Across State Bicycle Tours: Michigan – Minnesota – Mississippi

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League of Michigan Bicyclists is offering a series of Shoreline Bicycle Tours in 2015. 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 18-21, 2015.

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Tour (MUP) – Starts at St. Igance/Mackinac Island with overnights in Newberry, Paradise, Sault Ste. Marie, Paradis and De Tour Village. Dates: July 12-18, 2015.

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. 1-8, 2015.

Pedal and Paddle – Three days of bike riding based in Three Rivers.Dates: Sept. 18-20, 2015.

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 7-17, 2015.

Pedal Across Lower Michigan uses scenic, paved roads ideal for beginning and intermediate cyclists; very kid friendly and ideal for families. Starts in Bridgman and ends at Sterling State Park with overnights in Dowagiac, Three Rivers, Coldwater, Hudson, Dundee and Monroe. Daily mileages range between 35 to 60 miles, with longer options for those who want the challenge. Dates: June 20-26, 2015.

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 11- 12, 2015 or July 13-18, 2015.

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. 27-Aug. 30, 2015; 5-Day: Aug. 26- Aug. 30, 2015. See the website for registration beginning Feb. 14, 2015..

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. 12-19, 2015.


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 12-18, 2015.

MS 150 Bike Tours — Six different bike rides to raise funds for the Upper Midwest Chapter of the National MS Society. Check the website for: Sam’s Club Twin Cities Ride, CH Robinson MS 150 Ride, TRAM Ride, CH Robinson Cruise the Cornfields, Sanford Health Ride the Wind and Sanford Health Pedal the Plains.  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 16-19, 2015.

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: Aug. 13-16, 2015.


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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