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30th Annual Shoreline West Bicycle Tour

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August 6-13, 2016

Celebrate 30 years of traveling spectacular Lake Michigan during the 2016 Shoreline West Bicycle Tour, August 6-13. Join League of Michigan Bicyclists and mark this momentous anniversary. Be a part of an unforgettable three- or seven-day vacation with tree-lined roadways and waterfront views. Enjoy local wineries, brewpubs, farmer's markets, crystal-clear lakes, historic resort towns, the iconic Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and, of course, 30th Anniversary surprises scheduled throughout the tour! This fully supported route begins in Montague and ends at the head of the world-famous Mackinac Bridge. Come see why the west side of Michigan has been heralded as a must-cycle destination for riders of all ages.

Dates August 6-13, 2016
Mileage 7 day = ~386 miles
3 day = ~159 miles
Riders 500

Fees
(3-Day)*

Traverse City
to Mackinaw City

$255, Adult - LMB Member
$275 Adult - Non LMB Member
$175, 17 & Under
$115 Non Rider/Private SAGs
(Check Rider Information PDF for more information and guidelines for Private SAGs)



NOTE:
Registration is now Full. Additional spots may open up, however, depending on cancelations. To put yourself on a wait list, please email your complete contact details along with the number of spots you are interested in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (517) 334-9100.

Limited spots are still available on our MUP Tour. Please consider riding with us in Michigan's magical Upper 
Peninsula in July.

If you are still interested in pre ordering a West jersey, please contact the LMB office.


*Listed prices increase $25 on July 1

(7-Day)*
Montague
to Mackinaw City

 

 
$380, Adult - LMB Member
$400, Adult - Non LMB Member
$265, 17 & Under
$245 Non Rider/Private SAGs
(Check Rider Information PDF for more information and guidelines for Private SAGs)


Registration is now Full. Additional spots may open up, however, depending on cancelations. To put yourself on a wait list, please email your complete contact details along with the number of spots you are interested in to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call (517) 334-9100.

Limited spots are still available on our MUP Tour. Please consider riding with us in Michigan's magical Upper Peninsula in July.

If you are still interested in pre ordering a West jersey, please contact the LMB office.


*Listed prices increase $25 on July 1
Bussing Options


$65 Pre Tour Bus - Aug. 6 from Mackinaw City to Montague

$65 Post Tour Bus
 - Aug. 13 from Mackinaw City to Traverse City and Montague. (Note: Post Tour Bus riders will NOT have time to go to Mackinac Island...please select the Pre Tour bus or arrange your own transportation if you plan to visit the Island.
Optional Discounted 
Mackinac Island Ferry Tickets 

Visit Mackinac Island at the conclusion of the tour. Please note that you cannot take the post tour bus AND visit the Mackinac Island.

$22 for a ticket for you to go to the Island.

$8 for a ticket for your bike to go with you.

Note: Tandems must purchase 2 tickets.

Optional Jersey $75 Preorder (10% discount)
(limited quantities available at event)
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 Requirements:

  • Helmets are required
  • 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

The Rider Information Booklet contains answers to most of your questions, please review carefully.

 

Questions? Send us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


BubbaBubba's Pampered Pedalers
Services include tent (set up and take down), air mattress, bath towels, baggage transportation and much more. Check out Bubba's site for more information and to sign up to be PAMPERED  


Itinerary: 

Day Date Description
(subject to change)
Mileage
Saturday
 8/6/16 Montague Check-In
Bus from Mackinaw City to Montague
Optional ride
(no SAG support)
Sunday
  8/7/16 to Ludington 60
Monday
  8/8/16 to Frankfort 64
Tuesday
  8/9/16 to Traverse City 62
Wednesday
  8/10/16 Lay Over in Traverse City - Old Mission Peninsula Ride
Check-In for 3-Day
30th Anniversary Reception
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Thursday
  8/11/16 to Charlevoix 59
Friday
  8/12/16 to Harbor Springs 57
Saturday
  8/13/16 to Mackinaw City
Bus returns to Montague at 2:30 pm
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"I love Michigan, I love to ride my bike, and this tour was like a trip back in time to the childhood places I knew and loved. I really enjoyed meeting so many people from all over...that might be the best part of the trip!"
B. Flannery – 2015 tour participant

"I love the beautiful route! I love that there are too many things to do each day. I LOVE the wonderful, helpful staff and volunteers! I love the maps and daily information sheets. Loved all of the fruit and vegetables offered with the meals. I've done numerous state rides over the years and while they all have something to offer, this is my all-time favorite ride."
J. Grey – 2015 tour participant

"It goes through a beautiful part of the state; wonderful to meet so many people from out of state and fun to "show off" Michigan. Makes me proud to be a Michigander. I like large group rides, and I like the energy it generates."
D. Sherman – 2015 tour participant

"Not being familiar with Michigan, I enjoyed seeing the beautiful countryside and becoming acquainted with the charming towns along the route. Specifically, I enjoyed the miles of Michigan's respect for keeping the countryside trash-free. The spectacularly crystal-clear lake water was stunning, and being an avid swimmer, I made sure that I took time out from bicycle riding to get some laps in! I also enjoyed meeting so many nice bicyclists who participated in the ride. One of the most incredible highlights of the ride were the long-term volunteers who were the backbone of the tour."
J. Dvorak – 2015 tour participant
  
General Description (Route subject to change):  

Saturday, August 6: Check In at Montague
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After you're settled in and your tent is put up, feel free to goof off at the beach at Duck Lake Channel where you can swim in the warmer water of Duck Lake or take a refreshing dip in Lake Michigan. You can also visit the White River Lighthouse and Museum. You can check out the world's largest weathervane in downtown Montague. If you are interested in taking a little pre-tour ride, we will supply you with the necessary map.



We will be serving you dinner on Saturday night. Following dinner, we will be holding our Welcome Riders Meeting, at 7:00 pm.



Sunday, August 7: Montague to Ludington (59 miles)


Today's route passes Little Sable Point Lighthouse, established in 1874, it is one of cthe oldest brick lighthouses in the Great Lakes System.
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Before entering Silver Lake, you will pass one of our favorite sites, The Cherry Market, where you can get a great cup of coffee and a cherry turnover.




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SILVER LAKE offers you the chance to explore the dunes on one of the several dune rides that are offered in SILVER LAKE.


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You will find PENTWATER a bustling town, and an excellent location for lunch. Mears State Park is at the north end of town and offers additional access to Lake Michigan. Swimming is great at Summit Township Park also.


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Consumer Energy Pump Storage Facility offers an impressive overlook and information on how a pumped-storage-plant works. Walk to the top for a more impressive view of Michigan's coastline.


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The Waterfront Walkway in LUDINGTON extends from Waterfront Park, to Stearns Park. At Waterfront Park there is a wonderful Sculpture Park depicting local history. At approximately 7 pm you can watch the SS Badger dock. There is also the beautiful beach and Ludington State Park.



Monday, August 8: Ludington to Frankfort (64 miles)

2014ManisteeBy now you are ready to experience some of our varied terrain. Today's ride offers a few strenuous climbs that reward you with awesome panoramic views. You will also pass through charming towns, such as MANISTEE and ONEKAMA, with their own unique character and strong Michigan history.   The Manistee North Pierhead Light was established in 1927, and is still active today.

 

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Today's featured climb is Arcadia Hill (aka Watermelon Hill). You will be rewarded at the top with watermelon. The hill has a 12% grade for 1/2 mile. This is the middle hill of three hills that are lovingly referred to as the three sisters. The other two are longer and not as steep, but the views are spectacular at the top of each.

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As your route descends into FRANKFORT, you will find a town that is easy to walk to from our overnight school, interesting stores, and a beautiful beach to watch the setting sun.

 



Tuesday, August 9: Frankfort to Traverse City (62 miles)

Today you will ride through the beautiful Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore area. The rolling hills take you past coastal dunes and clear lakes, dense beech-maple forest and bluffs as high as 480-feet above Lake Michigan.

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Point Betsie Lighthouse was established in 1858 as a round/integral brick structure with attached quarters. The light is still active and stands 37 feet tall. The Coast Guard used Point Betsie as a residence until 1996.

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A popular place to stop for refreshments and maybe even a little canoe/kayak/float is at Riverside Canoe Trips.


2014DuneClimbNative Americans say that Manitou, the Great Spirit, placed a mound of sand where Mother Bear died waiting for her cubs after fleeing a huge Wisconsin forest fire. Hike the Empire Bluffs Trail to overlook Lake Michigan. You will be beautifully rewarded for this hike. The North and South Manitou Islands just off shore are located where the cubs perished.

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2014PhilHillAfter you leave the Glen Lake area you will pass through the peaceful rural farming area west of TRAVERSE CITY. Climbs in and out of these farming valleys will be rewarded with a long downhill into TRAVERSE CITY.



The Traverse Bay area is one of the top vacation areas in the Midwest.

3-Day riders have the option to check-in early (see registration form for details).






Wednesday, August 10: Lay Over Day in Traverse City
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Today is your day to do as you please. We will be staying over in Traverse City for you to enjoy the many activities that you can do in the Traverse Bay area.

Wake-up and take a ride up the Old Mission Peninsula (approximately 40 miles) that separates East and West Grand Traverse bays, venture to the end to see the Old Mission Lighthouse, established in 1870 and deactivated in 1933.

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We will have an "optional" Quilt Barn Tour, otherwise riding today is on your own. The peninsula is famous for its beautiful homes, cherry orchards and wineries.

After taking your morning ride, you can take a nap, go swimming, walk downtown for shopping in Traverse City historical downtown, go kayaking or even take an evening cruise on a tall-ship. All things are possible in Traverse City. We will provide breakfast this morning, but lunch and dinner will be on your own. We encourage you to experience the fine eating establishments in Traverse City.

Watch for more information coming soon about a special 30th celebration in downtown TC!



 Thursday, August 11: Traverse City to Charlevoix (60 miles)


2014ElkRapidsThere are many photo ops on the way today as you pass orchards and fields of sunflowers as you ride towards ELK RAPIDS, another charming Northern Michigan village on Lake Michigan.


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Today is the day to experience the Sunflower Fields between TRAVERSE CITY and ELK RAPIDS.




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We will follow Torch Lake out of ELK RAPIDS on our way to CHARLEVOIX.

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In CHARLEVOIX enjoy the beautiful summer homes and blue-green waters along Lake Charlevoix. You can watch the boats go in and out of the channel in this harbor town. CHARLEVOIX is home to the world famous "mushroom houses."




 


Friday, August 12: Charlevoix to Harbor Springs (56 miles)

2014SpiritToday is "Spirit Day." Wear your college jersey, club jersey, favorite ride jersey, business jersey or any jersey you want.

From CHARLEVOIX we have four different route options.



You can take the Little Traverse Wheelway into PETOSKEY then on up to HARBOR SPRINGS. This route provides spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

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Or you can take the Ironton Ferry and follow the south shore of Lake Charlevoix through BOYNE CITY and on to HARBOR SPRINGS. The short ride on the ferry is an experience you will want to have if you have never been on a ferry before.




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Or for those wanting the most miles you can go through East Jordan and up through BOYNE CITY and on to HARBOR SPRINGS. For those really wanting to test themselves you there is an additional option to ride the famous "Wall" just outside of EAST JORDAN.

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BOYNE CITY is a wonderful community nestled between Lake Charlevoix and the rolling hills to follow. It is worth exploring and enjoying a lunch break.


2014HarbSprgThe ride along Beach Drive to HARBOR SPRINGS will take you past some wonderful summer homes. HARBOR SPRINGS hosts a wonderful combination of good restaurants, tasteful art galleries, interesting architecture, a large marina and a bike shop.






Saturday, August 13: Harbor Springs to Mackinaw City (41 miles)
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You will ride for 20 miles through one of Michigan's most scenic drives, the historic and protected "Tunnel of the Trees."

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CROSS VILLAGE has the historic Leggs Inn. Look at the gardens and view of lighthouses and islands in back.

 

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When you see the towers of the Mackinac Bridge peeking above the trees you know you are close to your destination.
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Enjoy the last few miles as you complete your trip to MACKINAW CITY.

If you are riding the bus back to Montague or Traverse City you will not have enough time to experience Mackinac Island. The bus back to TRAVERSE CITY and MONTAGUE will leave  at 2 pm SHARP!



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  • Great sugar sand beaches
  • Scenic orchards and farms
  • Historic Lake Michigan lighthouses
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Tunnel of Trees
  • Marked Routes w/ Maps
  • SAG & Mechanic Support
  • Showers
  • Gear Transport
  • Rider gifts
  • T-shirt (Performance T upgrade available)
  • Breakfast and Dinner
  • Optional Massage Service
  • Optional Bus Transportation
  • Optional Jersey



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