This new 4-day charitable bike ride brings the excitement and impact of Climate Ride back to the Midwest in 2018. The cycling event begins in the bike-friendly city of Grand Rapids, and meanders through Michigan’s northern woods and picturesque farmlands, to the scenic sandy beaches of the Great Lakes and into the heart of the verdant Leelanau Peninsula. Be a part of our new Michigan Ride this September 15-18, 2018.
NEW RIDE! Climate Ride Michigan spans 285 miles and explores Michigan’s lower northern shoreline (known affectionately as the Third Coast) all the way to the scenic Leelanau Peninsula. From the exciting trip start in Grand Rapids – one of Bicycling Magazine’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, home to the world’s largest art competition (ArtPrize), and known as the “Beer City” due to its many craft breweries – to the triumphant arrival on the Leelanau Peninsula, Climate Ride Michigan will challenge, inspire, and surprise you as you cycle and connect with thought leaders, advocates, and like-minded people dedicated to advancing sustainability.
On Climate Ride Michigan you’ll spend four days cycling on a scenic journey that explores the back roads of Lake Michigan. You’ll discover amazing scenery, stay at comfortable retreats and classic summer camps, and experience the thrill of touring by bicycle with a community united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles – the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.
During the cycling event, we’ll travel on some of Michigan’s multi-use trails (the state has 2,600 miles of trails!), riding past historic lighthouses, fruit orchards, quaint villages, wineries, cider houses, and family farms. We’ll also visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore before pedaling to the tip of Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula to a spectacular lighthouse. Evening programs and dynamic speakers combine with world-class cycling to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun.
Our professional Climate Ride staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 40-80 miles per day of carefully-planned routes on scenic roads. It’s challenging yet achievable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. On the road, the Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. Bike rental options are available in Grand Rapids.
Daily cycling mileages to suit all types of cyclists. This is a fully supported ride which means you can focus on the pedaling and making connections with your new friends while we take care of everything from overnight details, meals, snacks, luggage transport, and much more to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Learn more in the FAQ.
You can choose from our full list of beneficiaries and proceeds will be distributed to the Climate Ride grants program based on your beneficiary selection. You will have access to our superb personal fundraising software and the full support of our team. Participants may select their beneficiaries from our list of more than 100 extraordinary non-profit organizations.