Patrick’s Heavy Ride With Friends for Norte

SAVE THE DATE! 2020’s PATRICK’S HEAVY RIDE WITH FRIENDS IS SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 AND WE’RE GOING TO BEAUTIFUL WILDERNESS STATE PARK THIS YEAR.

Registration opens February 1st at 7 am!


In 2018, Patrick Cotant rode 100 miles/day for 2 days to raise awareness and funds for Norte.

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.

Last summer, he invited some friends to join him and together they raised $12,000 for more kids on bikes. 

He wants to do it again in 2020.

THE PLAN

  • Traverse City to Wilderness State Park via a beautiful 130-mile route 
    • A shorter 70-mile option, Charlevoix to Wilderness, is also available
  • One day
  • Saturday, August 15th

COVID UPDATE

  • Smaller groups/teams (5-10 people) with a team leader helping to remind people to follow health protocols. Riders can select their team during registration. The team will be the participant’s social bubble for the ride and overnight. 
  • Teams will leave in 10 minute intervals from the Clubhouse at 6am. We’ll do our best to accommadate teams’ preferred departure time.
  • Transportation back from Wilderness is up to the individual participants with no shuttle offered. 
  • SAG breaks will limit interactions with all food and water need to be prepared by one person.
  • Dinner/breakfast will be prepared by one person (or two who continue to social distance if not in the same family). Food is served per plate to avoid buffet-style.
  • Camping at the large Wilderness group site for distancing tents and social gatherings at night. 
  • All participants to follow the  Norte guidelines for group rides
  • All participants fill out the participant health screen the day of the event.

NORTE WILL PROVIDE

  • Sag vehicle for support and food/water at stops
  • Camping at Wilderness’ Group Site 
    • Lots of space to distance
    • Families welcome pace for families to camp too
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Transportation back to Traverse City on Sunday

Riders leaving from Charlevoix will have to get themselves there. More ride logistics HERE

Limited to 50 fit*, awesome* people.

*fit = can handle the 130-mile ride from Traverse City or the 70-mile ride from Charlevoix at an 18mph-ish or 20+mph-ish (we’ll have two groups leaving both locations) average pace

*awesome = nice guys and gals who believe in the Norte mission and like the color orange

REGISTRATION

  • $15 for each additional adult friend/family member to camp, eat, drink and party at Wilderness (kids are free)

SUPPORT CREW

Not into riding but want to help? We’re looking for 8 awesome people to drive the vans and assist with logistics. Email Ty at ty@elgruponorte.org if interested in volunteering

CAN’T MAKE IT TO NORTHERN MICHIGAN ON AUGUST 15TH?

Do your own Heavy Ride where you are! Whether it’s 200 miles or 20 miles, whatever is “heavy” to you is cool. We’d love to see Heavy Riders supporting Norte all over the US. Get involved here:

 

 

PATRICK’S HEAVY RIDE WITH FRIENDS SPONSORS

Does your business or organization want to sponsor and help with food, supplies or financially to help cover camping and gas costs? Send inquiries to Ty at ty@elgruponorte.org