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What Is DALMAC®?
DALMAC has 5-day/4-day routes and starts the Wed/Thu before Labor Day
DALMAC is Michiganís great end-of-summer bike ride. Cap off a summer season of riding with a camping bicycle tour that winds up north from Michigan State Universityís beautiful campus up through the rolling farms of central Michigan through up north lake country on Labor Day Weekend. The DALMAC routes include a West route that travels through central and western lower peninsula including the picturesque towns and sweeping vistas of the northern coastline of Michigan. For the adventurous, there are century distance add-ons that add in a few more of northern Michiganís wonderful small towns before ending up at the Westís camping destination for the evening. The traditional 5-Day route follows a similar path as the West route, with an extra day to enjoy the sights. The East route climbs to the famous Houghton/Higgins Lakes area and concludes with a Mackinac Bridge bike ride, a spectacular and breathtaking ride over the "Mighty Mac", before ending in St Ignace. The 5-UP route also includes a crossing of the Mackinac Bridge but continues on through the Upper Peninsula to finish at Sault Ste. Marie.
The DALMAC was founded by Dick Allen, a longtime state senator, who wanted to prove that bicycles could peacefully coexist with car-loving Michiganís autos on our scenic roads. Itís grown into one of the best bike tours in the state, if not the country! The DALMAC helps support the DALMAC Fund, which grants monies to applicants for bicycling safety, bicycling advocacy and more each year.
Yes, DALMAC is a camping tour. There should be no surprise, with up to 500 riders on each of 4 routes, as that's a lot of people needing overnight accomodations. Fortunately, DALMAC has made arrangements with friendly communtities to use schoolyards where riders can camp.
Tents, bedding, other belongings are carried along the route in 1 or 2 bags (45 lb. max. each) on baggage trucks. Riders load their bags in the morning and retrieve their bags at the next overnight destination.
Two meals are provided at each campsite: an evening meal following the ride, and a morning meal prior to the next days ride. Meals are not provided along the route. Exception: when food is unavailable for extended distances (more than 15-20 miles), a foodstop is arranged along the route.
Returning to East Lansing
Riders needing transportation back to East Lansing may purchase bus tickets when they apply for DALMAC. Bus tickets are not available after July 31. Rider's bicycles are brought back to East Lansing on the baggage trucks.
5-UP, 5-Day, 5-Day East - $230 / Preteen $185
4-Day West - $200 / Preteen $155
(Preteen is 12 or less)
Late Application Fee of $25 after July 1.
Third Party Services
The following are companies that will provide additional services to DALMAC riders for a fee.
- Shuttleguy (services for 5-UP & 5-Day routes: chair; towel; and tent, mattress, etc.)
Padre's Cycle Inn (camping, towel,
& chair services for both 5-Day East and 4-Day West)
- Michigan Cycling Charters (hotel shuttle, & campsite tent, cooler, chair services for 5-Day East route only.)
- Creative Wellness (Sports massage therapy services at camp sites on all routes.)