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Tour de Troit, Michigan’s largest bike ride, expects more than 7,500 cyclists

That’s a lot of bikes

Michelle & Chris Gerard

The 15th annual Tour de Troit will be held on Saturday, September 17. Last year’s ride saw 7,500 cyclists, and this year the organizers are expecting more.

Here is this year's route map.

The starting location of this year’s ride is Roosevelt Park in Corktown. The 30-mile ride will begin at 9 a.m. and will pass through several city neighborhoods before concluding at Roosevelt Park. The ride goes down Rosa Parks, east down Chicago, south down John R, down Milwaukee and Grand Boulevard, south down Mt. Elliot to East Vernor, then south down Iroquois. Riders will then ride down Lafayette and around Belle Isle, then back downtown along Larned, then to West Jefferson back up to Roosevelt Park.

Expect road closures throughout the morning.

The 62-mile metric century ride for advanced riders will start between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

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.

Riders can also do the international Bike the Bridge ride October 9. The ride is limited to 750 people, and a valid passport is required.