Michigan Bicyclists website.

Sunrise Adventure — Northeast Michigan along Lake Huron. 165 miles; 150 bicyclists. Dates: June 20-22, 2014.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Tour (MUP) – Starts at St. Igance/Mackinac Island with overnights in De Tour Village, Sault Ste. Marie, Paradis and Newberry. Dates: July 13-19, 2014.

Shoreline West Bicycle Tour – Three-day or 6-day options cover 160 or 385 miles; maximum 500 cyclists. Starts in Montague with overnights in Ludington, Frankfort, Traverse City, Charlevoix, and Harbor Springs. Dates: Aug. 3-9, 2014.

Pedal and Paddle – Three days of bike riding based in Three Rivers.Dates: May 16-18, 2014.

Great Lakes – Inn-to-Inn – Although cyclists will have to carry their own gear on this self-supported bicycle tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they can travel light because nights and meals are spent indoors. This loop ride from Petoskey covers 356 miles. Presented by nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: June 14-24, 2014.

Pedal Across Lower Michigan uses scenic, paved roads ideal for beginning and intermediate cyclists; very kid friendly and ideal for families. Starts in Norton Shores with overnights in Grandville, Lake Odessa, Dansville, Manchester, and Petersburg before ending in Luna Pier. Daily mileages range between 35 to 60 miles, with longer options for those who want the challenge. Dates: June 21-27, 2014.

Michigander Bicycle Tour — An ideal ride for mountain and hybrid bikes on rails-to-trails riding (also includes route for roadies). Check website for route. Sponsored by Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance. Dates: July 12-18, 2014.

Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw Bicycle Tour (DALMAC) is a four- or five-day ride, covering 300 to 500 miles depending on which of the five routes riders choose. From East Lansing to (or over) the Machinaw Bridge. Limited to about 1,900 riders. Sponsored by the Tri-County Bicycle Association. Dates: 5-Day or Bridge Ride — Aug. 28 – Sept. 1, 2014. See the website for other options and directions.

Great Lakes Relaxed Fully supported bike tour begins and ends in Mackinaw City and explore the Upper Peninsula.. Presented by Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: Sept. 6-13, 2014.


Habitat 500 bike ride is a fund-raiser for the Habitat for Humanity Minnesota. The Habitat 500-mile ride  celebrates its 22nd year in 2014. Check the website for details when they available. Dates: July 13-19, 2014.

MS TRAM Bike Tour – The fund-raiser for the Minnesota chapter of the MS Society is a week-long supported bike ride from Pipestone to Welch Village. Check website for daily destination and accommodations. Dates: July 13-18, 2014.

Red Ribbon Ride — is a 300-mile bicycle tour fund-raiser for Minnesota AIDS service organizations; celebrating its 11th year in 2013. Starts at Mall of America in Bloomington, Belle Plaine, Mankato and Waconia with a closing ceremony at the state capitol is St. Paul. Dates: July 17-20, 2014.

Bicycling Around Minnesota visits the southern lakes region of the state. Host cities are announced when registration opens on Jan. 29, 2014. Register early — limited to 275 riders. Dates: Aug. 14-17, 2014.


At least three private companies offer bicycle tours, all of which include at least some riding on the Natchez Trace. Check out Classic Adventures, Woman Tours, Black Bear Adventures.


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