Flagstar Bank and Tour de Troit are once again joining forces to present Michigan’s largest cycling event on Saturday, September 17.
Attendance at the 15th annual ride is expected to exceed last year’s 7,500 cyclists. Since its inception in 2005, the Tour de Troit ride has raised more than $250,000 to support greenways and non-motorized transit projects in Detroit.
To celebrate this year’s event, Tour de Troit and Flagstar Bank are launching the Detroit Rides Detroit Sweepstakes on Monday, August 29. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Shinola Detroit Arrow bike, valued at $1,000. To enter, visit www.tour-de-troit.org/tourdetroitride
The Detroit Arrow is Shinola’s single-speed bicycle, streamlined for urban riding and hand assembled by bike specialists in Detroit. The bike is available in black and white color options, in both men’s and women’s frame styles.
Winners will be announced on September 9, just in time to ride the new bike in the Tour de Troit.
“This is Flagstar’s third consecutive year as presenting sponsor of the tour, and it just keeps getting better,” said Beth Correa, director of Community Affairs and Quality at Flagstar Bank. “We’re proud to sponsor an event that puts the spotlight on Detroit in such a positive way. Tour de Troit is a great partner—they not only promote a healthy lifestyle but also raise funds to make the city better for biking. It’s a win all around.” “
“Flagstar Bank is an important part of Tour de Troit,” said Vittoria Katanski, director, Tour de Troit. “Their support allows us to make a real difference in the city’s biking infrastructure while presenting a fun, safe ride for the community to enjoy.”
The starting location of this year’s ride is Roosevelt Park, 2200 Michigan Ave. in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood. The 30-mile ride will begin at 9 a.m. and will pass through several city neighborhoods before concluding at Roosevelt Park. The 62-mile metric century ride for advanced riders will start between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
“Our 15th anniversary is a real milestone,” said Kelli Kavanaugh, ride director, Tour de Troit. “Detroit has seen amazing growth as a bike city with the number of rides and events multiplying in the last decade-and-a-half. We’re proud to have been a catalyst to all this growth while remaining the leading ride in the state.”
Funds raised from the Tour de Troit have helped develop more than 17 miles of bike lanes as part of the Southwest Detroit Greenlink. Tour de Troit has also raised money for the Villages of Detroit Community Development Corporation, the Connor Creek Greenway and other non-motorized projects.
After the ride, cyclists will be treated to food from local restaurants, including Slows to Go and Organaman, beer from New Holland Brewing and entertainment from local bands. Tour de Troit registration includes one food ticket and one beverage ticket. Additional tickets are available for $5.
Registration and Cost
Registration for Tour de Troit is $50 through August 31; Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 $60; Sept. 10 to Sept. 17 $70. Registration often sells out so register early. The metric century is $60 until it sells out at 500 riders.
For registration and additional information, visit http://www.tour-de-troit.org
Registration is now available for Tour de Troit’s international Bike the Bridge ride, taking place Saturday, October 9, 2016. The ride is limited to 750 people, and a valid passport is required. Registration information is available on the Tour de Troit website.