Health + Fitness

Need a challenge? Try a 150-mile bike ride across Michigan

Start your bicycle training now. And save a little money by registering before Sunday for the 150-mile One Day Ride Across Michigan.

The endurance event also known as ODRAM will challenge your biking mettle with a coast-to-coast ride from Montague to Bay City — in a single day on Saturday, Aug. 18. Riders typically start before sunrise and finish in the evening, in time for dinner at the finish line in the Bay City State Recreation Area. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome, but organizers suggest you be trained enough — or sturdy enough — to spend ten hours or more in your bike’s saddle. Road bikes, for their speed, are recommended, but all types participate. Last year’s event drew 119 riders.

Registration is $30 before Sunday, then increases to $40 through Aug. 1. Then it’s $50 up to ride day. Proceeds raised by the ride benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride to Cure program.

You can arrange all your own transportation to the start and back from the finish, or, for another $35 you can buy a ticket for a bus ride for you and your bike from Bay City back to your car in Montague.

Unless you’re brave enough to ride back yourself on Sunday morning.

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Tom Gromak
Tom Gromak is the Director of Digital Innovation for The Detroit News. In that position, he is responsible for maintenance and management of the newspaper's online web and mobile platforms.