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Sunrise Adventure

sunrise2017June 15-18, 2017
Registration opens January 1st!

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.

Dates

June 15-18, 2017

Riders

175

Mileage

Variable Distances
(20-60 mi. daily options)

Registration Base Fee *



$130, Adult - LMB Member
$150, Adult - Non LMB Member
$55, 17 & Under
$35 Non Rider

*New in 2017: 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.

Listed prices increase $30 on May 1

Meal Plans

$75 - All Meals (5)
$45 - Breakfast Only (3)
$30 - Dinner Only (2)

 

NOTE: New in 2017

Our new shopping cart requires that you must add all items separately. Before checking out, be sure to add any desired tour options such as bussing, ferry tickets, jersey, donations, etc. using the "You May Also Like" feature or by clicking on the Tour Category.If you are not a member, be sure to add a membership to join/renew in order to take advantage of discounted pricing.

You may also now register multiple people with single payment. After adding the 1st registration to the shopping cart, revisit the form to submit new contact details. Use "Add to Cart Again" button to add the next person. Make sure all registrations are itemized at check out to ensure that you didn't just add a second registration under your name (i.e quantity 2).

 


Itinerary

Day
Date Description
(Subject to Change)
Mileage
(Approximate)
Thursday 6/15/17

Check-in (5:00)
Wine and Cheese Party (6:00 - 8:00)
Pre Ride Rider's Meetings (6:30 & 7:00)

 

Friday

6/16/17

Hubbard Lake Area

35-48-62 mi

Saturday 6/17/17 Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show
and Lighthouses

21-39-59 mi

Sunday

6/18/17

Thunder Bay River and Posen Area

27-34-50 mi


Riders must secure their own lodging.
Visit www.alpenacvb.com for great local options, including camping. Alpena Community College is used for meals and rider meet ups only and Does NOT permit camping on their grounds.

Requirements

  • Helmets are required
  • Riders must carry spare tubes and be able to change a flat
  • Riders must have at least one water bottle 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. Note: the Rider Information Booklet is still being updated for 2017...the 2016 information should still answer most of your questions, but take special note of date changes. 


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Description (Subject to Change)

Our host city, Alpena, is a bustling, small city filled with friendly people and offering lots to see and do. In addition to 3 glorious days of bicycling inthe Alpena area, there is much to do 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 bicycle along a 16-mile path winding through Alpena'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 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 off shore, 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 on 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. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or snorkeling.

The bicycling and the many things to see and do in Alpena will provide memorable experiences for the whole family.


S14WineCheeseThursday, June 15th

Check in for the Sunrise Tour this year will be at the Maritime Heritage Center NOAA between 5:00 and 9:00 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.

The Wine and Cheese reception will be held at the Maritime Heritage Center, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
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Please plan to attend one of the Pre-Ride Riders Meetings held at 6:30 and 7:00 pm. We will orient everyone about the next three days at these short meetings.
 
 

 

S14MtMariahFriday, June 16th

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.

S1445thAfter 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 opportunity. The route through Alpena will take you through downtown before ending back at Alpena Community College.


S14BoatShowSaturday, June 17th 

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.

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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 of being haunted...so they say.
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Down the road is 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.


S14BarThe 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!



Sunday-RideSunday, June 18th

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 farm lands and rolling woods provides an excellent backdrop for a bike ride.

Going-HomeAs we conclude our ride it will be time to say good-bye 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.

 


covered-bridgeAmenities:

  • Wine and cheese reception
  • Three loop tours
  • Marked routes w/ maps
  • SAGs
  • T-shirt (performance T upgrade available)
  • Rider gifts
  • 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!

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