I live in SE Michigan, and am looking for long distance events somewhere in my area. I note that there are a number of Randonnees listed in the 2013 Randonnees thread located in Ohio, but nothing in Michigan. Besides, my longest ride to-date is only 38 miles and I'm not quite yet to the Randonee level.
I know of one charity event in the area (the Tour de Cure), but was hoping to find something more along the line of train, pay your entry fee and ride. I'll be attending the Amishland and Lakes tour again this year, which has both 63 and 100 mile routes. However my wife is going with me, and she's the kind of cyclist that considers coasting as a perfectly acceptable way of completing a ride! I hate to leave her to her own devices while I head out to do a metric or full century!
So what other resources should I be looking at to find organized distance events? I know that I can just head out from my house in any direction and turn around at the half-way point, but part of the fun is participating with a bunch of other cyclists.
Thanks for any advice.