The Michigander is just under two months away, and here at Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, we are busy getting ready. Many of you are probably wondering what you can do to get ready, especially with the weather getting warmer and summer activities like running and bicycle riding are getting into gear. There are many things you can do to prepare for the 22nd Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour.
Be sure to check out the video and blog post we created on How To Pack for the Michigander. In it, our Michigander expert goes into detail about what he does to keep his pack light and dry for the week long ride through northern Michigan’s trails. You want to make sure you know how to keep things dry because you never know what Michigan’s weather will be like! Also, a key thing is to keep it light because you will be in charge of carrying your day-to-day pack as well as the bag you keep on the truck each day.
If you have not already begun to do so, you are going to want to start training. The Michigander, although not particularly strenuous in terms of elevation, does have high mileage bike riding. We’ve developed a suggested training schedule that will get you started; depending on your experience and skill level, you may change it to accommodate your needs. We recommend starting out light with 10 to 12 miles for two days and then go on a 20 mile ride. Throughout the month of June, stay at a consistent mileage for three days and have one day be a long miler ride. Check out the schedule for more information and details.
And finally, whether it’s your first or fifteenth Michigander, come out and attend the Michigander Expo being held this Sunday, May 19, from 10 AM to 3 PM at Maybury State Park in Northville, located off the 8 Mile Exit. There will be seminars such as How to Pack for the Michigander, a Typical Michigander Day, and Bike Maintenance and Safety tips. MTGA Executive Director, Nancy Krupiarz, will be giving a session on trail news and updates that are happening across Michigan. There will be food and a chance to ride some of Maybury’s bike trails! You do not want to miss this exciting day! You can still register, and admission to the expo is free.
*Remember you must bring your Recreation Passport in order to enter Maybury Park.
Get excited for warmer weather, fabulous bike riding, and another exciting Michigander coming soon!