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Bulldog Bike Tour

Event Description - Bulldog Bike Tour

Bike Tour

Bulldog Bike Tour

June 29, 2013

The Bulldog Bike Tour is a great biking adventure for both families, single riders, and group riders to enjoy the wonderful scenery of rural Mecosta County while helping to support student scholarships.  Leaving the Student Recreation Center (SRC) on the Ferris State University (FSU) campus, all routes wind throughout beautiful Mecosta County on excellent paved roads, passing by farms, scenic lakes, and through quaint villages. The first few miles all routes feature the paved White Pine Trail, northern Michigan’s premier rails-to-trail. The scenic terrain varies from flat to rolling with a few challenging hills on the longer routes. So come, ride, relax, and enjoy all that this area has to offer.

Five Routes

The routes offer an option of 10, 23, 40, 55, or 100 miles.  The routes were selected after reviewing the MDOT Road Bicycling Guide Map and feedback from the Mecosta County Road Commission - the goal was paved roads that are the lowest in traffic volume and in the best pavement condition - while also touring through those areas which are the most scenic. Routes are available on mapmyride.com.  You may visit the site by following this link:  mapmyride.com

Solo riders looking for others to ride with, please contact Kelly Seitter (information below) to be grouped with other similar riders for the event.

 Fees:   Your registration fee includes lunch following the ride, event T-shirt, foodstops with high-energy snacks and drinks, and showers available.

Register by June 10:    • Individual - $50

After June 10:   • Individual - $70  NOTE:  No t-shirt if registering after June 10.  Register before June 20 to be eligible for the post-ride meal.

Follow this link to pay by credit card

Bike Jersey

Bulldog Bike Jersey

The deadline for ordering the jersey in time for the event has passed.   An additional order will be placed on July 1 with an 8-week processing time.  Please contact Kelly Seitter (contact information below) for more information. 

First time ever available - Ferris State University Bicycle Jersey!  Top quality jersey custom designed by Louis Garneau!   

New design for 2013!  A first-ever Ferris State Bulldogs Cycling Jersey:   • S thru XL - $75   • XXL and XXXL - $80  Click here for a size chart

We are ordering the "Performance Fit."

Extra Meals

 Non-rider meal - $10  (pre-ordered by June 20) 


Click on the registration link above to sign up for the event.

Note: Register each rider separately.

Tour Details


• Well-marked roads on all routes.
• Detailed route maps provided.
• Roving SAG support for emergencies.
• Food stops with toilet facilities.
• Post-ride lunch.
• Showers at FSU Student Recreation Center.
• Bike techs available morning of tour for last-minute help at reasonable rates.

Tour Food Stops:

Great food on all routes. Rest stops on longer routes are spaced 20-30 miles apart, most with a scenic view. Local specialties will be featured. Each rest stop has toilet facilities.

Post-Ride Meal:
NOTE:  You must register before June 20 to be eligible for the meal!

Lunch will be served by Catering from noon until 5:30 p.m.  Note: There will be a drawing for prizes at the lunch.

The lunch is included in the rider fee for riders registering by June 20.  Lunch is not included for riders registering after June 20.


• All riders must wear helmets.
• Riders are to obey all traffic rules and laws and to ride in a courteous and safe manner. Michigan  law requires cyclists to ride as near to the right as practicable and no more than two abreast.
• Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a cycling adult.
• Have your bike in good working order and bring appropriate tubes and tools for minor repairs.

Registration/Packet Pick Up:

• Online registration closes at midnight  June 20, 2013.
• Day of ride registration is available.
• Save by registering early.
• Packet pick-up/day of ride registration is 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the FSU Student Recreation Center.

Please Note:

• Century riders should plan to start by 8:00 a.m.; 55 milers by 9:00 a.m.; 23 and 40 milers by 10:00 a.m.  10 mile riders by 11:00 a.m.
• Lunch service ends at 5:30 p.m. and SAG support ends on all routes at 5:00 p.m., so gauge your ride time appropriately.
• Parents or guardians must sign release for riders aged 17 or under.
• Your wristband is your admission to food stops, the lunch, and for SAG service.
• This is a rain or shine tour, so no refunds will be made after June 20.
• Registration after June 10 does not include event t-shirt.
*Register by June 20 to be eligible for a post-ride meal

Start/Finish Location:

All routes start and finish at the Ferris Student Recreation Center. For a map showing the start/finish and driving directions from your location, click here coming soon!

Additional Information:

By email: Write to Kelly Seitter, Professor in Construction Management at “seitterk@ferris.edu”.

By phone: Call (231) 591-2659 for any additional information

Just Announced!  A post ride afterglow will be held at Cranker's Restaurant and Brewery in Big Rapids beginning at 3 p.m.  Cranker's will provide free live music and appetizers on the patio.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit student scholarships. 

Unfortunately camping at the start the night before is not available.

For information on hotels, motels, camping, and area attractions, please visit this page: www.ferris.edu/htmls/visitors/homepage.htm

The Bulldog Bike Tour is sponsored by the FSU Alumni Office. 

All proceeds support student scholarships.

NOTE:  We are a "$1 Per Rider LMB Event"  Follow this link for more information:  http://www.lmb.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&view=categoryevents&id=4&Itemid=171


The Bulldog Bike Tour has been made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors:

The Ferris State University Alumni Association and the College of Engineering Technology


Bernie's Place

Downtown Big Rapids

Biggby Coffee of Big Rapids

Cranker's Brewery

Cranker's Restaurant & Brewery

Cupcakes by Nawal

Cupcakes by Nawal

Meijers of Big Rapids

The Old Pioneer Store and Emporium/Kilwin's

McLain Cycle & Fitness

Contact Information
Primary Contact
Kelly Seitter
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Date & Location
Date: 6/29/2013
Time: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location: Ferris State University
The event will begin and end at the Student Recreation Center.  Follow the link to a campus map.


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