SAVE THE DATE! We ride in 2022 on Saturday, July 30th.

In 2018, Patrick Cotant rode 100 miles/day to raise awareness and funds for Norte for two days. He called it Patrick’s Heavy Ride, and it was a huge success. He introduced Norte to many new people and raised $3,070 for our youth programs.

In 2019, 2020, and 2021, he invited some friends to join him, and together they’ve raised nearly $50,000 for more kids on bikes in Northern Michigan.

For 2022, we’re planning to make this event our biggest yet by changing the format to be more inclusive for more riders. No matter your fitness level, we have a fun route and a friendly group of riders to fit your riding style. 

Register to Ride Today!


  • The Whole Enchilada – 123 miles, 6,553 vertical feet of climbing, and one heck of a day on the bike!
  • The Jan Brady – 47 miles, 2,035 vertical feet of climbing, and a Brady Bunch reference. (It’s the middle distance – get it?)
  • The TART 20 – 20 miles, 372 vertical feet of climbing. Take in the beautiful sights of the Leelanau Trail and be the first back for the food and refreshments.

Support the 2022 Patrick’s Heavy Riders with a donation today!


  • Meet up at Darrow Park to meet with your group
    • 123-mile leaves at 7:30 am (est. finish time 2-3 pm)
    • 46-mile leaves at 10:00 am (est. finish time 2-3 pm)
    • 20-mile leaves 12:30 pm (est. finish time 2-3 pm)
  • Each ride leaves promptly at the designated time
  • Each distance will have a ride leader, but please expect the groups for each distance to break up based on speed and fitness levels
  • Make sure you have a route map, plenty of food and water, and spare tubes with you. If you have mechanical or need a lift home, we’ll have a rescue wagon in the County. But you may have to wait for a ride, so it’s smart to be able to sort yourself out
  • Don’t forget – we’ll be having a bit of a post-ride party at The Little Fleet at 4pm. Shower up and then come down to celebrate a big day on the bike for a great cause!


  • Food/water at sag stops for the 123 and 47-mile routes
  • A mobile rescue vehicle to pick up riders who double flat or bonk in spectacular fashion
  • Recovery beverages, snacks, cookies back at the park


Not into riding but want to help? We’re looking for 8 awesome people to drive the rescue van, assist at sag stops and cook at the park. All volunteers eat and drink for free. Email if you’re interested in volunteering.


Does your business or organization want to sponsor and help with food, supplies, or funds to help cover event costs? Send inquiries to