Fasten your helmets Detroit, because we have one of the most amazing events quickly approaching. That’s right, Tour de Troit is back and they are stronger than ever!
Tour de Troit is the city’s largest movement that inspires everyone to put on their gym gear and bring out their bikes. They hold the title of Michigan’s largest bike ride, consisting of more than 7,000 cyclists.
This is the 17th year making their way downtown and throughout southwest Detroit. With their groovy vibes and exciting energy, Tour de Troit has raised over $360,000 toward supporting non-motorized transportation and infrastructure. If you ask me, I’d say these cyclists most definitely are making a statement. Let’s take a look at how you can become a part of this wonderful tour.
On September 15, 2018 Tour de Troit will offer two bike rides to choose from: the Main and the Metric, both of which start and end at Roosevelt Park near Michigan Central Station.
The original Tour de Troit will be the Main ride, which begins at 9:00 a.m. and allows you to be more relaxed while riding with family and friends. While on the 25.6 mile journey, there will be police to escort riders, along with three mechanic pit stops and one rest stop. The rest stop comes with snacks to rejuvenate participants and keep them pumped.
If you would like more of a challenge, the Metric is the ride for you. At 62 miles long, this is for more experienced riders, and does not include a police escort. You must be able to ride approximately 15MPH to keep at a pace that will have you back at Roosevelt Park by 1:00 p.m. There will be two rest stops for this ride.
To sign up for the event, you can visit their website at Tour de Troit. Last minute registrations can be done Saturday morning but you must arrive between 7:00 a.m.- 8:45 a.m.
Driving to the event with your bike in tow? There will be parking at the MDOT Welcome Center which has a huge parking lot and you can park at the MGM Grand Casino on their 9th floor in the self-parking structure. (The hotel is not responsible for parking your car for this event). Handicap parking will be permitted on 14th Street next to Michigan Avenue. If you are able to find another parking spot, please make sure all valuable items are left at home or tucked away safely.
Tour de Troit has made it mandatory that riders wear their helmets and BIB at all times. The right gear is important so let’s not leave anything at home! For everyone’s safety, a great tip for the ride is to stay hydrated so bring your own water bottle which can be refilled as needed. Also, please note the bag restrictions. Organizers want to make sure no one is getting tangled and distracting fellow riders.
After riding 25 or 62 miles, you’re sure to work up an appetite. There will be six food lines waiting for participants and available on a first-come, first served basis. Some of the food onsite includes: Slows to Go chili, Paul’s Pizza veggie super slice, Gonella’s Italian subs, Organaman salad bowls, and Honeybee Market tamales, beans & rice.