We are so excited to keep the Bike the Blizzard tradition going with new elements for our 10th annual!

Saturday and Sunday, February 12th & 13th

Back Alley Bikes brings in 2022 with the 10th annual Bike the Blizzard fundraising event. This year, riders can join organized rides throughout the day on Saturday, February 12th and Sunday, February 13th. It will be a weekend full of adventure, accomplishment, and celebration with other brave Detroit riders! This year, we are counting on our community to come out like never before to help us continue to support Detroit’s cycling community. 

Back Alley Bikes relies strongly on this annual fundraiser to keep our doors open, programs running, and to be the community spot the Detroit bike riders rely on! The rest of the year we are busy with our DIY open shop, educational classes, and getting bikes to youth in the city. We aim to get our youth Earn-A-Bike program and more educational classes starting up again in Spring 2022! Click here to learn more of Back Alley Bikes’ story.

What This Event Includes:

Each registration includes a t-shirt, access to rides, ticket to our evening event, and 1 raffle ticket.

Organized themed group rides Saturday & Sunday: Rides will be announced closer to the event but imagine Art Tour Ride, Couple’s Ride <3, Slow Roll Style, Family Ride, etc.

Detroit Scavenger Hunt: There will be a planned Scavenger Hunt around Detroit visiting local businesses and with activities. You can do it solo or with a crew!

Saturday Evening Event: Join us Saturday evening for a Bike The Blizzard celebration complete with food, music, raffles, auctions, and good company.

Raffle & Silent Auction: With prizes from local businesses and our shop.

Prizes: For participants with the most miles rode, Scavenger Hunt winner, highest fundraiser, and most donors.

Community Building!: An incredible opportunity to connect with other bike lovers in the city!

& More! Lots is in the works.


Additional Event Details:

Riders outside of Back Alley Bikes all bundled up!

There is a minimum fundraising totals for each individual of $50. We will support you in making this happen.

Registration is $25 which includes t-shirt, access to rides, ticket to the evening event, and 1 raffle ticket.

The event, as always, will be based out of the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corp (CCNDC) Community Center, adjacent to Back Alley Bikes and the Hub of Detroit. Most organized rides will leave from this centralized location. The Community Center will be open during the day, while organized rides are out, for basic bike repairs, snacks, hot drinks and water. Masks will be mandatory while inside for everyone’s safety, and physical distancing will be observed. 

Riders will have access bike support during organized rides. All registered riders, whether joining in on organized rides or venturing out solo, will have access to all organized ride maps via BikeReg


Frequently Asked Questions:

Can my business or organization sponsor this event?

Yes! Monetarily or via prizes. We would love to talk to you! Email jai@backalleybikes.org and we can discuss how our organizations can support one another.

Could I help support with planning, leading a group ride, or outreach?

Yeah! Email: jai@backalleybikes.org with how you’d like to be involved.

Can I participate if I’ve never ridden a bike in the winter?

Absolutely. We would love to help get you prepared to ride comfortably. Feel free to drop by the shop, call, or email to talk tips, tricks, and safety of riding in winter months.

What if winter riding is absolutely not my thing?

If winter riding isn’t for you, you can still support Back Alley Bikes! You can get a ticket to our evening event, buy a t-shirt, donate money to a registered rider, enter our raffle/silent auction, fundraise, or register a friend.

Riders out on a group ride in a past Bike The Blizzard

Can I ride solo? Or with a team? Do I have to go on group rides? How does it work??

Any of the above! You can ride solo the entire weekend and set you’re own routes. You can create a team and you all can ride on your own or in group rides. Or join us solo and find lots of other riders during our group rides. We encourage all riders to set goals for yourselves- whether that’s riding 15 or 150 miles, visiting different parts of the city, or getting on your bike 3 times during the weekend!

What about COVID-19?

Luckily, bike riding is a fairly safe activity when it comes to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. That being said, we will ask anybody who has been exposed recently or has symptoms to not attend for our community’s overall health. As the event gets closer, we will make decisions about the event space protocols, evening event, etc. based on CDC guidelines. We will keep you all updated on this and always encourage you to do what is best for your health.

Can I participate if I don’t live near Detroit?

Yes! We love participants from all over. Feel free to set your own goals, plan rides, and we would love to hear what you are up to.

Help! I’m having trouble registering!

Don’t give up yet! We’ll make it happen. Email jai@backalleybikes.org or call us at 313-833-0813 on Thursdays 12-6 or Sundays 12-5.

Other questions? Email jai@backalleybikes.org or stop into the shop/ call us at 313-833-0813 on Thursdays 12-6 or Sundays 12-5.

Check out some Bike the Blizzard history!

YearRidersMiles RiddenMileage ChampionFundraised
202167Jackson Robar (202)$20,868
202020 TeamsMike Benigni (80.5)$10,059.55
201928Jackson Robar (77)$5,592.00
2018571,074Brian McPherson (111)$14,351
2017402,034Alex Van Eenenaam (129)$13,000
201640Over 3,000Jordan Caverly (320)$11,000
2015503,338.2Jordan Caverly (202)$14,000
2014251,400Joey Asim & Doug (124)$6,500
201312610Joey Asim & Jason (100)$3,000