Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Livonia, MI (suburban Detroit)
Bikes: 2013 Specialized Seceur Elite, Soma ES custom build
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Coming in late here, but I can also strongly recommend the Tour De Troit. I've done it every year for the last four years, and have had a great time every year. This year was a completely closed course, with over 5,000 riders. Only two minor downsides from this year's format - the occasional congestion that ialtqq mentioned, and if anything delayed you (like a flat or something) the course could be re-opened to vehicular traffic while you were still on it. My wife is not the fastest rider, and stopped to offer aid to a lady who had fallen on Belle Isle before a SAG team go to her. This combination put us into the SAG stop on Belle Isle late, and by the time we got back on the route, we were in traffic. I wouldn't have hesitated to catch up to the pack, but my wife is really nervous about riding in traffic, so we hopped on the River Walk after coming off Belle Isle and made our way back to the start at Roosevelt park. No big deal, but could have been for suburbanites not familiar with, or uncomfortable in, the city.