Old Town, Lansing, MI — The 29th Annual Michigander will take place July 13-18 on the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsulas, showcasing Lake Michigan and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore as it travels through the towns of Traverse City, Suttons Bay, Frankfort, Empire, Glen Arbor, Thompsonsville and Lake Ann.
The classic cycling vacation is presented by the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, which is offering a one, two, four or six-day tour option. The 29th Michigander will bring riders to “The best place to travel in the world in 2020” as dubbed by international travel expert TripSavvy. The travel organization ranked Michigan #14 as “The best for outdoor enthusiasts” citing hiking the Sleeping Bear Dunes as their first recommendation.
Michigander participants can enjoy the Dune Climb and help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the tour. Riders will enjoy amazing vistas throughtout the national lakeshore as they travel along M-22 and the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail. The region is known for its scenery; majestic dunes and Great Lakes beaches, lighthouses, inland lakes, virgin white pines and award-winning vineyards.
The verdant, rolling landscapes of the region and tour offers challenging terrain as riders travel from Traverse City to Frankfort. Riders will enjoy camping at these picturesque beach towns as they also explore the Leelanau and Betsie Valley Trails. Routes along the tour are mostly on paved trails and roads, with some aggregate trail and connecting backroads.
The 2-Day Michigander is designed to be a casual, easy ride of about 40 miles each day. The 6-day tour moves upwards of 45-65 miles a day, with camp moving to just two featured locations to allow more time to explore. Catered breakfast and dinner buffets are provided daily along with SAG (support and gear) stops and medical support. The tour travels with its own chef, barista and tenting services.
“The 2-day Michigander Bicycle Tour is perfect for families who seek an active vacation,” said Andrea LaFontaine, Executive Director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “We are excited to offer families a choice of a 2-day tour in the Frankfort or Traverse City area this year. These Lake Michigan cities provide the perfect getaway and opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful scenery our state has to offer.”
Participants can look forward to taking in historic and cultural sites along the tour, including a visit to DeYoung Natural Area, three lighthouses, Traverse City Commons, Crystal Mountain and St. Ambrose Cellars. To learn more or register for the Michigander Bicycle Tour visit www.michigander.bike.
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is the statewide voice for nonmotorized trail users, helping people build, connect and promote trails for a healthier and more prosperous Michigan. For more information, visit www.michigantrails.org or find us on Facebook under Michigander Bicycle Tour and Michigan Trails.