Climate Ride Midwest spans three states and connects two vibrant cities, while exploring some of the best cycling in the country. From the exciting trip start in Grand Rapids, MI – one of Bicycling Magazine’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities, home to the world’s largest art competition, and known as the “Beer City” due to its many craft breweries – to the triumphant arrival in Chicago, the new Climate Ride Midwest will challenge, inspire, and surprise you as you pedal and connect with 100 other interesting climate and bicycle heroes.
On Climate Ride Midwest you’ll spend four days cycling through Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois on a scenic journey that explores the back roads of Lake Michigan. You’ll discover amazing scenery, stay at comfortable retreats and classic summer camps, and experience the thrill of touring by bicycle with a community united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles – the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.
During the trip, we’ll travel on Michigan’s 2,600 miles of multi-use trails, riding past historic lighthouses, blueberry farms, quaint artist villages, wineries, cider houses, and craft breweries. We’ll also visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore before pedaling on paved rail-trails to a bicycle path on Lake Michigan that affords stunning views of Chicago’s dramatic skyline. This last 6-mile stretch leads us to downtown Chicago’s lakefront – for the ride end. Evening programs and dynamic speakers combine with world-class cycling to make this charitable event exciting, informative, and fun.
Climate Ride takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 60-80 miles per day of carefully planned routes on back roads that meander through the countryside. It’s challenging yet doable, and you have all day to make it to the next overnight location. The Climate Ride support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and unforgettable.
If you would like to book hotels along the route, or bus service to and from the ride, please contact our partner Alpine Cycle Connection. Visit their website to learn more about the hotels and services offered.