This Sunday (October 13) cyclists will pedal from one country to another across the Ambassador Bridge as part of the Bike the Bridge event. This year, however, it will be under new leadership. The former organizers of Bike the Bridge have turned to Tour de Troit to plan the international cycling event.
“Bike the Bridge is a complicated event to organize,” Mary Grant, one of the original organizers. “After four years it was time to find professional organizers to take it on and Tour de Troit has a reputation for well-coordinated group rides. I look forward to seeing this unique event grow and evolve over the years under the organization of Tour de Troit.”
The ride begins in Clark Park, and from there will cross the 1.6 miles across the bridge into the land of the maple leaf, and then back across to Detroit. The tour will then travel around the surrounding parts of the Motor City for a total of 20 miles all together. When the whole trip, which starts at 9 a.m., ends back at Clark Park there will be a boxed lunch from Armando’s Mexican Restaurant waiting for the touring bike riders.
“We were very flattered when we were approached earlier this year about assuming the management responsibilities for the ‘Bike the Bridge’ event,” said Vittoria Katanski, co-director, Tour de Troit. “Over the last four years they have done a great job of cultivating the ride, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to be instrumental in helping to grow this event just as we’ve able to do with our other programming. We have established a unique calendar of running and cycling events, and ‘Bike the Bridge’ is a great addition.”
Unfortunately, for any late comers registration is closed. The 150-rider total has been reached, and due to the international nature no same day registrations would be possible since custom regulations, which require proof of an enhanced driver’s license or passport, would be necessary.
The first “Bike the Bridge” was in 2009, and is already in the planning for 2014. Next year’s will begin in Windsor and will allow for more riders.
Tour de Troit has been busy. On September 21 a record number of 6,000 cyclists participated in the 12th annual Tour de Troit bike ride, the organization’s signature event. In May the organization presented Cycle Into Spring, which brought 500 riders. In March, the organization hosted the inaugural Run Du Nain Rouge, which brought 400 runners. In February, the organization held the first-ever Paczki Run in Hamtramck and that drew more than 1,200 runners. In January, 85 bicyclists participated in the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bike Ride.