The Tour de Troit is a bike ride that explores some of the city’s historic areas, takes in many of its most breathtaking sights, and provides bicyclists a unique opportunity to legally “take over” the streets of the Motor City.
The 2012 TdT attracted a record number of cyclists — over 5,000! The 2013 ride is set for September 21. Registration is available at tdt2013.eventbrite.com. The pricing schedule is as follows:
- EARLY BIRD – Through May 31 – $40/$35 (student) w/t-shirt
- June 1 to August 31 – $45/$40 w/t-shirt
- Sept. 1 to Sept. 10 – $55/50 w/t-shirt
- ONSITE (if available) $65 w/t-shirt (size not guaranteed). Because this event may sell out, on-site registration may not be available.
The TdT raises awareness of biking as a mode of transportation; publicizes the growing greenways network in the City of Detroit and all of Southeastern Michigan; and raises funds for greenway development in Detroit, including the Southwest Detroit Greenlink and the GREEN Taskforce Vision for Greenways on Detroit’s Lower Eastside.
The Tour de Troit offers several rides to choose from.
The first — and primary — is a leisurely ride of 30 miles with police escort on a closed route.
For extremely experienced cyclists, the Tour de Troit offers two metric century (62 miles) options that do not include police escort. One is for riders that pace at 16 to 20 miles per hour; the other is for riders that pace at 12 to 16 miles per hour. Both metric century rides will be capped at 250 riders.
All rides will be sweeper- and SAG-supported.
The main ride will take off at 9 a.m. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m.
The metric century 12-16 will take off at 7:00 a.m. and the metric century 16-20 will start at 8 a.m. There will be no day-of registration for the metric century rides.
2012 TdT sponsors included Flagstar Bank, Miller Canfield, Team Detroit, Vitamin Water, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mode Shift, Plante Moran, The Villages CDC, Slow’s Bar-B-Q, Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub, Mudgie’s Deli, Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop, Whole Foods, Motor City Casino, Quicken Loans, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Giffels Webster Engineers, DMCare Express, Compuware, American Cycle and Fitness, Eastern Market Corp., PJ’s Lager House, O’Connor Real Estate & Development, City Bird & Nest, Canine to Five Detroit, Boll Family YMCA, Honeybee Market, Motor City Brewing Works, The Park Bar, Simply Suzanne Granola, Recycle Here!, Michigan Green Safe, Paul’s Pizza, Detroit Bicycle Company, The Hub of Detroit, MillKing It Productions, Detroit Bikes!, Kem 3D and Great Lakes Coffee.