Tour de Troit Bike Ride Returns With New Route

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Tour de Troit; Tour Detroit; Detroit; Michigan Central Station; Corktown; bicycle; Belle Isle

Tour de Troit veterans may have been able to race the route with their eyes closed, but that’s about to change. The 14th annual Tour de Troit will return on September 19 with a route that’s sure to keep riders’ eyes open.

“As the Tour de Troit presented by Flagstar Bank continues to expand each year, we’re thrilled to give riders a different view of the city with a brand new route,” said Vittoria Katanski, director, Tour de Troit. “This is Michigan’s largest cycling ride and we’re proud to bring the community together and help support biking infrastructure in the city of Detroit.”

One of Michigan’s most anticipated cycling rides of the year will start and end in the shadow of Michigan Central Station and pass through many of the city’s iconic neighborhoods.

2015 Tour de Troit map. Click for high-res version.
2015 Tour de Troit map. Click here for high-res pdf version.

The ride will start at 9 a.m. at Roosevelt Park, 2200 Michigan Ave. in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. From there, the new route will pass by Detroit landmarks, including Boston Edison, the Packard Plant, Indian Village, West Village, and Belle Isle.

Advanced riders should plan to be at the starting line early. The 62-mile metric century ride will start between 7 and 8:30 a.m.

Registration

If you’re planning on registering for the Tour de Troit, you best do it soon. The cost for the 30-mile ride is $50 until August 31. From September 1-10, the price jumps to $60, and it jumps again to $70 at packet pick-up September 13-18.

The cost for the metric century ride is $60 until registration sells out. You can register for both rides at www.tour-de-troit.org. All rides are sweeper and SAG supported. The 30-mile ride also includes a police escort.

Funds raised from the Tour de Troit have helped develop over 17 miles of bike lanes as part of the Southwest Detroit Greenlink.

Sweepstakes

This is the last week to enter the Trails and Tours Sweepstakes, so head to www.flagstar.com/tourdetroit to enter. Your entry must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 31. Three lucky winners will receive one of three prizes:

  • “Bike & Brew Weekend” for two in Traverse City, valued up to $850
  • “Cycle the Vineyards” bike tour for two in Grand Traverse, valued up to $700
  • “Weekend in Detroit” bike for two, valued up to $500

Winners of the sweepstakes will be announced at Roosevelt Park at the conclusion of the ride.

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