The 16th Annual Tour de Troit, presented byFlagstar Bank and set for September 16, 2017, 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 Motown.
The Tour de Troit offers two rides to choose from:
MAIN: The primary Tour de Troit is a leisurely ride of 25.6 miles with police escort; sweeper- and SAG-support; three mechanic "pit stops;" and one rest stop that includes a snack and mechanical support. The main ride will take off at 9 a.m. Check out our 2016 main route map HERE to get an idea of the route.
METRIC: For extremely experienced cyclists, the Tour de Troit offers a metric century (62 miles) option that does not include police escort. Riders should be able to ride approx. 15MPH and be comfortable on city streets following the Rules of the Road. This ride is sweeper- and SAG-supported but intersections are not closed to traffic. The metric century ride is capped at 500. There are two rest stops for the metric century ride.
The metric century riders can leave Roosevelt Park anytime between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. but must be responsible to keep a pace that will have them off the road and back to the park by 1:00 p.m. (15MPH pace, leave by 7:15 a.m. / 18MPH pace, leave by 7:45 a.m. / 20MPH pace, leave by 8:15 a.m.) There will be pacers at these three speeds, but metric riders should be prepared to follow the map and route markings on their own.
DAY OF REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ROOSEVELT PARK STARTING AT 7 AM ***
Please note that packet pickup is not available at Roosevelt Park on the morning of the event. You MUST pick up your packet from the packet pickup location listed above. If picking up packets for friends and family, you must have a copy (electronic or paper) of their registration confirmation or ID with you.
*** Online ticket sales end on September 6th. We will allow people to register for the day-of price during our packet pick up schedule and at Roosevelt Park on the morning of the event. T-shirt sizes are not guaranteed for late registrants. All participants must sign their own waiver, no exceptions. You may view and print the waiver here: Page 1 || Page 2
WHAT TO KNOW ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT
GETTING TO THE EVENT:
Michigan Avenue will have limited access to vehicular traffic on the day of the event between 14th and 20th streets at 7:30AM. Be sure to take this into account when planning your arrival. We do not recommend driving to the start area. There will be no parking on Michigan Avenue along the park, or anywhere in the park.
The MDOT Welcome Center on Bagley at 20th Street has a large lot. Take Bagley east to 14th, hang a left and you’re at Roosevelt Park!
University of Detroit Mercy Dental School has a gated, guarded lot on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. They can enter the gate at 17th Street for lot “N” and Magnolia St. for Lot “M”. Parking in the 2 lots at the Main Entrance of the Dental School is prohibited.
Motor City Casino and Hotel has a ginormous parking structure they will allow our riders to make use of. It’s a straight shot south on Trumbull, west on Michigan to the starting point of the ride at Roosevelt Park.
Handicapped parking is offered on 14th Street, just south of Michigan Avenue. Permit required.
Please note: All vehicles parked are the responsibility of the owner and not the Tour de Troit, UDM Dental School, Motor City Casino and Hotel or the city, or the State of Michigan. Please lock your vehicle and remove all valuables. Be smart!
9 AM start for the Main Ride. Line up into chutes starts at 8:30 AM.
Metric Ride has varied start times beginning at 7:30, 8:00, and 8:30 AM. Please base your start time on your MPH.
Riders will not be allowed on the route after the ride departs.
HELMET MANDATORY RIDE. ALL cyclists must be wearing their BIB and a helmet to ride in this event. Double, and triple check that you have the appropriate gear before leaving the house.
BAG RESTRICTIONS: To protect the safety of our riders, please note that no bags over 420 cubic inches (6.9 L) will be permitted on the ride. There are several options that are allowed on the ride that accommodate this restriction. We recommend using saddle bags, frame bags, handle bags, fanny packs and uncovered baskets.
Bags that are larger than 420 cubic inches will not be allowed on the ride. This includes messenger bags, panniers, back packs, covered baskets & any bag type that is over the 420 cubic inch limit. If you have any questions in regards to the size of your bag, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to bring a water bottle. We will have a water truck at the start/finish of the ride, as well as on Belle Isle. We will not be providing water bottles as we are committed to being a green event. You may refill your bottle as many times as you need.
WAVE 1 GREEN BIBS: If you have a Green Bib, you will be in Wave 1, located on the WEST side of Vernor. Line up facing the train station. Wave 1 will leave promptly at 9AM.
WAVE 2 BLUE BIBS: If you have a Blue Bib, you will be in Wave 2, located on the EAST side of Vernor. Line up facing the train station. Wave 2 will leave at or around 9:20 AM. It is recommended that you are lined up to leave by 9 AM.
The ride is fully SAG and sweeper supported. Sweepers will ride along the route to help with minor issues such as flat tires and seat adjustments. We will have service stations set up along the route for help with larger repairs. For those unable to finish the ride, or for bikes that are unable to be repaired, we will have SAG vehicles for the bikes, and busses for you to return you to the Park. Please note: SAG drivers will bring you to the park when their vehicles are full. We kindly ask that you respect your fellow riders and bring a fully tuned bike to the event.
AMBULANCE & MEDICS:
For all injuries requiring medical attention, please pull over and flag down a MEDIC who will be riding along the route. Medics will be wearing white tee shirts with a red cross on them.
For serious injuries, please flag down a medic and dial 911, and let the dispatcher know you are in the Tour de Troit, and detail exactly where the problem is located. DMC will be providing ambulatory care for the event.
FOOD, BEVERAGE & ENTERTAINMENT:
Upon return to the park, you will choose your food and beverage option from the blue & green food and beverage tents. Please go to the tent that coordinates with your BIB for fastest service.
There will be 6 food lines for each tent. Please join the line of the food you wish to select.
LINE 1. Slows to Go chili (veg option available)
LINE 2. Paul’s Pizza veggie super slice (veg)
LINE 3. Gonella’s Italian subs
LINE 4. Organaman salad bowls (vegan/GF)
LINE 5. Honeybee Market tamales, beans & rice
LINE 6. Uncle Bug’s Organic Creamery ice cream
*Please note that we’ll have enough food to feed everyone, but these lines are all first come, first serve. You must stand in the line of the food you wish to eat.
Live bands will start playing upon your return to the park. Please plan on sticking around and enjoying the beautiful day!
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. Read more at Model D; Modeshift; or Crain's.
Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor, Michigan-based Flagstar Bank, for supporting the Annual Tour de Troit and, in turn, our efforts to support non-motorized transportation.