Patrick’s Heavy Ride 2023

Cyclists gather on a bike path before a group ride.

It’s about that time! Join us Saturday, July 29 for Norte’s biggest fundraiser of the year and one of the best bike rides of the summer. Patrick’s Heavy Ride has something for everyone.

A Critical Norte Fundraiser

Patrick’s Heavy Ride has quickly become a summer staple. The event has found a spot on the calendar and serves to cap off July. It’s an ideal time slot for a ride that marks the zenith of the season and serves as a sort of lynch pin for Norte, Northern Michigan’s youth-focused cycling non-profit.

Get signed up!

In 4 years, Patrick’s Heavy Ride has raised more than $70,000 for Norte’s summer camps, bike teams and in-school programs to help get more kids (and families) on bikes. Cycling is a lifelong activity that inspires confidence, independence and a connection to community that travels well; you can bike anywhere!

The 2023 Routes

Patrick’s Heavy Ride has evolved from a 100+mile camping outing to a more inclusive and accessible multi-route option. Choose from 90, 55 and 20 mile distances and grab your friends for a beautiful morning in Leelanau County.

Is This A Race?

No. It’s a fundraiser for a non-profit. Groups will stay together as much as humanly possible. The goal is to build community and raise money, not drop people to ride alone for 40 miles. Bring plenty of water, snacks and a flat kit – and leave your racing legs at home.

Taking a rest day? Norte is looking for volunteers; donate your time at registration, an aid station or drive the sag wagon!

Where The Party At?

Riders, volunteers and donors are invited to swing by The Little Fleet after the ride for some “recovery refreshments”. It’s a great way to unwind and hear how everyone’s ride went – and start planning for next year!

Let’s Ride

We’ve got great groups signed up for the 90 and 55-mile routes ahead of the event – but we need you. Get all the details, then get signed up to support a wonderful cause!

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