Several area residents are preparing to ride in the 42nd annual Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw (DALMAC) bicycle tour later this month.
From the Delta/Lansing area: Rebecca Hicks, Gina Kalkman, Alan Schell, Debra Smith, Shelby Stevens, Mark Stevens, Randy Underhill and Maureen Wahl.
Founded in 1971 by former State Sen. Dick Allen, DALMAC offers riders a choice of four routes beginning on either Wed., Aug. 29, or Thurs., Aug. 30, and ending on Sun., Sept. 2, in either Mackinaw City or Sault Ste. Marie, depending on the route chosen.
This year’s routes range in distance from 286 to 404 miles. Over 1,700 riders are expected to participate in the 2012 tour.
DALMAC aims to develop an appreciation of bicycling as both recreation and transportation, to promote a bicycle-friendly environment in Michigan, and to demonstrate how bicycles and other vehicles can safely share our state roads. It is a recreational tour open to all capable, interested bicyclists, and is endorsed by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports.
Proceeds from the tour have enabled The DALMAC Fund to grant over $1 million to bicycling-related organizations and causes since 1985. Programs benefiting from these grants represent a variety of purposes, from trail projects to public safety to extending bicycling opportunities to those with disabilities.
DALMAC is hosted by the Lansing-based Tri-County Bicycle Association (TCBA), the largest local bicycling organization in Michigan, with over 1,000 members.
The year-around efforts of TCBA volunteers make it possible to offer a high quality tour at a reasonable price and to raise money in support of numerous bicycling programs without asking riders to collect pledges.
Bicyclists interested in participating in next year’s DALMAC tour may view the club’s web site at biketcba.org.