Milford Bike Fest and Trail Challenge

Sat June 5, 2021 Milford, MI 48381 US
Guided Rides

Looking to explore the trails but could use a guide?  Want to make some friends out on the trail?  Please join us for the official Milford Bike Festival group rides!  These rides are open to all festival registrants and will start from the expo area of the festival (in Central Park over the railroad tracks from main street grill, see event map for details).  MOUNTAIN BIKES REQUIRED!   Please ensure your bikes have wider, knobby tires and properly functioning brakes.  You do not need the latest and greatest carbon steed to ride with us, just a bike that works!  All of these rides are no drop, we will not leave anyone behind.  Check out the descriptions below to determine which ride fits into your fitness and skill level.   If you want to know a little more about the trails than what we describe here, consider reading our trail descriptions on the "Trail System" section!  Please come prepared with basic tools, replacement tubes, water, and whatever else you think you may need on your ride!  Please email sarah.vano@mcmba.org if you have any questions about these rides!  All riders must be prepared with a mask and observe physical distancing!

Milford to Commerce Grande Tour presented by Hometown Bicycles – Departs at 9:00 AM
Back by popular demand, this route will traverse approximately 30 miles of dirt roads, singletrack, two-track, and paved paths.  This ride will take Garden Rd into Proud Lake to get a taste of some of the scenic trails, through connector routes and two-track to the paved Lakes Community trail to Hickory Glen.  After the Hickory Glen Singletrack, the group will head back to enjoy more of the Proud Lake trails, the Kensington Connector, then take the Kensington pathway back to downtown Milford. This ride will split into two groups that will start at the same time.  The lead pack will ride a more "spirited" pace of about 15 mph on average, followed by a no-drop group riding at a pace of about 10 mph.  Riders should be comfortable with riding 30+ miles on singletrack and two-track trails before attending this ride!

Beginner Friendly Mountain Bike Ride Presented by TBD – Departs at 9:30 AM
This ride will have a little bit of everything: dirt roads, singletrack, and paved paths.  The group will take Garden Rd into Proud Lake, ride loop 1, then cut through the trails to the Kensington Connector, then hook up to the Kensington paved path to get back into downtown Milford.  Total distance will be 13-15 miles, average pace of 10 mph.  Expect some rolling hills, but nothing too technical.  Perfect ride for those who want to experience singletrack riding with some mixed terrain added in. 

Intro to Highland Presented by Orange Krush Cycling Club Junior Race Team Coaches (Cycletherapy Bicycles) - Departs at 10:00 AM
This ride is meant for experienced singletrack riders who want to explore the technical pain-cave that is Highland, but in a group setting.  The ride begins and ends with 4 miles of scenic dirt roads between Milford and Highland Rec Area.  The exact route within the available 16+ mile trail network will be determined by the abilities and interests of those who show up.  Our local experts will tailor the adventure to test your abilities without leaving you in over your head.  Plan on returning to town shortly after noon to finish around the same time as the youth rides. 

Self-Guided Paved Path Ride - Anytime!
This self-supported, self-paced ride is meant for riders looking for rail-trail and paved path riding opportunities.  Explore the Milford Trail paved path that bisects the Milford Mountain Bike Trail, starting from the Milford YMCA.  Cross over General Motors Road and head into Kensington Metropark, passing through the equestrian staging area and group campground.  Once your in Kensington (about a 5.75 mile trip), you can take the entire 8.25 mile paved path around Kent Lake.  The entire route has rolling hills and beautiful scenery.  Riders should plan to observe all rules and regulations around traveling on the paved path, including speed limits, and be courteous to other path users.  If you choose to do the whole route, expect a 20 mile self-supported ride!

Kid's Rides presented by Huron Valley Mountain Bike Club – Depart at 10:00 AM

Let's get more kids out on bikes!  We are thrilled to have Huron Valley United Racing, our local MiSCA team, returning to host some fabulous kids rides!  All rides will depart at 10:00 AM and end around noon.  Adult chaperones will be present, and parents are welcome to ride, though not required to be present during the ride.  No one will be left behind, each ride will have an adult sweep!  All routes use paved path and singletrack, no roads are part of any of these rides.  MOUNTAIN BIKES REQUIRED!  You do not need the latest and greatest carbon steed to ride with us.  Any bike with properly functioning components and wider, knobby tires will do.  Please make sure riders come prepared with water, spare tubes, and basic tools if you can carry them.  Ride chaperones can assist with any trailside repairs that may take place.

BEGINNER RIDE - 5-8 miles utilizing the Milford/Kensington bike paths and portions of the Milford mountain bike trail.   This is a great ride for kids who want to get a taste of what mountain biking is like in a group setting while still having fun!

INTERMEDIATE - 12-15 miles using the Milford paved path, sections of the Milford mountain bike trail, and Proud Lake.

EXPERIENCED - Very similar route to the Intermediate ride, but with more mileage at Proud Lake at a more spirited pace.  Plan for 20-25 miles total.

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