Islanders wanted for Sunday participation in Passage Ride

Riders head off the Chi-Cheemaun in South Baymouth at last year’s Manitoulin Passage Ride. Expositor file photo

MANITOULIN—Islanders are invited to participate in Day 2 of the hugely successful 7th annual Manitoulin Passage Ride on Sunday, June 4 with an incentive that includes a free lunch at the Kicking Mule Ranch for the first cyclists to register.

The Passage Ride, hosted by Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates (MICA), begins on Friday, June 2 and for those from off-Island, another incentive is free sailing aboard the Chi-Cheemaun for Passage Ride participants to get to Manitoulin. It is a good way to encourage the burgeoning cycling market to come north and explore Manitoulin.

This year, MICA is hoping to get Manitoulin people pumping their pedals too, opening up the Sunday for Island cyclists to participate.

“They can start where they want, but Mindemoya is the official starting place,” Ms. Mielonen told The Expositor, noting that there are three different rides that can be taken, each of which ends in South Baymouth, depending on how far you want to pedal. Cyclists are free to go as far or as short a distance as they want.

“Lunch is included at Kicking Mule Ranch for those who register, as is cyclist support,” she added. “It will be based on a first come, first serve basis because of all the meal prep, so please be sure to register,” she reiterated.

Ms. Mielonen said she hopes the Sunday ride will act as an introduction to get the people of Manitoulin on their bikes and celebrating the Island, and also the nation’s 150th birthday.

To register, visit www.manitoulincycling.com and click on the ‘registration’ tab.