An update on COVID-19

While the cause and our passion remain the same, the 2021 ride will look different. Our first priority is – and will remain – the safety and health of our participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff. We have been working with the university health and public health experts evaluating best practices for this event and will implement changes to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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  • What are the social distancing and safety protocols?

    To ensure social distancing during the event, we're making a few modifications:

    • Expanded footprint at the starting line and the finish line festival to allow attendees to have more space
    • More port-o-jons at rest stops and the festival
    • Pre-packaged foods for quicker lines at the festival and rest stops

    Mask wearing:

    • We ask that participants wear a mask before and after the ride, except when eating or drinking.

    Other safety measures:

    • More hand sanitizer stations throughout the event

    All safety protocols subject to change based on MDHHS and university guidelines

  • Are vaccines required?

    Our participants are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and cyclists around them. It's one of the best ways to protect against the COVID-19 virus. While not required, please consider getting vaccinated if you haven't already.

  • When did registration close?

    Registration closed August 30. Unlike previous years, we are unable to offer last-chance registration during Packet Pickup or day-of registration. We have mailed packets and participants will receive them the week of September 13. If you do not receive your packet prior to the ride please visit the information tent on Saturday, September 18 to receive packet items.

    If you registered for the cancelled 2020 ride, your registration has already transferred over. Refunds will be issued to anyone who is no longer able to participate due to the new event date or COVID-19 concerns.

  • Is there currently a limit on how many people can register?

    Not at this time. We anticipate that conditions will improve, and restrictions will be lessened by September 18. We'll continue to monitor any limits set by the MDHHS and Michigan State University.

    If we are required to limit riders, we will refer to registration dates with those whose registrations rolled over from 2020 first priority, followed by date-order of registration.

  • What is the cancellation policy?
    Please read our cancellation policy here. If this year's ride is cancelled due to COVID-19, we will again honor our participants' preferences with either a refund or deferral to the following year.
  • Will there be a Packet Pickup or Expo this year?

    No. For the safety of our participants, we are not hosting an in-person Packet Pickup or Expo this year. All packets will be sent directly to riders before the event. Since we need time to mail packets, registration will close on August 30.

    We will mail packets to participants in advance of the ride. Packets will be received the week of September 13. If you do not receive your packet prior to the ride please visit the information tent on Saturday, September 18 to receive packet items.

  • How will the Finish Line Festival be different?

    We're doing everything we can to facilitate social distancing - like expanding the size of the festival footprint, spacing out the eating areas and shortening wait times in the food lines by prepackaging food. We’ll share updates as we finalize the details.

    Please note, festival attendance is limited to participants and their families and event sponsors due to COVID-19 precautions.