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DALMAC - 2023 Photo Contest

Is a free DALMAC in 2024 in your future? Your photo could help you win! Submit your DALMAC 2023 photos to our photo contest

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“This was a magical time for me, feeling the wind on my face and remembering how I felt as a kid again.”

DALMAC - Dick Allen Lansing to MACkinaw bike ride

Gorgeous scenery, varied terrain, and amazing vistas greet DALMAC riders on every route. This family-friendly, all-ages, supported bike tour is a must-do for any bicyclist. Each route varies in distance providing just the right challenge for all cyclists whether beginner or experienced, relaxed paced or speedy On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the week before Labor Day each year, cyclists load their bags on trucks in East Lansing, MI, or points beyond, and begin riding one of the 6 routes to Mackinaw City. Most camp in school yards where local organizations provide meals in school cafeterias. The event provides an appreciated source of revenue to schools, athletic teams, band boosters, small businesses, and community groups all along each route and in host towns. Riders look forward to finding and re-visiting favorite breweries, ice cream shops, beaches, scenic venues, lunch stops, stores, rest stops, and host town venues that add to the revenue of communities, organizations, churches, convenience stores, and small businesses. Riders enjoy many lesser traveled roadways, and Michigan's varied scenery. Michigan's terrain is mostly rolling, but at least one hill provides a long-talked-about challenge. All routes finish by 6 p.m. on Sunday evening. Some riders are met by family or friends for the return trip, while others choose to pre-purchase a ticket to load their bicycles on the baggage trucks and return to their original departure point on chartered buses. Many riders return year after year to enjoy DALMAC and we are so glad that you do! Thank you for riding DALMAC!!!


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.

2023 is the 52nd 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.


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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 52nd year in 2023. 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).

Award Winning!
DALMAC was honored as the recipient of the Govenor’s Fitness Awards, Govenor’s Council Extraordinary Event Award.

Established in 1975, has granted over $1.5 million to promote bicycling in Michigan.  For more info visit this website.

DALMAC is an all-volunteer event staffed by members of the Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA) of Lansing, MI.