The Michigander Bicycle Tour (Draft)

Mon July 13 - Sat July 18, 2020 Traverse City, MI US 49686 Directions
This Race is in Draft Mode
Ride Essentials
Wardrobe Essentials
  • Helmet - All riders must wear a bicyle helmet. No exceptions.
  • Cycling Jersey - When registering, order your Michigander Jersey, not only is it a great memento of your accomplishment, but the material wicks away moisture, keeping you dry. The back pockets are handy for your cash, ID and credit cards too. 
  • Cycling Shorts - Chafing is the worst, get good cycling shorts, either the skintight Lycra or the relaxed mountain bike style. 
  • Gloves - We love cycling gloves. They absorb perspiration, give you a better grip and prevent blisters. Pads reduce road shock and that is a great thing.
  • Shoes - Firm soles are key. Proper cycling shoes are best with or without toe clips. Do wear socks, keeping your feet dry and comfortable is incredibly important. For those that have yet to invest in a cycling wardrobe, because there is less mileage on the 2-Day Michigander, gym shoes will work, but be sure to select shoes with a firm sole so you don't slip off of your pedals and can bear down when needed. No flip flops.
  • Sunglasses - 100% UV protection, unbreakable lenses, wraparounds are suggested for wind and especially if you wear contacts.

For excellent cycling apparel (and they make ours too), visit Primal.

  • Hydration Pack
  • 2 water bottles and cages to hold them (mounted)
  • Saddle Bag (under seat)
  • Handlebar Bag
  • Handlebar Map HolderCue Clips
  • Map Case (please note: the map guide book will be 8.5"  x 5.5" horizontal format)
  • Cargo Rack plus trunk bag
  • Headlight
  • Taillight
  • Lock
  • Cycling Computer/GPS/Cellphone with MapMyRide App
  • Mirror (handlebar or helmet or both)
  • Fenders (mud flies up your backside when the road is wet)
  • Straps/Bungees (for strapping things to your bike should you shop along the way)
  • Patch Kit, Tire Levers, Spare Tubes
  • Pump and Pressure Gauge
  • Cycling Multi-Tool
  • Medical Emergency Contact Card
  • ICE on your cell phone
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Travel Toilet Paper/Tissues
  • Note: we have a mobile bicycle repair service along the trail and in camp daily on the entire ride for repair needs for a fee. 
  • CO2 inflator with cartridges
  • Spare Spokes
  • General purpose multi-tool
  • Assorted nuts and bolts
  • Spare tire
  • Chain tool
  • Replacement chain links
  • Lubricant
  • Brake and derailleur cable
  • Spare cleats

The Michigander Bicycle Tour suggests that you and your bike come prepared for a challenge. The best ways to get your body ready for the challenge is to ride, ride, and RIDE. Start riding in spring or early summer riding 1-2 times a week gradually increasing to 2-3 times a week and increasing your time and distance each week. Close to the ride, do back-to-back days of approximately 40 miles each day. An important thing is to get what we call seat time. Spend time on the bike to get your seat in condition for sitting long periods of time on a bicycle seat.

The following is a suggested training schedule. Depending on your condition and ability you may have to adjust to what works for you. Ride unpaved as well as paved surfaces to better simulate Michigander. This information will also be in the Ride Guide that you receive in your confirmation packet when you sign up for the Michigander. 

A mountain bike or a hybrid (mountain/road) bike is recommended if you are going to ride the trails. The trails surfaces can be anywhere from unimproved, gravel or paved, and the road surface can be gravel or paved. Check at your local bike shop for recommendations on tires.

Road bike option, you may use a road bike. The road surface will be paved road.

Weeks 1 and 2
Weeks 3 and 4
Day 1 - Ride 10 mi.
Day 1 - Ride 12 mi.
Day 2 - Ride 12 mi.
Day 2 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 3 - Ride 20 mi.
Day 3 - Ride 30 mi.

Day 1 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 2 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 3 - Ride 15 mi.
Day 4 - Ride 40 mi. (week 1)
45 mi (week 2), 50 mi. (week 3)
50 mi.(week 4)


Same as June up to the ride. Early in July do a back-to-back of 40-50 mi. each day