People Hitting the Trails for 14th Annual Tour De TART

People hit the trails this afternoon for the 14th annual Tour De TART Bicycle Event.

Around 600 people took on the big bike ride 17 miles in all, but it’s not a race, it focuses on people having fun.

It started in downtown Traverse City, using the Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation, or TART trails and ended at the Marina Park in Suttons Bay.

“It’s gonna be a lot of fun and you guys are excited right,” said Johanna Schmidt, a biker at Tour De TART.

I’ts all about having fun at the Tour De TART event, taking time to ride the trails, enjoying the scenery and the company.

“We have family that came into town and they wanted to do it as well, so were all kinda doing it together,” said Patrick Kernan, biker at Tour De TART.

People of all ages participate, along with a lot of families and it’s a long ride but the tour is designed to help everyone make it.

A few resting points have been set up along the trail so bikers can top to take a quick break, get some food and something to drink, which is some of the riders favorite part.

“Food, food, yea food they look forward to the food,” said Schmidt.  

“Just to have fun and check out some of the food along the way,” said Kernan.

It’s motivation to keep them going to the end, and once they make it, they get to enjoy a little celebration.

“When they’re in Suttons Bay we serve dinner and there’s root beer floats and it’s just a real fun festive atmosphere,” said Pam Darling, Development Director at TART trails.

Which attracts new comers to the Tour De TART, and keeps people coming back for more the next year.

Getting a little excersice, while having a lot of fun.

“The nice thing is they always say we were grumpy all day, then we got on our bikes and we had such a good time, so they have such a good time on their bikes, their smiling and seeing all the people out there riding it, it’s a lot of fun,” said Schmidt.