Across State Bicycle Tours: Michigan – Minnesota – Mississippi

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League of Michigan Bicyclists is offering a series of Shoreline Bicycle Tours in 2016. 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 16-19, 2016.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Tour (MUP) – Starts at St. Igance/Mackinac Island with overnights in Newberry, Paradise, Sault Ste. Marie, Paradise and De Tour Village. Dates: July 10-16, 2016.

Shoreline West Bicycle Tour – Three-day or 7-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. 6-13, 2016.

Pedal and Paddle – Three days of bike riding based in Three Rivers.Dates: Sept. 16-18, 2016.

Great Lakes  — A self-contained bicycle tour from Petoskey to the top of the Lower Peninsula, then across the Mackinac Bridge. Covers 356 miles. Presented by nonprofit Adventure Cycling Association. Dates: June 10-20, 2016.

Pedal Across Lower Michigan uses scenic, paved roads ideal for beginning and intermediate cyclists; very kid friendly and ideal for families. Begins in Pentwater with overnights in White Hall, Whitewater, Evart, Gladwin, Hale and Oscoda. Daily mileages range between 35 to 60 miles, with longer options for those who want the challenge. Dates: June 18-24, 2016.

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. Two-day and six-day options in 2015.  Sponsored by Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance. Dates: July 16-23, 2016.

Tour da UP A 5-day bike tour of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula starting in St. Ignace. The bike ride is a fund-raiser for Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan and will benefit the abused and neglected youth. The tour is fully supported with food, equipment transportation and mechanical support. Side excursions are scheduled along the route. Dates – Aug. 7 – 11, 2016.

One Day Ride Across Michigan (ODRAM) This one-day bike ride covers 145 miles from Montague to Lake City across the mid-section of Michigan. Finishing party on the shores of Lake Huron. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride to Cure Program. Date – Aug. 13, 2016.

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 Mackinaw Bridge. Limited to about 1,900 riders. Sponsored by the Tri-County Bicycle Association. Dates: 4-Day: Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2016;  See the website for registration beginning Feb. 14, 2016.


Habitat 500 bike ride is a fund-raiser for the Habitat for Humanity Minnesota. The Habitat 500-mile ride  celebrates its 23nd year in 2015. Check the website for details when they available. Dates: July 10-16, 2016.

MS 150 Bike Tours — Three different bike rides to raise funds for the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National MS Society. Check the website for: Twin Cities Bike Ride, May 7, 2016; C.H. Robinson MS 150 Ride, June 10, 2016; TRAM Ride, July 20, 2016.

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 21-24, 2016.

Bicycling Around Minnesota visits the southern lakes region of the state. Host cities are announced when registration opens on Jan. 27, 2015. Register early — limited to 275 riders. Dates: August


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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  1. Cheryl Sina

    Highly recommend the Tour Da UP – great ride, great people – awesome cause!

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