Biking Across Michigan For Kids With Diabetes

Aug 3, 2017

The "pace line" at a previous ODRAM event
Credit Tom Scheidel

Registration is still open for Third Coast Cycling's One-Day Ride Across Michigan. The League of Michigan Bicyclists started the annual event in the 1980's. Third Coast Cycling took over in 2009. One of the bike ride's organizers, Tom Scheidel, says it's gotten better over the last eight years.

"I think our first ride had a little less than a hundred people that actually participated, and this year we're going to have between 400 and 500 people riding."

Scheidel says there are some resources available for new riders.

"There is, on Facebook, we have a group called the ODRAM Riders Hub. So it's a great resource, a great place for people to go and get some of those questions answered."

The annual event raises money for research on juvenile diabetes. Scheidel says the ride has raised more than $2 million for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to date.

"People know that it’s for a good cause, and it's a great day. Spending all day on a bicycle is just one of the best things you can do."

The ride starts August 12 in Montague on the shore of Lake Michigan. It will end 150 miles later in Bay City. Online registration is open until August 10. Last-minute riders can register on the day of the event for an extra charge.

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