History

The Tour de Troit is an ever-evolving organization. Here's a drive by look at our events and milestones so far. When possible, we’ve included maps and accompanying guides so that you can print out a favorite and ride or run it for yourself. If you have any pictures or anecdotes you’d like to share, please email info@tour-de-troit.org.

 

PaczKi Run 2016

 

Attracted over 3,000 runners who all enjoyed a paczek (from New Martha Washington Bakery) and a beer (from Axle Brewing) upon completion!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Ride 2016

 

Around 200 riders joined us in our annual free ride celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! This year featured a new route, highlighting historical sites relevant to Dr. King and the civil rights movement in Detroit.

Bike the Bridge 2015

This year, our route started in Detroit and went over the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor before circling around Detroit's Southwest neighborhoods. Almost 700 riders joined! 

Tour de Troit 2015

 

This was our 14th annual ride, and at over 7,000 riders, it was bigger and better than ever. This year, we featured a new route for the main ride, featured more local, small biz food vendors and saw incredible support from our sponsors and the community. 

Cycle into Spring 2015

In the fourth annual ride, we again partnered with the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative to put on this event. This year, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan signed on as our presenting sponsor, allowing us to make a sizable donation to the ride's beneficiary: the Connor Creek Greenway.

 

PaczKi Run 2015

Over 1600 runners attended one of the coldest PaczKi Runs on record! Funds from this run went toward the Hamtramck DDA to build out the city's green infastructure.

Photoset: Freep  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Ride 2015

Our free ride in celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. featured historical sites along our route.  Wayne State University generously provided registration space and hot chocolate to warm up after the ride.

Photoset: TDT Facebook

 

Bike the Bridge 2014

Nearly sold out at 500 riders, this ride started in Clark Park, made its way across the Ambassador Bridge to Windsor and back. 

Media Coverage: Windsor Star

Video: Detroit News

 

13th Annual Tour de Troit - September 2014

Lucky number 13, it was! We hit a record number of riders and had overwhelming volunteer & sponsor support this year, welcoming Flagstar Bank as our presenting sponsor of our namesake ride! Other sponsors included: Miller Canfield, Opportunity Detroit, Bear Naked, Whole Foods, REI, Amicci's Pizza, Giffels Webster, Lovio George, Plante Moran, Slows BBQ, Wheelhouse Detroit, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Gonella's, American Cycle and Fitness, Michigan Radio, PEAC, Clark Hill PLC, Compuware, Motor City Casino, Nemo's, Rossetti, Versa, Wayne State University, City Cyclery, DMCare Express, Grand Trunk Pub, Great Lakes Distributing, Honeybee, Kem3D, MilKing It Productions, Mudgies, Organaman, The Hub of Detroit, Windsor Eats, City Bird & Nest, O'Connor, Steve Roach, Absopure, Boll Family YMCA, Detroit Bike City, Detroit Experience Factory, Detroit Greenways Coalition, Eastern Market Corp., Great Lakes Coffee, Motor City Brewing Works, MI Green Safe, PJ's Lager House, Re:New Detroit, Recycle Here, Rock & Roll Science, the Park Bar, U of D Mercy, Yoga Shelter Midtow and Cafe con Leche. 

Press: MLive

Photoset & Video: TDT Flickr and Vimeo

 

Cycle into Spring 2014

In our second year of Cycling into Spring, we were joined by more than 700 riders on our twenty mile route from the Detroit River up to 8 Mile and back again. This event was in collaboration with the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative and proceeds went straight to development and programming on the Connor Creek Greenway. Our generous sponsors included Chrysler, Lovio George, Giffels Webster, Miller Canfield, Amicci's Pizza, Zipcar, Wheelhouse Detroit, Universal Macomb Ambulance Service, Michigan Radio, Recycle Here, Nortown CDC, Creekside CDC and Slows to Go.

Run du Nain Rouge 2014

 

French legend has it, the Nain Rouge is the little imp at the center of all the cities woes. Alongside the annual March, our runners gathered at the corner of Cass & Canfield to run him straight out of town. 

2nd Annual Pazcki Run, March 1, 2014

Over 1,600 runners participated in the 2nd annual Paczki Run. This year, Tour de Troit partnered with Hamtramck Paczki Festival which began its celebration at 10A.M. near the finish line of the run and featured a Misty Blues Polka Band. Runners were rewarded with a Paczki supplied by one of the many bakeries in the city of Hamtramck and some brews from MIllKing It Productions.

Photosets: mLive.com

5th Annual Bike the Bridge, October 13, 2013

Tour de Troit had the opportunity to make Bike the Bridge bigger and better this year. After the cycling event had been cancelled earlier in the year due to secuirty concerns from the Ambassador Bridge Company, the event was reborn and went off without a glitch. Since the bridge is normally closed to pedestrian and bicycle traffic, Tour de Troit thought they'd give people more time on the bridge to get the chance to see two beautiful skylines - twice! Previously, riders had only crossed the bridge once. The ride was limited to 150 participants to make sure the cross-border event was manageable. The ride quickly sold out and 50 of the riders were Canadian, which, for the first time had the opportunity to make a return trip on their bicycles since in previous years the Ambassador Bridge had only allowed bike travel in one direction. The ride started and ended in Detroit where riders embarked on a 20-mile ride through Southwest Detroit after crossing the Ambassador Bridge. Delicious lunch was provided by Armando's Restaurant after the haul.

Press: Bike the Bridge Back on Track - The Windsor Star

Video: 150 Bike the Amabassador Bridge - The Detroit News

12th Annual Tour de Troit, September 21, 2013

Over 6,000 participants rode in the 12th Annual Tour de Troit. The weather was beautiful- after the ride, all participants came back to a meal provided by local restaurants --  Amicci's Pizza, Slow's Bar B Q, the Original Gonellas, Organaman, Honey Bee Market and the Majestic Cafe -- and a couple of "icy cold" beverages -- courtesy of MillKing It Productions, Absopure and Alley Wine -- as well as some music.

Press: Detroit Bike City? Tour de Troit Draws Record Crowd for Annual Cycling Event mlive.com

Video: 2013 Tour de Troit Vimeo

Downloads: 2013 Route Map

 

2nd Annual Cycle Into Spring, May 18, 2013

Hosted by Tour de Troit for the first time along with the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative, five-hundred participants took part on a twenty mile ride from the Detroit River to Eight Mile, returning along the nine miles of cycling infrastructure that traces the original Conner Creek that links people, parks, green spaces, neighborhoods, schools and shops. Riders had the opportunity to view sites such as the Coleman A. Young International Airport, Mt. Olivet Cemetary, the Milbank Trail, the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant and Chandler Park.

This event was supported by donations from PVS Chemicals, DTE Energy Foundation, Chrysler Group, LLC, John Providence Health System, Wheelhouse Detroit, Vitamin Water, Simply Suzanne, Nortown CDC, Detroit Neighborhood Partnership East, Recycle Here, Chocolate Cake Design Collective, Michigan Green Safe Products, and the Greening of Detroit.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctXFlamK51w

1st Inaugural Run Du Nain Rouge, March 24, 2013

Over 300 years ago, an evil was discovered in and around the city. This 'evil' was said to have been a Nain Rouge, or the "red dwarf of Detroit". This malevolent spirit cursed generations until La Marche du Nain Rouge, held the Saturday closest to the Spring Equinox. The inaugural run brought over 200 people together to abolish evil out of the city.

1st Inaugural Paczki Run, February 9, 2013

 Attracted over 1200 runners and contributed $3,500 to the Hamtramck DDA to support it's non-motorized transportation plans. 

Photosets: The Detroit Free press. Downloads: Paczki Run Route

 

1st Inaugural MLK, Jr. Memorial Bike Ride, January 21, 2013

Tour de Troit partnered with Detroit City Council member Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr. to commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by sponsoring a free 10 mile bike ride that passed through important historical civil rights markers within the city. It began and ended at McGregor Memorial Conference Center on the campus of Wayne State University.

 

11th Annual Tour de Troit, September 15, 2012

 Sold out with over 5,000 riders. This year the ride added West Vernor to the map - heading out over the Mexican Town business district, going through historic Fort Wayne. The rest stop was at the old Boat Club on Belle Isle, one of the oldest rowing clubs in America.

10th Annual Tour de Troit, September 24, 2011

 Over 4,300 cyclists took part in the 10th annual Tour de Troit. This was the first year that all of the streets along the entire 30-mile route was closed to vehicles.

Photosets: Detroit News. Downloads: Coming soon!

9th Annual Tour de Troit, September 25, 2010

 Over 3,000 registrants necessitated the first-ever registration cut-off! Raised more than $40,000 for the Southwest Detroit Greenlink. David Bryne rode it!

 2010 TdT sponsors include Miller Canfield, Team Detroit, Savor Southwest, Slow’s Bar-B-Q, Audio Rescue Team, Vitamin Water, Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop, American Cycle and Fitness, Boll Family YMCA, Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance, Whole Foods Market, The Hub of Detroit, Arbor Brewing Company, New Center Council, Detroit Bikes!, Kem 3D and Great Lakes Coffee.

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8th Annual Tour de Troit, September 2, 2009

 Over 2,000 riders. Raised more than $20,000 for the Southwest Detroit Greenlink. New community partner: Southwest Detroit Business Association/Savor Southwest.

Map-Short Route

7th Annual Tour de Troit, September 20, 2008

 This one was off the hook! Over 1,000 riders traveled up the Woodward Corridor to Palmer Woods, University of Detroit Mercy and Sherwood Forest — then west to Rosedale Park. The rest stop was at the newly-renovated Northwest Activities Center.

Photosets: yensky, Jer, m-bike, renniekin, Alex, MarzulloHead. Downloads: flyerfront and flyerback and Map and Guide.

 

6th Annual Tour de Troit, September 15, 2007

 This year, the tour explored the lower east side of Detroit, including the Creekside neighborhood with it's canals and parks. The rest stop was at the aero Saarinen-designed Flynn Pavillion on Belle Isle. Over 600 riders participated, and the food at park was a big smash with tamales and roasted pig (courtesy of Slow's) in high demand. The weather was pretty perfect.

Photosets: Detroit Bike Blog (scroll down), Renegage, Rex Roof.

Downloads: Tour Map ; Flier

 

5th Annual Tour de Troit, September 23, 2006

Leaving Fort Wayne

 This route was a big hit. It took in much of Southwest Detroit, with a rest stop at Fort Wayne (pictured). Highlights included Del Ray, Oakwood Heights, and the West Vernor Corridor. It was great to see families gather on their porches and clap and wave as the more than 300 riders traversed the lively neighborhoods.

Photoset: Detroit News; Video: cdsdave. Downloads: Mapguide06;

FlyerFront06; Flyerback06.

4th Annual Tour de Troit, September 24, 2005

 This year, the two stops were at Earthworks Urban Garden and Back Alley Bikes. The route was a bit shorter than usual -- 35 miles -- and approximately 200 riders participated. Looking at the photograph above, it is remarkable how much has changed in the area east of the Ren Cen in just 3 years.

Photosets: GM; Willie. Article: TheDetroiter.com. Downloads: Tour Map

3rd Annual Tour de Troit, October 16, 2004

 Registration took place at the Greening of Detroit offices on Michigan Avenue. The weather was horrible -- windy, rainy, mid 40s. About 150 riders started and approximately 40-50 finished. This year's tour took in three stops, one being the Student Center at Wayne State. The route was completely different from previous years and a bit longer -- 38 miles.

2nd Annual Tour de Troit, 2003

 The second year's ride started at Grand Circus Park and stopped at T-Plex and Clark Park with lunch at McNally's Deli in Corktown.

1st Inaugural Tour de Troit, 2002

 Year one had stops at St. Albertus, T-Plex, Young's BBQ and Pure Detroit in the FIsher Building. The ride was supported with a bike trailer equipped with a cooler, pump and some tools. Tee shirt sales helped offset the expense of print materials and other expenses. The ride began at Grand Circus Park and ended in Hart Plaza.

 Tour de Troit. Founded by Edward Potas and Mike Kiewicz. Logo by Tom Kindred.