Michigander Bicycle Tour 2020

“One of the top 10 multi-day rides in America” – Bicycling Magazine

Tour the Two Peninsulas and the Land of Delight.

Explore Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Crystal Mountain and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Tour dates: July 13-18, 2020



The 29th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour will take place July 13-18 along Lake Michigan, allowing participants to ride their choice of 1-6 days. This tour showcases Lake Michigan, TART Trails, and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park as it travels to Traverse City, Old Mission Peninsula, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Thompsonville, and Glen Arbor. Riders will enjoy picturesque views of Lake Michigan as they travel along the Leelanau Trail, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, and Betsie Valley Trail.

Leelanau County is known as the Land of Delight, for its beautiful protected lands, waterways, and coastlines. The featured Leelanau Trail travels from Traverse City to Suttons Bay. The tour also features the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, which extends from Empire to Glen Arbor, and the Betsie Valley Trail, which connects Frankfort and Thompsonville.

The tour offers a choice between a 1 to 6-day ride. All routes are paved with a combination of road and trail.



  • Day 1 – Travel from Traverse City to the tip of Old Mission Peninsula
  • Day 2 – Travel from Traverse City to Suttons Bay on the Leelanau Trail
  • Day 3 – Travel from Traverse City to Frankfort
  • Day 4 – Travel from Frankfort to Glen Arbor on the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail
  • Day 5 – Travel from Frankfort to Thompsonville on the Bestie Valley Trail
  • Day 6 – Travel from Frankfort back to Traverse City

*Please note that these are subject to change


What’s Included

  • Camping
  • Catered breakfasts and dinners
  • Gourmet morning coffee
  • SAG Support
  • Full medical team
  • Baggage transport
  • Cell phone charging stations
  • A team of volunteers to support you during the ride
  • Free bus to take riders from the Civic Center to downtown Traverse City

Additional Fee-Based Amenities

  • Mobile bike repair and maintenance
  • Massage therapist

Sponsorship Opportunities

Check back soon to support the work of Michigan Trails as a Michigander Sponsor.


2020 Michigander Routes

Mileage Along Routes

Mileage may vary as routes are finalized and approved, current tour is 288 miles with the following breakdowns:

  • Day 1: 42 miles
  • Day 2: 47 miles, possible century ride
  • Day 3: 45 miles
  • Day 4: 66 miles
  • Day 5: 47 miles
  • Day 6: 41 miles

Notable Deadlines

Registration is open! Click here to register. 

Check back next week for a paper registration form and its deadline.