September 14, 2019
The Tour de Troit
The 18th Annual Tour de Troit for September 14, 2019, is a bike ride that explores some of the city's historic areas, showcases its magnitude, and provides bicyclists a unique opportunity to experience Motown sans Motor.
The Tour de Troit offers two rides to choose from:
MAIN: The primary Tour de Troit is a leisurely ride of 25.6 miles with police escort; sweeper- and SAG-support; three mechanic "pit stops;" and one rest stop that includes a snack and mechanical support. The main ride will take off at 9 a.m.
METRIC: For extremely experienced cyclists, the Tour de Troit offers a metric century (62 miles) option that does not include police escort. Riders should be able to ride approx. 15MPH and be comfortable on city streets following the Rules of the Road. This ride is sweeper- and SAG-supported but intersections are not closed to traffic. The metric century ride is capped at 500. There are two rest stops for the metric century ride.
ROUTES FOR 2019 ARE TBD.
2019 Packet Pickup & Registration Schedule
Packet pick-up days are listed below. Pick-up will be at Tour de Troit offices.
September 7 from 12-5pm
September 8 from 12-4pm
September 11 from 11am-2pm
September 12 from 3-7pm
September 13 from 11am-7pm
DAY-OF PICK-UP: September 14 from 7-8:45am
Tour de Troit offices are located at 2727 Second Ave. Detroit, MI 48201
Tour de Troit Information
GETTING TO THE EVENT:
The Tour de Troit starts and finishes at Roosevelt Park in the shadow of the Michigan Central Station, located at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Fourteenth Street in Corktown, Detroit.
Michigan Avenue will have limited access to vehicular traffic on the day of the event between 14th and 20th streets at 7:30AM. There will be no parking on Michigan Avenue along the park, or anywhere in the park.
The MDOT Welcome Center on Bagley at 20th Street has a large lot. Take Bagley east to 14th, hang a left and you’re at Roosevelt Park!
MGM Grand Detroit, 9th Level Self-Parking Structure
Handicapped parking is offered on 14th Street, just south of Michigan Avenue. Permit required.
Please note: All vehicles parked are the responsibility of the owner and not the Tour de Troit, UDM Dental School, MGM Grand Casino or the city, or the State of Michigan. Please lock your vehicle and remove all valuables. Be smart!
Motor City Casino is NOT available for parking this year due to construction.
9 AM start for the Main Ride. Line up into chutes starts at 8:30 AM.
The metric century riders can leave Roosevelt Park anytime between 7:00 and 8:30 a.m. but must be responsible to keep a pace that will have them off the road and back to the park by 1:00 p.m. (15MPH pace, leave by 7:15 a.m. / 18MPH pace, leave by 7:45 a.m. / 20MPH pace, leave by 8:15 a.m.) There will be pacers at these three speeds, but metric riders should be prepared to follow the map and route markings on their own.
Riders will not be allowed on the route after the ride departs.
HELMET MANDATORY RIDE:
ALL cyclists must be wearing their BIB and a helmet to ride in this event. Double, and triple check that you have the appropriate gear before leaving the house.
To protect the safety of our riders, please note that no bags over 420 cubic inches (6.9 L) will be permitted on the ride.
Be sure to bring a water bottle. We will have a water truck at the start/finish of the ride, as well as on Belle Isle. We will not be providing water bottles as we are committed to being a green event. You may refill your bottle as many times as you need.
WAVE 1 BIBS: If you have a Bib no. 1 - 2000, you will be in Wave 1, located on the WEST side of Vernor. Line up facing the train station. Wave 1 will leave promptly at 9AM.
WAVE 2 BIBS: If you have a Bib no. 2001 & up, you will be in Wave 2, located on the EAST side of Vernor. Line up facing the train station. Wave 2 will leave at or around 9:20 AM. It is recommended that you are lined up to leave by 9 AM.
The ride is fully SAG and sweeper supported. Sweepers will ride along the route to help with minor issues such as flat tires and seat adjustments. We will have service stations set up along the route for help with larger repairs. For those unable to finish the ride, or for bikes that are unable to be repaired, we will have SAG vehicles for the bikes, and busses for you to return you to the Park. Please note: SAG drivers will bring you to the park when their vehicles are full. We kindly ask that you respect your fellow riders and bring a fully tuned bike to the event.
AMBULANCE & MEDICS:
For all injuries requiring medical attention, please pull over and flag down a MEDIC who will be riding along the route. Medics will be wearing white tee shirts with a red cross on them.
For serious injuries, please flag down a medic and dial 911, and let the dispatcher know you are in the Tour de Troit, and detail exactly where the problem is located. DMC will be providing ambulatory care for the event.
FOOD, BEVERAGE & ENTERTAINMENT:
Upon return to the park, you will choose your food and beverage option from the blue & green food and beverage tents. Please go to the tent that coordinates with your BIB for fastest service.
There will be 6 food lines for each tent. Please join the line of the food you wish to select.
LINE 1. Slows to Go chili (veg option available)
LINE 2. Paul’s Pizza veggie super slice (veg)
LINE 3. Gonella’s Italian subs
LINE 4. Organaman salad bowls (vegan/GF)
LINE 5. Honeybee Market tamales, beans & rice
*Please note that we’ll have enough food to feed everyone, but these lines are all first come, first serve. You must stand in the line of the food you wish to eat.
Live bands will start playing upon your return to the park. Please plan on sticking around and enjoying the beautiful day!
Turn your Tour de Troit day into a “Motown sans Motor” weekend!
LUXURY: Motor City Casino is offering a limited number of luxury rooms for $169 per night plus tax (REG $229) when you call (866) STAY-MCC for reservations. Be sure to mention you're here for the Tour de Troit!
BOUTIQUE: Trumbull & Porter has undergone extensive renovations to become Corktown's newest chic, boutique hotel. They're offering rooms at $99 per night (REG $120). Call 313-496-1400 and mention that you're riding the Tour de Troit to reserve a room.
BUDGET: Hostel Detroit is just blocks away from Roosevelt Park in N. Corktown. It’s a friendly addition to Detroit and perfect for students and more adventuresome travelers! Single beds start at $30, and double beds are just $56. Secure bike parking is available.
IMPORTANT Documents and Supporting Materials
Download the Participation Waiver HERE.
+Download the Roosevelt Park site map HERE.