A True Off-the-Grid Adventure!
This year we again have a brand new route with seven riding days and only four moves! In 2020 MUP begins and ends in Marquette. A mid-tour layover day in Munising will give you plenty of time to discover its treasures.
The central Michigan Upper Peninsula is comprised of rocky outcrops over Lake Superior, sandy beaches along Lake Michigan, huge sand dunes near Grand Marais, dense forests and precious little flat ground. Come ready to ride and experience Michigans Upper Peninsula!
Thank you for riding with the League of Michigan Bicyclists in 2020. Tour proceeds fund LMB’s mission to make bicycling safe and convenient for everyone in Michigan. It also supports LMB’s Micro-Grant Program to help fund on-the-ground advocacy work that promotes safe bicycling, especially among youth and underserved populations.
MUP registration fees are based on membership status and registration date. Members enjoy exclusive members only access and early bird discounts from December 2 thru December 31. We welcome all to join the League of Michigan Bicyclists to make Michigan bicycling better.
Registration dates are as follows:
- Early Registration is January 1 – May 14, 2020
- Regular Registration is May 15 – June 14, 2020
- Late Registration is June 15 – July 11, 2020
Registration Fees are as follows:
Members please make sure to log in when you register to access member rates. Need to Renew? Do it before you register and save!
- LMB Members:
- Early Registration $475
- Regular Registration $475
- Late Registration $995
- Early Registration $495
- Regular Registration $525
- Late Registration $995
- Minors (17 & under):
- Early Registration $300
- Regular Registration $335
- Late Registration $695
- Non-Riders/Private SAGs:
- Early Registration $300
- Regular Registration $335
- Late Registration $ 695
Registration for MUP 2020 will open on January 1. Please join us then!
The Upper Peninsula (UP) contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population. Residents are frequently called Yoopers (derived from “U.P.-ers”). Locals are proud of their heritage, the region’s rugged natural beauty and disdain of the “trolls” below the Mackinac Bridge. The area’s culture revolves around food like Cornish pasties (meat pies favored by miners), the sauna and all things Finnish, and a dialect celebrated with call to “say YA to da UP, eh!” More people visit the UP to see the many waterfalls than anything else.
MUP is primarily a paved road bicycle tour. If we take a detour, cyclists may have a small, gravel trail to add to their story!
Routes are subject to change.
Sat 7/11/2020 - Marquette Check-In
Check-In at the Superior Dome on the campus of Northern Michigan University for packet pick-up. Once you’ve settled in, feel free to enjoy the town of Marquette where you’ll find several french style patisseries, our tour coffee provider Velodrome Coffee, and several breweries. For those needing to loosen up the legs, take a 12 mile ride out to beautiful Presque Isle and around Marquette on the Iron Ore Trail.
Sun 7/12/2020 - Marquette to Big Bay and Back (61 miles)
We start the day with great coffee provided by our tour sponsor Velodrome Coffee. Today you can ride a little or clock in almost a metric century ride. The distance choices are infinite on this out and back route along scenic Big Bay Road. Choose your distance depending on what you want today. The route captures lots of natural beauty, miles of Great Lakes and the primary businesses of tourism, mining and logging. Just a short distance along the route is Sugarloaf Mountain. The Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area consists of a 3,200 foot trail of pathway and stairway segments that lead to the mountain’s summit 470 feet above Lake Superior. The sleepy village of Big Bay lies at the end of the road where you can stop at Thunder Bay Inn for a bite to eat. If your feeling adventurous head on out to the Big Bay Lighthouse before heading back to Marquette. Today dinner will be on the road as you head back into town. The Burger Bus will be providing your afternoon/evening meal right on the route!
Mon 7/13/2020 - Marquette to Munising (42 miles)
Enjoy long views of Lake Superior as you travel from Marquette to Munising. The second day on the MUP begins along the shoreline of Lake Superior as you leave Marquette and travel the first few miles along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Next, ride through the villages of Lakenenland and Au Train. The quirky Lakenenland Sculpture Park, about 15 miles outside of Marquette is a must-see, featuring scrap-iron sculptures and interactive exhibits. Feel free to stop and swim, or just visit Au Train for lunch before continuing on to Munising, the gateway to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. In Munising you can visit breweries, restaurants and waterfalls. MUP will spend 3 nights here, that means you don’t have to move your tent until Thursday morning! Fuel up tonight because tomorrow is a big mileage day!
Tues 7/14/2020 - Munising to Grand Marais to Munising (0-100 miles)
Today is Gravel Tuesday, a day to test your legs. Or not! It’s a chance to ride anywhere from zero to 100 miles and experience the incredible beauty of the UP. Riding along the scenic Au Sable Trail you’ll get a chance to explore some of the most iconic places in the central UP including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Log Slide Overlook, Grand Sable Banks, Grand Sable Falls and the Au Sable Lighthouse. If you choose to go the full distance to Grand Marais, you can stop in this little village to see the Pickle Barrel house, swim in Lake Superior, fuel and hydrate at the local establishments and then head back to home base in Munising. All through today’s ride you’ll have a chance to explore gravel roads down several spurs. But be warned, today is not the day to experiment! Please only attempt these loops if you are an experienced gravel rider with a bike that can handle softer surfaces!
Wed 7/15/2020 - Layover Day in Munising
After testing your legs yesterday, today you can relax and explore Munising and local sights by bike, kayak, glass bottom boat or even on foot! Take a bike ride out to Miners Castle if you didn’t see it yesterday on the way out to Grand Marais, tour the many hidden waterfalls in the area, take a boat tour to view the beautiful cliffs along Pictured Rocks or visit shipwrecks through a glass bottom boat. Of course you can also just hang out in camp catching up on your bike maintenance and beauty sleep. Today we’ll serve breakfast as usual but you are on your own for lunch and dinner so you can enjoy the many offerings in Munising!!
Thu 7/16/2020 - Munising to Manistique (57 miles)
It’s Throwback Thursday!! Put on your favorite vintage jersey for a shore to shore ride across the spine of the UP. Starting at the shore of Lake Superior, you’ll spend endless miles riding smooth pavement and trees coming almost right up to the shoulder. Enjoy rolling up a few memorable climbs through the Hiawatha National Forest which was founded in 1909 by President Theodore Roosevelt. Along the way is Kitch-iti-kipi, Michigan’s largest spring. It is 200’ in diameter, 42′ deep and delivers 16,000 gallons of crystal clear water per minute. Just the ticket for the end of a woodland ride. From here it’s a few miles into Manistique and views of Lake Michigan. Take time to head down to the water and drop a tire into the water so you can tell everyone how you cycled shore to shore!
Fri 7/17/2020 - Manistique to Eben Junction (64 miles)
Last year we took this route down from Munising. This year we head north and west to the village of Eben Junction and the last night of the tour. An old railway junction, Eben Junction is the home of the Eben Ice Caves where the winter ice creates some amazing formations, during the summer Eben Junction is a sleepy quiet town, perfect for our last night together where we’ll enjoy something special as a thanks to you for being a part of the 2020 MUP.
Sat 7/18/2020 -Eben Junction to Marquette (37 miles)
Alas, all good things must come to an end. After 7 days exploring and enjoying the Michigan Upper Peninsula, today you ride for home. Put on your old or new MUP jersey and enjoy the final miles of riding in the UP. Tailwinds, headwinds, and crosswinds won’t matter as the final day takes you west and north into Marquette. It’s a short route back to the bustle of the city and the Superior Dome so take the time to enjoy the ride and reflect on your MUP friends new and old.
Pictured Rocks VIP Boat Tour
Join LMB for a VIP boat tour of the Pictured Rocks, voted the most beautiful place in Michigan by Condé Nast Traveler! This will be a private charter by LMB for our riders, so tickets will be limited. Keep your eye on our emails where we’ll announce details and open VIP ticket purchases.
The guided boat cruise is 2 1/2 to 3 hours and will travel into and alongside the most visually stunning 40 miles of shoreline on the Great Lakes! The cruise departs from the Munising, Michigan, City Dock. You’ll enjoy a variety of snacks and beverages along with a special gift.
MUP 2020 Jersey
We’re still designing the 2020 Jersey so stay tuned to your email for the big reveal of our 2020 Jersey.
You can still order the 2019 Jersey along with our other LMB Gear (note sizes limited on some styles):
A standard cotton T-shirt is included with all registrations. Upgrade to a moisture management performance fabric T-shirt for $20.
Comfy Campers Tent Service is available on this tour! You can choose full service or a la carte and have their friendly staff set up and take down your camp. They supply you with a tent, air mattress, bath towel, and/or camp chair. Please visit the Comfy Campers website for more information and to sign up.
Optional Third Bag
Riders are politely reminded that their luggage should be limited to two soft-sided bags each weighing forty pounds or less. Can’t fit it all in two? Add an extra bag for a small fee.
- Helmets are required whenever a rider is on a bicycle.
- Riders must be able to ride 60+ miles a day. The terrain can be hilly.
- Riders must carry spare tubes and be able to change a flat tire.
- Riders must have at least one and preferably two water bottles on their bicycle.
- Riders must have a positive attitude at all times!
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, MI 49885