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Tour de Tart in Two Weeks

Sat, Jul  14, 2007 - By Missy Luyk

Are you ready to hit the trails for an evening ride to Suttons Bay! Now in its 7th year, Tour de TART – a one-way bike ride from Traverse City to Suttons Bay – will take place Friday, July 27. Celebrate this rural trail corridor connecting these two northern Michigan communities and experience parts of Leelanau County that you can’t see from the road!

Starting anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., riders will enjoy snacks along the 19-mile ride and a bayside meal at the Suttons Bay Marina, and then can relax on a bus ride back home. Bus service begins at 7:30 p.m. and the last bus departs at 10:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is encouraged and can be done online at (for a small fee), or pick up a registration form at the TART office (232 E. Front St. in downtown Traverse City) or at local bike shops. Day of ride registration is also available from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

THE COURSE: Heading out from McLain Cycle at 750 East Eighth Street in Traverse City, cyclists will ride on the TART and Leelanau trails to the Suttons Bay Marina. Twelve miles are paved and seven miles unpaved (hard-packed, two-track). The flat course is suitable for cyclists of all abilities and ages.

Again this year, we will be offering special transportation for Suttons Bay area participants. A bus (and truck for bikes) will leave the Suttons Bay Marina promptly at 4:00 p.m. and drop riders at event check-in in Traverse City.

So what are you waiting for? Join the other two hundred people who have already signed up! We are planning on 500 riders, so ensure your spot by signing up now at

Take care,

Missy Luyk, Trail Program Specialist
TART Trails, Inc.
Office: 232 E. Front Street in downtown Traverse City
Mail: PO Box 252, Traverse City, MI 49685