Get ready to put the pedal to the metal at the 2016 Tour de Troit Ride (TDT), a bike ride that showcases the city’s historic sights, while giving cyclists the chance to take over the streets of Detroit.
Now in its 15th year, the Tour de Troit is the largest bike ride in Michigan, with over 7,000 cyclists at the 2015 race and an anticipated 6,000+ riders this year.
The event is held on September 17 and is jam-packed with new and exciting offers that you don’t want to miss. Hit the brakes and lock it in for all the information you need to register and ride.
On Your Left!
On your marks… get set…go!
The Tour de Troit bikers are off to the races at Roosevelt Park in Corktown. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the race runs 30 miles, jetting through various neighborhoods in the area and ending at Roosevelt Park. Don’t worry about getting lost: police escorts will be leading the race! Make sure to get your ticket to ride on the TDT website. Now through September 9, the 30-mile race is $60. September 10 – September 17, the cost is $70.
Looking for a challenge? Check out the 62-mile metric century ride. This ride is for the advanced riders only, with a minimum requirement of a 15 mile-per-hour pace. Racers in this ride must also be comfortable with navigating the streets of Detroit, as there is no police escort. This race kicks off between 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Tickets cost $60 and sell out at 500 riders.
Included in the price of the ticket, racers will receive pre-ride carbs and coffee, a t-shirt, and a rest stop snack and beverage. New this year, racers will also receive a complimentary, post-ride food and drink ticket. If you wish to purchase extra beverage and food tickets check out the website; tickets start at $5 a piece. You can also purchase extra tickets on site at the race.
Just a few rules of the road before you hit the streets: Bags with shoulder straps, panniers, or bags that hang off the side of your bike are strictly prohibited due to safety concerns. For information on bag regulation, check out the website.
As the city’s largest cycling event, the Tour de Troit seeks to promote a healthy lifestyle through bicycling and bicycle safety education. Additionally, TDT hopes to raise awareness on biking as a mode of transportation, “growing the greenway network” in the city of Detroit.
That’s the purpose of the race: to promote all the benefits of biking. However, keep in mind that while the race is fun and educating, it is still athletic. Make sure you uphold proper maintenance on your bike and feel comfortable riding through the race. Be sure to wear your helmet!
The ride starts and finishes at Roosevelt Park near the Michigan Central Station, located at the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Fourteenth St. in Corktown. Check out the TDT website for tips on finding free parking.