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Tour de TART
July 22 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15 - $40
Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors!
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TART is thrilled to host the 16th Annual Tour de TART bicycle tour on Friday July 22, 2016 presented by Hagerty. More than 600 people of all ages will hit the TART and Leelanau Trails for an evening ride that begins in Traverse City at Darrow Park and ends at Marina Park in the Village of Suttons Bay.
Parking will be available at the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church and the Bayview Wesleyan Church parking lots. This will allow riders to get right on the Leelanau Trail and head straight to Suttons Bay.
Participants may begin between 4 pm and 6:30 pm. Riders will enjoy two food stops along the 17-mile ride, a bay side meal at the Suttons Bay Marina, local microbrews (bring cash) and then a relaxing bus ride back home. Bus service begins at 6:30 pm and the last bus departs shortly after 9:00 pm.
$40 for adults 13 and up
$15 for kids 12 and under
Prices will go up $5 per participant two weeks prior to event
The event is capped at 600 participants
Ride Details & Information
REGISTRATION and CHECK-IN
We are capping the event at 600 participants this year, so sign up early! The ride includes food stops, dinner, and a bus ride back to Traverse City. All riders must check-in between 4 pm and 6:30 pm under the TART Trails tent at Darrow Park, 1025 Bay St. in Traverse City. Families with young children are encouraged to check-in and begin the ride no later than 5:00 p.m. Helmets are required.
Parking is available on surface lots at the Bayview Wesleyan Church at 720 Wayne St., and the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church at 1200 Ramsdell Dr. PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON MONROE, MADISON, ELMWOOD or SPRUCE–these side streets are for residential parking only.
17 miles of paved trail one way from Traverse City to Suttons Bay mostly on the Leelanau Trail. At the end of the trail in Suttons Bay, follow the course signs to get to Marina Park. Volunteers will be stationed at intersections.
An average time to complete the trip is 2 hours. It could take families with young children longer, depending on how many breaks are taken, so please plan your departure time accordingly.
Water, snacks and portalets are provided at Fouch Road (6 miles from the start) and Bingham Road (10 miles from the start). We’re thrilled that Brick Wheels is back again this year at Fouch Rd and Norte will be rocking the stop at Bingham Rd. Carrying a water bottle is suggested.
Dinner will be catered by VI Grill in Sutton’s Bay. Short’s Beer and Black Star Farms wine will be available as well.
TRANSPORTATION for RIDERS
Riders will be transported back to Traverse City by school bus. Buses leave when full, with the first bus leaving at 6:30 pm and the last bus leaving at 9:00 pm. Please be ready to board the bus no later than 8:50 pm.
TRANSPORTATION for BIKES
Be sure to leave your bike in the loading zone near the trucks upon your arrival in Suttons Bay; do not wait until you board the bus. Bikes will be loaded on a truck for the return trip to Traverse City. In TC, bikes are held in a secure area in the Baird Wealth Management parking lot on the corner of Elmwood and Bay St at 1001 Bay St. You will need your wrist band, which matches the band on your bike, to reclaim your bike.
Bike rentals are available through McLain Cycle, Einstein Cycles and Brick Wheels in Traverse City, and Body Balance and Suttons Bay Bikes in Suttons Bay.
PRE-EVENT SHUTTLE BUS OPTION
We offer special transportation for Suttons Bay area participants. A bus (and truck for bikes) will leave Suttons Bay Marina promptly at 4:00 pm and drop you off at the event check-in in Traverse City. Ride the event and return to Suttons Bay Marina. If you wish to use this option you must select it on the registration form when you register.
Waterfront views, the yellow caboose, farms and fields, orchards and vineyards on bikes!
All volunteers are invited to enjoy dinner at Suttons Bay Marina Park before or after their shift.