DALMAC is just around the corner!
Well, DALMAC’s start for the 5 Day routes, August 31st, seems like a long way off. With all this rainy weather we’ve had lately, I’m not so sure it’s a long way off. And, the 4 Day West route starts September 1st. That’s less than 120 days away!
We are forging ahead with preparations for DALMAC. The 5 Day West route is full. The other routes, 5 Day East, 4 Day West, 3 Day East, 2 Day East and 2 Day Trail, all currently have openings.
DALMAC swag and product sales end June 30th. Registration closes July 31st for all routes.
We are arranging a shower truck for the Elk Rapids overnight site. The Elk Rapids High School is scheduled to have its locker rooms remodeled this fall, so they will not be available. We’re expecting the Elk Rapids bus to be back in operation this year, taking riders to their favorite Elk Rapids establishments.
The 5 Day West route into Charlevoix is changing to limit the need to cross US 131.
We also expect a return to the old route into Mackinaw City. Reconstruction work on East Wilderness Park Road should be completed this Spring. We’ll be checking out Lakeview Road, which connects Lake Shore Drive and Gill Road, to make sure it is rideable. This means everyone will miss the “bliss” by not riding through Bliss. 😊
The availability for purchase of return bus service from Mackinaw City to one of the DALMAC starting points ends July 31st. Don’t wait until the last minute. If you need return transportation to your route’s starting point, get it scheduled before it is too late.
This will be our first year riding without Dick Allen, DALMAC’s founder. Let’s honor Dick by wearing the 2016 DALMAC jersey (if you have it), the jersey with Dick’s character on it, your first day of riding.
Lastly, our tent service contractor still has openings. I must tell you, it’s really nice to have someone else worry about putting up and taking down the tent!
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).