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2-6 September2015 edition, the 45th!
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The 45th Annual!
The Dick Allen Lansing to MACkinaw Bicycle Tour is Michigan’s annual, fully-supported, epic end-of-summer bicycle camping tour. Four routes wind northward in 4 or 5 days through Michigan’s countryside and quaint small towns, from East Lansing to up north destinations, ending in Mackinaw City, St. Ignace, or Sault Ste. Marie. Each route varies in distance providing just the right challenge for all cyclists.
DALMAC is about bicycling! DALMAC is about sharing the roads! DALMAC originated in 1971 when former State Representative Dick Allen challenged his colleagues and constituents with a ‘ride all the way to the bridge’ to prove that bikes and cars could share Michigan roads safely.
DALMAC is one of the oldest all-volunteer-run tours in the United States, celebrating 45 years of excellence, thus DALMAC is one of the lowest cost tours in the nation. It is staffed by volunteers of the Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA) of Lansing, MI.
The objectives of DALMAC are to develop an awareness of bicyclists and their needs among the citizens of Michigan, to promote bicycling as a healthy means of transportation and recreation, and to encourage wider use of bicycles
The DALMAC Fund has granted $1,234,981 from 1986 through 2014. The DALMAC agreement between Dick Allen and the TCBA established The DALMAC Fund in 1975 to promote bicycling in Michigan. Dick Allen’s original purpose for riding from Lansing to Mackinaw went far beyond just a recreational ride. He wanted to bring the fun and health benefits of bicycling to all who would participate and advance Michigan’s prospects for active, outdoor tourism on a bicycle. CLICK HERE for more info about the Fund.
“We Ride” by Dan Schlack
And so should you! Experience farmlands, tree lined roads, small towns and small lakes, Great Lakes, beaches, and one really big bridge.
4 routes to choose from - both 4 & 5 day options
Quad & Quint Century options on the 4 Day West
- 5 East, 5 West, 5 UP - $240 / Preteen $185
- 4 Day West - $205 / Preteen $155
- (Preteen is age 12 or less)
All routes begin at the MSU pavilion in East Lansing and wind northward through rolling farmlands and up-north lake country following country roads whenever possible to provide the safest, most scenic routes between campsites. Each route travels through quaint towns offering opportunities for rest, refreshments, and exploration.
For those up to the challenge of riding 100 miles a day the 4 Day West route has optional extentions offered each day resulting in a Quad Century. Also, in celebration of DALMAC’s 45th year, a century loop from MSU to Hell, Michigan and back is being offered on Wednesday, Sept. 2nd to turn it into a Quint Century ride.
Routes and mileage for all route options are subject to change.
295 total milesThe 5 East route is designed to head straight up the middle of the state. Choose this route for the shortest days and overall mileage, and to bike across the Mackinac Bridge. A great choice for first time DALMAC'ers.
58 miles to Ithaca HSYour ride today will take you through Michigan farmlands to Dick Allen's Alma mater, Ithaca High School.
67 miles to Harrison HSMore farmlands, but also the towns of Alma and Mt Pleasant, the home of Central Michigan University. Go Chips!
67 miles to Grayling HSRiding today you get "up norther" and into lake country, including Houghton and Higgins Lake areas, before arriving in Grayling, home of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, an annual 120 mile race to Lake Huron.
76 miles to Cheboygan HSThe longest day today, but you're getting stronger now. From Grayling, you are officially in the northern lower Michigan of great scenic tree lined county roads to Cheboygan, and the shores of Lake Huron.
27 miles to St Ignace/Lasalle MSOn Sunday you have a short 17 mile ride to the Mackinaw Bridge where you will pedal across and on to your final destination at LaSalle High School in St. Ignace!
336 total milesOur 5 West route veers to the west as it heads north, eventually passing near Traverse City and taking in the scenery of Torch Lake, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and the "Tunnel of Trees", with an average daily distance of 67 miles.
73 miles to Vestaburg HSYou will leave MSU with the other five day routes, traveling through farmlands and small towns before reaching Alma and taking the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail to Vestaburg.
74 miles to McBain/Northern Michigan Christian SchoolMore farmland, and more small towns including Beal City, Farwell, Lake George, and Marion before you finish in another small town, McBain. A couple of memorable fuel stops are the Lake George Campground and the Marion HS Cross Country Team rest stop, at the curve 5 miles before Marion.
61 miles to Elk Rapids HSOn Friday you will ride through the Fife Lake area and overnight at Elk Rapids High School
76 miles to Petoskey HSUp and around the top of Elk Lake and then down and around the bottom of Torch Lake to start the day. A stop in the quaint lakeside town of Alden and then more riding along beautiful Torch Lake. Up and over to Bellaire and then East Jordan, home of "The Wall", and Boyne City. A flattish ride then until you climb up to your destination in Petoskey.
52 miles to Mackinaw City HSYour tour culminates with awesome scenery the whole way. Riding near Lake Michigan on roads with names like Beach and Lakeshore tell the story. Harbor Springs, Goodhart, and Cross Village are just bonuses. Enjoy!
363 or 394 total milesThe 5 UP not only crosses the Mackinac Bridge but also continues on through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to Sault Ste. Marie. The route stays a little closer to the middle of "the mitten" and has an average daily mileage of about 73 miles.
73 miles to Shepherd HSFlat farmland is on the agenda today. Makes for a nice ride though as the roads are generally quiet and the towns small. Pay attention to your map so you don't end up riding off with the other 5 day routes ;-)
85 miles to Lake City HSEarly today you pass through Mt. Pleasant and Central Michigan University, go Chips! Then small Michigan towns all the rest of the way for breaks and refreshment, so take your pick. If you plan a last stop at Falmouth pay attention as it's just a short right off the route.
66 miles to Central Lake HSOn Friday, after riding through Kalkaska, Alden, and along Torch Lake, you will be staying in Central Lake.
62 (93) miles to Pellston HSFirst you will encounter the “5 Tears” then continue through East Jordan and Boyne City to Petoskey. From there are two options: the standard route goes north from Bay View to Pellston, while the optional century route follows the “Tunnel of Trees” through Goodhart to Cross Village, then turns south and east to Pellston.
77 miles to Sault Ste Marie HSAfter a 20 mile ride you cross the 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge. Your final day proceeds on through St. Ignace and continues on Mackinaw Trail to Sault Ste. Marie, home of the famous Soo Locks. Along the way there's food and rest in Rudyard, or in Kinross, which is a short distance off of the route.
325, 411, or 511 total milesThe standard 4 Day West route follows a similar path to the 5 West, just in one less day. So it also veers to the west as it heads north, eventually passing near Traverse City and the beautiful scenery of Torch Lake, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, and the "Tunnel of Trees". The Quad Century options branch out each day to add the extra miles. The Quint Century adds a loop ride on Wednesday (making it a 5 day ride) from MSU to Hell, Mi, and back to East Lansing.
100 miles - MSU to MSU (Quint Century option)Todays ride is only for those who wish to challenge themselves to a Quint Century. The route will be a loop from MSU that takes riders to Hell, Mi and back.
73 (109) miles to Vestaburg HSAfter leaving MSU, you will ride through Dewitt, Perrinton, and Alma before taking the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail to Vestaburg.
89 (101) miles to Lake City HSAfter passing through Farwell you'll encounter some rolling hills around Lake George. Be sure to stop at the Lake of the Pines rest stop on Ashard Road for lunch.
92 (99) miles to Boyne City HSYou’ll pass through Kalkaska and Alden and ride up the “The Wall”, or the scenic alternate route, on the way to your overnight site at Boyne City.
71 (102) miles to Mackinaw City HSYour DALMAC culminates today with classic views of Walloon Lake, Petoskey/Bay View, Harbor Springs, the “Tunnel of Trees”, Goodhart, and Cross Village.
The "Mighty Mac"
The Mackinac Bridge is one of the world's longest suspension bridges, spanning the Straits of Mackinac for a total of five miles and linking Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas. DALMAC riders are given special permission to ride bicycles across the bridge.
* Only the 5 East and 5 UP routes cross the bridge.
The bridge crossing is Sunday morning between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Riders must begin crossing by 10 a.m. in order to be off the bridge by 11 a.m. Registered DALMAC riders from 5 West and 4 West routes may participate in the bridge crossing if they choose to skip their route on Sunday and provide their own transportation to the bridge and then back afterwards to Mackinaw City.
Weather conditions may impact the bridge crossing, as determined by the Bridge Authority. Please attend your group's Saturday evening meeting for updates and bridge crossing information. Riders are subject to all rules and regulations as determined by the Mackinac Bridge Authority.
- Total length: 26,371'
- Longest span: 3,799'
- Total height: 551'
- Height above water: 200' (mid span)
- Construction started: May 7, 1954
- Opened: November 1, 1957
Commemorate your DALMAC experience
Merchandise is available for purchase when you register for DALMAC. No clothing orders accepted after June 30. A very limited amount will be available for purchase at check-in.
Jersey - $50
This years jersey is based upon a painting by renowned local artist Barb Hranilovich, and evokes the golden age of cycling in the art nouveau style. The jersey is a Primal Wear sport cut, the same as last year. It offers a slightly relaxed fit and a full front zipper. Please check the sizing chart to ensure proper fit. For a looser fit please order one size larger.
Sizing Guide for Jerseys:
Women's Jerseys are sized the same but are 1-1/2 inches shorter and have no elastic at bottom.
|XX Large||42-45||47-49||210-240||74” +|
|XXX Large||46-50||50-52||240+||74” +|
For a looser fit, please order one size up.
Sweatshirt - $40
The DALMAC sweat shirt is a navy blue, full zippered, crew necked shirt, with artwork from this years design embroidered on the left chest. It has a relaxed fit.
T-Shirt - $20
This years T-shirt is a tech style wicking shirt. These shirts are designed to fit snugly in order to wick moisture away. Please order a larger size if you desire a loose fitting garment. It will be a heathered navy blue tech tee with the full color graphic from the jersey. As soon as we have a mockup and size charts they will be posted.
Poster - $2
A DALMAC 2015 poster commemorating our 45th year will be for sale at rider Check-in. The size is 17x22 inches.
Registration begins Feb. 14 at noon and ends July 31
Absolutely no day of event applications! There is no waitlist.
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Important Documents (download and print)
- DALMAC Information Packet - Essential document for registered riders
- Liability Waiver for Minors - Both parents to sign
- Liability Waiver - For riders to sign
All riders must be present at check-in to receive wrist bands and packet, and sign a liability waiver. Each rider is required to bring a photo ID. It's also recommended to bring a copy of your Registration/Email Confirmation.
- 5 Day Routes and Quint Option: Tuesday, September 1 from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, September 2 from 7 -9 a.m.
- 4 Day West Route: Wednesday, September 2 from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday, September 3, from 7-9 a.m.
Ride Release and Liability Waiver
Each rider and non-rider participant will be required to sign a Ride Release and Liability Waiver at registration. This will release Tri-County Bicycle Association, any sponsor or promoter of the captioned event, all affiliated organizations and the principals, officers, employees or other agents of any of them, from all and every claim for bodily injury, property damage, contribution and/or legal liability of any kind or nature whatsoever.
For riders under the age of 18 a DALMAC indemnification agreement (waiver) signed by BOTH parents/guardians is required. This form will require the parents/guardians to designate an adult who will ride with the minor on the route. Riders under the age of 18 must be accompanied by their parent or responsible adult who must ride with them.
Riders acknowledge their responsibility to adhere to all rules of DALMAC when they apply for any DALMAC route. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in termination of their participation. We reserve the right to reject future applications or remove riders from the tour without refund for violations of the DALMAC rules.
The DALMAC® tour name and logo are trademarks of the Tri-County Bicycle Association and may be used only for official purposes. They may not be placed on clothing, advertising, or souvenir items not authorized by TCBA. Similarly, the use of the DALMAC® name or logo for private fundraising efforts is strictly prohibited.
Cancellations and Refunds
Riders enrolling online will receive Email Confirmation with a LINK to Review, Change, Cancel their enrollment. This allows riders to make corrections to personal and contact information, to change the route for which they have enrolled (subject to route capacity), and to purchase clothing and return transportation (subject to deadline restrictions). Participants will also be able to cancel their enrollment, subject to processing fees and stated deadlines.
Cancellation requests from riders enrolling by mail must be in writing, signed by the rider, and accompanied by their Registration Confirmation letter.
DALMAC makes arrangements and expenditures on the strength of the number of entries received and accepted. Requests postmarked or electronically processed by July 1 will be subject to a fee of $25. Cancellation requests postmarked or electronically processed July 2 through July 31 will incur a fee of $45. Absolutely no refunds will be made after July 31, 2015.