Pedal Across Lower Michigan (PALM) Bike Tour Begins in Norton Shores

Experience the Thrill of the PALM Bike Tour at Mona Shores High School on June 22!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 22, when the Pedal Across Lower Michigan (PALM) Bike Tour starts its 2024 tour at Mona Shores High School in Norton Shores. This event will be a highlight for cycling enthusiasts and families alike, as approximately 400 to 500 riders will converge on the high school grounds, ready to share their love of cycling and the open road.

What is PALM?
The PALM Bike Tour is a fantastic opportunity for cyclists of all ages and skill levels to explore the scenic beauty of Michigan. Starting near Lake Michigan, this week-long tour covers 30-60 miles per day, leading riders through picturesque landscapes, cultural landmarks, and historic sites. PALM is designed for novice and intermediate cyclists, perfect for family outings and leisurely rides. With optional longer routes for seasoned riders, including a challenging century ride, there’s something for everyone.

PALM at Mona Shores High School
On June 22, the tour participants will arrive at Mona Shores High School, where they will set up camp for the night. This stop is more than just a rest point; it’s a chance to meet fellow cycling enthusiasts, share stories, and enjoy a sense of community. The high school’s athletic fields will transform into a campsite, with nearby shower and toilet facilities to ensure everyone’s comfort. A pre-ride on Saturday takes the riders for a close to 17-mile pre-ride. On Sunday, June 23, the official 45-mile ride from Mona Shores High School to Newaygo High School.

Why Participate in PALM?
Family-Friendly: PALM is geared towards families, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for riders of all ages. Children under 16 must ride with a parent or guardian, making it a great family bonding activity. All riders are required to sign a participation waiver.

Not a Race: PALM emphasizes the social and recreational aspects of cycling. It is about enjoying the journey rather than racing to the finish line.

Supportive Environment: SAG (Support and Gear) vehicles provide assistance along the route, ensuring that help is always available if needed.

Community Spirit: Meet new people, make friends, and be part of a supportive cycling community.

How to Join
PALM is open to all cyclists who can ride 40-50 miles a day for six days. With a cap of 700 participants, early registration is encouraged. Friends and families can register to ride their bicycles across the state from June 22-28. Registration covers overnight camping, baggage transport, mapped routes, a t-shirt, and a celebratory lunch at the end of the tour.

Register Now!
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore Michigan by bike. Visit the PALM website for more details and to secure your spot. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a family looking for a fun adventure, the PALM Bike Tour offers an unforgettable experience.

Join us on June 22 at Mona Shores High School and be part of a memorable cycling journey across Michigan. Embrace the adventure, enjoy the camaraderie, and pedal your way to new horizons with PALM. See you on the road!

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