Join the League of Michigan Bicyclists for a ride in Alpena, the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, and kindle a spirit of adventure. Cycle your choice of several routes of different lengths that will lead you past historic lighthouses and down forested roads. Enjoy a glass-bottom boat cruise to see some of the 200 shipwrecks lying just off the Lake Huron coast, kayak the beautiful inland waters of Thunder Bay River, and leave your worries behind as you relax in Alpena's peaceful downtown. The whole family will enjoy cycling and sightseeing during the Sunrise Adventure.
June 14-17, 2018
Variable Distances (20-60 mi. daily options)
Helmets are required every time a rider is on a bicycle
Riders must be able to ride 60+ miles a day. Days 2, 3, 5 & 6 have some steep climbs, otherwise, the terrain is rolling.
Riders must carry spare tubes and be able to change a flat
Riders must have at least one and preferably two water bottles on their bicycle
Riders must have a positive attitude at all times
Registration Base Fee *
$130, Adult - LMB Member
$150, Adult - Non-LMB Member
$55, 17 & Under
You asked and we listened! We are now offering a meal plan option for Sunrise for those who wish to eat in town. We've lowered the base price and added three meal plans to choose from.
Riders must secure their own lodging for this tour.
Visit www.alpenacvb.com for great local options, including camping. Alpena Community College is our host for meals and Rider Meetings but does not permit camping on their grounds.
Description (Subject to Change)
Check-in (2:00) Wine and Cheese Party (6:00 - 8:00) Pre-Ride Rider's Meetings (7:00)
Hubbard Lake Area
Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show and Lighthouses
Thunder Bay River and Posen Area
The rider information guide contains detailed information regarding this and all LMB tours, including locations, terrain, requirements, cancellation policy, and more! Please review carefully before registering.
Alpena is a small, bustling city filled with friendly people and lots of things to see and do. In addition to three great days of cycling the local area, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy in your non-riding time.
Situated on Lake Huron's Thunder Bay, Alpena is a premier location for Great Lakes maritime heritage and recreation. Start your visit along the sunrise coast with a walk or ride along the 16-mile path winding through the city's plentiful public parks and beaches. Taste locally made wine at our country winery, enjoy hot coffee and conversation at a downtown cafe or dinner at a local saloon that once catered to rough and ready lumberjacks. Explore historic lighthouses by day or spend the night for a true taste of the life of a lighthouse keeper. Some of the best of Alpena lies offshore, so get out on the water for a Great Lakes fishing charter, take an afternoon sail aboard a tall ship, or grab some scuba gear and dive into history at one of the area's 200 shipwrecks. To explore a shipwreck without getting wet, head to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center where you will find interactive exhibits that explore the exciting maritime history, shipwrecks, and archaeology of the Great Lakes.
The bicycling and the many things to see and do in Alpena will provide memorable experiences for the whole family.
Thursday, June 14
Check-in for the Sunrise Tour this year will be at Alpena Community College between 2:00 and 6:00 pm.
After you have checked in and found your lodging accommodation, please take some time to explore downtown Alpena and the surrounding area. Be sure to join us back at the museum for the Wine and Cheese reception and Rider Meeting.
Please plan to attend the Pre-Ride Riders Meeting held at 7:00 pm. We will orient everyone about the next three days at these short meetings.The Wine and Cheese reception will be held at the Maritime Heritage Center, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Friday, June 15
The Sunrise weekend will begin with spectacular views of the Sunrise for those getting up early enough. After a hearty breakfast at Alpena Community College, we will be on the road to the Hubbard Lake area. The college will be our home base for the next three days.
Hubbard Lake is the 12th largest inland lake in Michigan. The area boasts many places to fuel up and to have lunch. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery as you circle the lake. At the top of Mt. Mariah you will have a spectacular view of Hubbard Lake and the surrounding area. To celebrate reaching the top we will have a watermelon stop.
After leaving Hubbard Lake you will pass through Amish country as you head for Ossineke, a quaint village with family fun for all seasons. Ossineke has sandy beaches along Lake Huron which are excellent for swimming.
From Ossineke you will ride on the wide shoulders of US 23 as you hug the coast of Lake Huron back into Alpena. You will cross the 45th Parallel (half way between the Equator and the North Pole), which is always a good picture taking the opportunity. The route through Alpena will take you through downtown before ending back at Alpena Community College.
Saturday, June 16
All three routes today will take you to Presque Isle Harbor on Lake Huron. At the Harbor, you can stop and see the 21st Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show with dozens of authentic vintage wooden boats on display along with an arts and crafts show.
Down the road are the New Presque Isle Lighthouse, keeper's house, and gift shop. There is plenty of maritime history to keep those aficionados interested. The picnic area is an ideal setting to stop and have a snack.
The real attraction for the day may be the Maplewood Tavern? This is part-tavern and part-museum. It is the home of the Guinness World Record's longest-serving bartender, 96-year-old Clarice Grenkowicz. She has been the primary bartender at the tavern for 75 years. This will be the site of a SAG stop for the long route and the starting point for the medium route, so you can experience it either on the way out or the way back. But don't miss it!Just a short ride from the Harbor you will find the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse and have an opportunity to tour the light keeper's cabin and climb the old light tower. It has a reputation for being haunted...so they say.
Sunday, June 17
We will start off Sunday with a group start to celebrate a great weekend of bicycling as we parade out of Alpena along the Thunder Bay River.
Our route will allow us to enjoy the beauty of the Thunder Bay River as we head westward. We will then head north to Posen, before heading back to Alpena. Posen is the "Potato Capital of Michigan" and its rich farmlands and rolling woods provide an excellent backdrop for a bike ride.
As we conclude our ride it will be time to say goodbye to old friends and new ones we made this weekend.
As you pack up your gear and head home you will understand why the Sunrise Coast is a wonderful place to visit and experience year after year
Wine and cheese reception
Three loop tours
Marked routes w/ maps
T-shirt (performance T upgrade available)
Breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday included
Dinner on Friday and Saturday included
Things to Do and Places to Explore while you're here... Beautiful Alpena Welcomes YOU!