Motor City Bike and Brew Tour to support the Paint Creek Trail

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published April 26, 2016

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ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS — Bike enthusiasts can enjoy a morning ride along local trails next month while raising money to support updates to the Paint Creek Trail.

Motor City Bike & Brew Tours owner Steve Johnson is hosting the fourth annual Cruisin’ for the Trails spring charity bike ride Saturday, May 7, to support the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail.

Bicyclists ages 21 and older will gather at Clubhouse BFD, on Crooks Road in Rochester Hills, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and will hit the Clinton River Trail and the Paint Creek Trail on their way to the Paint Creek Cider Mill. At the cider mill, participants will receive one can of New Belgium Brewing beer and two doughnuts to enjoy there or to take home with them.

Bicyclists can then choose to continue along the trail to Lake Orion or return to Clubhouse BFD. The main bike tour route is up to 17 miles on flat rail trails and sidewalks, and those who choose to take the extended ride from Clubhouse BFD to Lake Orion will ride 27 miles round trip.

Either way, the event ends at Clubhouse BFD, where participants will receive a second can of New Belgium Brewing beer and are invited to enjoy a New Belgium Brewing tap event and party, with live entertainment and a raffle for a 2016 fat tire bike made by Detroit Bikes.

Tickets for the event cost $25 online, or $30 in cash the day of the event. The Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are selling raffle tickets for the bicycle — which is valued at $500 — for $1 each. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Clubhouse BFD or by visiting the Paint Creek Trail office, located in the Paint Creek Cider Mill, 4480 Orion Road in Oakland Township. The net proceeds from the bike ride and raffle will support the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail.

Jim VanDoorn, president of the Friends of the Paint Creek Trail, said the event has been very popular in the past.

“It’s a pretty big event. We have had upwards of 200-300 people ride this event. They really enjoy it,” he said.

VanDoorn encouraged the community to take part in the event, which he said is lots of fun.

“If people use the trail, they are aware of the benefits of the trail from a physical fitness point of view, but also being one with nature. And if you are not familiar with the trail, this might be a good way to get familiar with the trail by riding it,” he said. “We need as many people as we can to help us maintain the beauty of the trail and to make it a safe environment.”

The nonprofit Friends of the Paint Creek Trail are dedicated to promoting, maintaining and improving the trail. In the past, VanDoorn said, the group has used proceeds from this event to support trail improvements. The next large improvement project, according to VanDoorn, is an educational pathway project located just north of Tienken, behind the Kings Grove condos. That is a couple of years out, though.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit MotorCityBikeTours.com or call (248) 850-2563.

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