The Tour De TART is a point to point, family friendly bicycle ride from Traverse City to Suttons Bay every year in July. Over 600 cyclists take to the beautiful Leelanau Trail for Riders for our biggest fundraising event of the year. Riders enjoy sights and scenic vistas along the trail that you don’t easily see from the road, including the iconic yellow Caboose, the DeYoung Farm, various vineyards and orchards. The Tour de TART also helps people realize just how easy it is to get from Traverse City to Suttons Bay along the trail.
2015 Event Recap
Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and participants of the 15th annual Tour de TART. Our biggest annual fundraiser did not disappoint this year bringing in over $10,000 for our local trails! Over 600 cyclists rode from Traverse City to Suttons Bay and mother nature also cooperated with sunny skies for a perfect ride. Over 100 volunteers helped make the event a success doing everything from setup, trail cleaning, traffic control, food serving and anything else that needed to be done. Thanks to our presenting sponsors the Blue Care Network of Michigan & Fox Motors along with our all our sponsors, donors and partners. Check out our Flickr Photo Album courtesy of John Ammar.
TART hosts the 15th annual Tour de TART bicycle event on Friday July 24, 2015 presented by Blue Care Network of Michigan & Fox Motors. 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.
That’s right, we have a new start location for the 15th annual Tour de TART at Darrow Park! This will eliminate the need to ride through downtown traffic and the need to cross US 31. 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.
Starting anytime between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., riders will enjoy two food stops along the 17-mile ride, a bayside meal at the Suttons Bay Marina, local microbrews (bring cash) and then a relaxing bus ride back home. Bus service begins at 7:00 p.m. and the last bus departs at 9:30 p.m.
$35 for adults 13 and up
$15 for kids 12 and under
The event is capped at 600 participants.
Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors!
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 tan 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. DO NOT PARK ON MONROE, MADISON, ELMWOOD or SPRUCE–these side streets are for residential parking only.
17 miles of paved trail one way. At the end of the trail in Suttons Bay, follow the signs to get to Marina Park.
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). Carrying a water bottle is suggested.
The VI Grill in Suttons Bay is catering the meal, which will be served from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m at Suttons Bay Marina Park. Local microbrews from Short’s Brewing and wine from Black Star Farms will be available for purchase – bring cash! Dinner options include salmon burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, veggie wraps, and a special Northwoods Soda Cherry Rootbeer Float with Cherry Republic Icecream for desert.
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 9:30 pm. Please be ready to board the bus no later than 9:20 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.
Available through McLain Cycle, Einstein Cycles and Brick Wheels in TC, 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 p.m. and drop you off at event check-in in Traverse City. Ride the event and return to Suttons Bay Marina. This option is only offered by reservation on the entry form.
Waterfront views, the yellow caboose, farms and fields, orchards and vineyards.
All riders will receive a special bicycling water bottle for participating.
Riders enjoy sights and scenic vistas along the trail that you don’t easily see from the road, including the iconic yellow Caboose, the DeYoung Farm, various vineyards and orchards. The Tour de TART also helps people realize just how easy it is to get from Traverse City to Suttons Bay along the trail.