Aug 29 - Sept 22018 Edition
Multiple Routes2 - 5 day options
Routes LimitedHurry up, register!
Pure Bikingin Pure Michigan!
The 48th Annual!
The Dick Allen Lansing to MACkinaw Bicycle Tour is Michigan’s annual epic end-of-summer bicycle camping tour.
Multiple routes wind northward through the countryside and quaint small towns, from East Lansing (4 and 5 day routes), Gladwin (3 East route), Grayling (2 East route), and Wolverine (2 Trail route), culminating with a fun finish in Mackinaw City. Each route varies in distance providing just the right challenge for all cyclists.
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.
The DALMAC Fund, established in 1975, has granted over $1 million to promote bicycling in Michigan. For more info visit this Webpage.
- Multiple routes to choose from with 2-5 day options
- Quad Century options on the 4 Day West
- All routes finish in Mackinaw City*
*The Mackinac Bridge Authority has suspended indefinitely all pedestrian (and bicycle) events from crossing the bridge other than the annual bridge walk.
CLICK PIC for an overview of the Route Map. For full details on all DALMAC routes please refer to the DALMAC Handbook
4 & 5 Day Routes
Our classic 4 & 5 day 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 small Michigan communities offering opportunities for rest, refreshments, and exploration.
- 5 West - MSU start on Wednesday (338/354 miles)
- 5 East - MSU start on Wednesday (284/311 miles)
- 4 Day West - MSU start on Thursday (314 miles), Quad Century option (412)
2 & 3 Day Routes
DALMAC is excited to offer these options for riders whose schedule or preference better suits a weekend ride. The 2 and 3 day routes join in with other routes farther north.
- 3 East - Gladwin start on Friday (167/194 miles)
- 2 East - Grayling start on Saturday (102/129 miles)
- NEW! 2 Trail - Wolverine start on Saturday (53 miles)
- 5 West, 5 East - $275 / Preteen $200
- 4 Day West - $230 / Preteen $155
- 3 East - $180 / Preteen $125
- 2 East - $135 / Preteen $100
- 2 Trail - $135 / Preteen $100
- (Preteen is age 12 or less)
All prices increase by $25 after June 30
DALMAC has utilized the Ride with GPS online system so that you can download the route files for use on your mobile GPS device. Links for this years routes are below.
Routes and mileage are subject to change.
338 or 354 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 route, 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.
79 miles to Elk Rapids HSOn Friday you will ride north through cherry and apple tree country for an overnight at Elk Rapids High School.
60 / 76 miles to Petoskey HSThe optional shorter alternative has you riding a route to Charlevoix, then taking the Little Traverse Wheelway (paved trail) to Petoskey. The more conventional route goes up and around the top of Elk Lake and then down around the bottom of Torch Lake to the quaint lakeside town of Alden. More beautiful Torch Lake shoreline, then on to East Jordan, home of "The Wall", and Boyne City. A final climb takes you up to your finish in Petoskey.
38 / 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, Good Hart, and Cross Village are just bonuses. Enjoy!
284 or 311 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. A great choice for first time DALMAC'ers.
61 miles to Alma HSYour ride today will take you through Michigan farmlands with a finish at Alma High School.
56 miles to Gladwin HSMore farmlands but also the city of Mt Pleasant, the home of Central Michigan University. Go Chips!
65 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.
26 / 53 miles to Mackinaw City HS
On Sunday you have choices: a short 17 mile ride to Mackinaw City (and maybe an optional trip to Mackinac Island) or a 65 mile ride, journeying to Good Hart and Cross Village before heading to Mackinaw.
314 or 412 total milesThe classic 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.
73 / 109 miles to Vestaburg HSAfter leaving MSU, you will ride through Dewitt, Maple Rapids, and Alma before taking the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail to Vestaburg.
74 / 100 miles to McBain/Northern Christian SchoolAfter passing through Farwell you'll encounter some rolling hills around Lake George, a great place for your lunch stop.
96 / 101 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.
Commemorate your DALMAC experience
For Purchase When Registering
Size charts and full details can be found in the DALMAC Handbook.
The Hi-Vis 2018 DALMAC Primal and FloraVelo jerseys and Tech Shirts brightly depict the exciting experience of the epic end of-summer bicycle tour that makes DALMAC so renowned. Beautiful scenery, wildlife, sunrises, sunsets, camaraderie, great riding, and adventure accompany riders from Lansing all the way to Michigan’s iconic Mighty Mac Bridge.
Men's Sport Cut Jersey - $65
The jersey is a Primal Wear sport cut, the same as last year. It offers a slightly relaxed fit, and a full front zipper. For a looser fit, please order one size larger.
Women's Sport Cut Jersey - $65
Women's Jerseys are sized the same as the men's but are 1-1/2 inches shorter and have no elastic at bottom.
Women's FloraVelo Sleeveless Jersey - $65
For 2018, DALMAC is excited to again offer women’s tank-top style jerseys by FloraVelo. These jerseys run true to size and are very flattering and fun, not just for on the bike, but for trail, town, and beyond.
Women's FloraVelo Long Sleeve Jersey - $70
FloraVelo’s new Long Sleeve Lite jersey! All the great features, fabrics, comfort, and fit of the sleeveless FloraVelo jersey - in long sleeves! (no back pockets)
Primal Arm Warmers - $33
Primal Arm Warmers are buillt using Traverso fabric: optimized for freezing temperatures, yet versatile enough for up to 75 degrees F.
Unisex Primal Technical Short Sleeve Shirt - $30
Wow, check out the cool, uniquely DALMAC artwork on this awesome unisex tech short sleeve shirt from Primal! Constructed from supremely comfortable, lightweight Bastien Melange fabric that provides extra protection
DALMAC Red Cap - $15
We are offering a baseball cap for our riders to don when they are not riding. This light-weight microfiber cap will look great with the DALMAC logo proudly displayed for all to see. The cap is Royal Blue with reflective trim so you will be seen day or night.
SWAG T-Shirt - FREE
We are excited to share this fun, uniquely DALMAC iconic design on a bright red T-shirt for the 2018 give-away.
No clothing orders accepted after June 30. A very limited amount will be available for purchase at check-in.
Third Party Services
Additional fees apply
You are responsible for ensuring that you have contracted for the applicable service on your chosen route.
- Bubba's Pampered Pedalers - tent, chair, and towel services for 5 East, 3 East, 2 East, 2 Trail, & 4 Day West routes
- Michigan Cycling Charters - hotel shuttle service; luggage transport, tent setup, cooler, chair services for 5 West route
- Creative Wellness - sports massage therapy services at overnight sites on all routes
- Bikeflights.com - bicycle shipping service
Riders are encouraged to purchase cancellation insurance offered by TicketGuardian at registration time through Race Roster. See the DALMAC Handbook for more details.
What and how should I pack?A tent would be a good idea since it’s a bicycle camping tour! Seriously though, here’s a recommended Packing List (pdf). Duffel bags or large sports bags work best for packing (no plastic bags, storage totes, or cardboard boxes). There is a limit of two (2) bags per person, and no bag may exceed 45lbs. Tip: create a water barrier for anything in your bags that needs to stay dry, either by using ziploc bags or garbage bags, as even dew soaked tents make for very wet piles of baggage in the trucks.
How are the routes marked?With a DALMAC arrow, a yellow D with a directional arrow, like D>.
How will I charge my cell phone?One of our volunteers designed and built some awesome standup boards with multiple pockets and outlets that will be setup at each overnight site.
What does SAG stand for?"SAG" (most commonly written in all uppercase) may derive from a rider "sagging" off the back of the group, or it may be an acronym (or a backronym) for "Support And Gear" or "Support Aid Group." In any case just know that our SAG drivers are out driving the routes to assist riders in need. Tap your hand on top of your head to signal them to stop, or give them a thumbs-up to tell them all is well.
Can I register just for meals? Or just for the ride with no meals?No, neither. There is no provision for riders to pay a partial fee. For Private Support Vehicle and occupant options see the DALMAC Handbook.
If a route is full can I add my name to a waitlist?Sorry, but once a route is full it is closed and no spaces ‘open up’ due to cancellations, so there is no waitlist.
I'm not riding, can I just buy merchandise?Items are only availabe for pre-purchase during the registraton process. There will be a limited number of these items for sale during rider check-in times at MSU.
Can I have someone else pick up my registration packet ?No, all riders must be present at check-in to receive wrist-bands, their packet, and sign a liability waiver. Pictured ID required.
I can't ride the first day(s), can I join in elsewhere on the route ?Sure, just find the Route Coordinator at an overnight site (look for canopy) and check-in there as they will have your registration packet.
How do I (sigh) cancel ?
P.O. Box 22146
Lansing, MI 48909-2146
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Online registration is through Race Roster. For registration questions please contact us as listed in this section.
Registration Starts March 1 and Ends July 31
Absolutely no day of event applications! There is no waitlist.
For complete DALMAC details please refer to the
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Important Document (download and print)
- DALMAC Rider Info Packet - Essential Document for registered riders
All riders must be present at check-in to receive wrist bands and packet, and sign a liability waiver.
- 5 Day Routes: MSU - Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday from 7-9 a.m.
- 4 Day West: MSU - Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. and Thursday from 7-9 a.m.
- 3 East: Gladwin High School - Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 7-9 a.m.
- 2 East: Grayling High School - Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 7-9 a.m.
- 2 Trail: Wolverine High School - Friday from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 7-9 a.m.
Cancellations and Refunds
After registering you will receive a Confirmation Email. Changes or cancellations can be processed by Contacting Us. Missing your confirmation? Let us know and we will resend it.
Refer to the DALMAC Handbook for complete details.
DALMAC donates 1$ of each registration to the League of Michigan Bicyclists toward their mission of promoting bicycling and safety of bicyclists on the roadway in Michigan.
- New Online Registration Provider for 2018Registration has Closed!