DALMAC is less than 30 days away! Yahoo!
DALMAC planning is in full swing, and we are almost ready!
Jerseys, T-Shirts, and all the swag have been ordered. Buses, trucks, and Sag vehicles have also been ordered. Schools are getting ready for us.
The 5 West riders will enjoy a shower truck in Elk Rapids while the high school is undergoing major renovations. If you don’t like shower trucks, the lake is nearby. No, I’m not telling you go “go jump in a lake”! But that’s an option. 😊
A new “old” route out of the MSU Pavilion. Kalamazoo Street in Lansing is closed for construction. Everyone will leave through the Pavilion’s south entrance, turn right on Forrest Road, then right on Aurelius/Clemens, and head north through Lansing. Most of Forest and Aurelius/Clemens has been recently repaved.
Same new “old” route into Mackinaw City. The road north of Cross Village hasn’t been repaved. Consequently, the West routes will turn east in Cross Village, ride through Bliss, and then north to Cecil Bay Corners and find new pavement on Wilderness Trail heading into Mackinaw City.
The East road routes into Mackinaw City will also change, turning left on Gill Road at Carp Lake, to Cecil Bay Road, joining the West riders, and heading into Mackinaw City on Wilderness Trail.
The 2-Day Trail route will not be affected by the road construction on US 23.
The pandemic won’t quit. Mask mandates may be required in some places. DALMAC volunteers/riders must comply with any new mandates. Be prepared. Any rider riding in a SAG vehicle will be required to wear a mask. So, be prepared and bring your favorite mask.
As I draft this announcement, I’m in quarantine with Covid. While it is much less virulent than last year’s strains, it needs to be respected.
While it is very unlikely, there is still a small possibility we could be forced to cancel or modify DALMAC due to the pandemic. If any school or town has a significant COVID outbreak before DALMAC, we could lose our welcome and need to cancel a route.
Keep riding and get ready to pack! DALMAC will be here before you know it. 😊
Little did then-state Rep. Dick Allen know that an upstart ride in 1971 from Michigan’s capitol to the Mackinac Bridge would evolve into one of the state’s longest-running multi-day bike tours.
2022 is the 51st Dick Allen Lansing to MACkinaw Bicycle Tour! The DALMAC is Michigan’s annual, fully supported, epic end-of-summer bicycle camping tour. Routes wind northward from Michigan State University on country roads and through quaint small towns, ending in historic and beautiful Mackinaw City.
Whether you are new to cycling or an old hand, there are adventures to be had, friendships to be made, and hills to climb.
DALMAC is one of the oldest, lowest cost, all-volunteer-run bicycling tours in the country, celebrating its 51st year in 2022. DALMAC is about the fun of bicycling and sharing the roads! DALMAC originated in 1971 when former state Rep. Dick Allen challenged his friends, colleagues, and constituents to “ride all the way to the bridge” to prove that bikes and cars could share Michigan roads safely. DALMAC seeks 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. DALMAC is organized and staffed by volunteers of the Lansing-based Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA).