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Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Sample of Summer Cycling Fun [Detroit Metro Times]



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5th Annual Taco Tour. 17 mile bike ride to Ypsi's best taco joints. Price includes meat or vegan tacos, Taco Tour swag, a beverage at the Corner Brewery and the ride. See bikeypsi.org for details and registration. Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St., Ypsilanti, 734-262-4040. (9/16, 1 p.m.)
Americane Vintage Track & Road Bike Festival. A show and swap meet, bringing together vintage track- and road-cycling enthusiasts from around the country. Vintage bikes in multiple categories are invited, covering a full century of cycling. Bloomer Park, 345 John R Rd., Rochester Hills, 248-656-4673. (6/30)
Beat the Train. A 33-mile ride through the early morning streets of Detroit. Takes off every Saturday at 6 a.m. from Fort Wayne, April through October. Helmets are required. Visit beatthetrain.com for info. Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson at the foot of Livernois, Detroit, 248-557-7450. (6/16-10/20, 6 a.m.) 
Bike Ypsi. This cadre of enthusiastic Ypsi riders holds weekly rides 52 weeks a year. Sunday rides depart from Recreation Park at 1 p.m. and last for about an hour or two, depending on the size and ability of the group. On Friday mornings, meet at Beezy's Cafe at 8 a.m. to take part in a group cycling commute to the office. Beezy's, 20 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti, 734-485-9625. (Saturdays and Sundays) Ongoing.
Birmingham Bike Festival. The fest features a criterium bike race (a race with a short course on closed-off city streets), family-friendly events, live entertainment and more. See BirminghamBikeFestival.org for details. Downtown Birmingham. (8/26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.)

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