The 2011 and 2012 Tour de Troits are pretty well-documented on Facebook. Like “Tour-de-Troit” to check out pics. Our website is undergoing a re-design, and we promise that our new site will do a much better job of preserving our past. Look for the launch in May or June 2013, and thanks for your patience!
The Tour de Troit is an ever-evolving event and here is a beginning attempt to document it! When possible, we’ve included the map and the accompanying guide so that you can print out a favorite and ride it for yourself. If you have any pictures or anecdotes you’d like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 6th Annual Tour de Troit, September 15, 2007.
This year, the tour explored the lower east side of Detroit, including the Creekside neighborhood with its canals and parks. The rest stop was at the Aero Saarinen-designed Flynn Pavilion on Belle Isle. Over 600 riders participated, and the food at the park was a big smash with tamales and roasted pig (courtesy of Slow’s) in high demand. The weather was pretty prefect.
- 5th Annual Tour de Troit, September 23, 2006.
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.
- 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.
- Third Annual Tour de Troit, October 16, 2004
- Second 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.
- First Annual Tour de Troit, 2002
Year One had stops at St. Albertus, T-Plex, Young’s BBQ and Pure Detroit at the Fisher Building. The ride was supported with a bike trailer with a cooler, pump and some tools. Tshirt 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.