Thanks to all who participated, volunteered, and donated to our very successful 2021 event!

Saturday and Sunday, January 16th & 17th

Back Alley Bikes brings in 2021 with the 9th annual Bike the Blizzard fundraising event. This year, riders can join organized rides throughout daylight hours on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th. Some riders will also stick to the 24 hour tradition of years past and ride throughout the night. While it takes special people to get excited about riding bikes in freezing, snowy conditions, it takes an equally special organization to put this type of event on year after year! And this year, we are counting on our community to come out like never before to help us continue to support Detroit’s cycling community. 

Riding bikes outdoors in January in Michigan may not be for everyone, but supporting Back Alley Bikes, an important resource for Detroit’s cycling community, feels great and is easy to do!  You can even ride indoors at a Spin class or on your Peloton. You can help by donating money to a registered rider or register yourself, your family and friends and fundraise among your circles.

Minimum fundraising totals for each individual is $50.  

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 daylight hours, while organized rides are out, for basic bike repairs, wrapped snacks, hot drinks and water, but not with the elaborate spread or hang out factors as in years past. Masks will be mandatory while inside for everyone’s safety, and physical distancing will be observed. 

Riders will have access bike sag support during organized rides, and there will be an on-call vehicle to support as well.  All registered riders, whether joining in on organized rides or venturing out solo, will have access to all organized ride maps via BikeReg

These funds help Back Alley Bikes keep the doors open throughout the winter months and beyond, so we can continue offering support to Detroit’s cycling community in the form of getting bikes to youth in the city, offering a safe space with resources and knowledge for DIY Open Shop, educational classes, and volunteer time, when people help to build bikes for Detroit youth and vulnerable community members.   

Thanks to our Sponsors

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Special thanks to Robar PR for doing an amazing job of helping bring more attention to our fundraiser in addition to their fundraising.

Group Rides and Route Ideas

8:30am Saturday morning ride. This 13 mile casual kick off ride is with Council member Scott Benson, though you could do the route on your own as well. The GPX is available at Strava.

Strava also published this Detroit Cycling Guide with suggested routes throughout the City of Detroit. While not every route starts or ends at Back Alley Bikes, it might provide some good ideas or inspiration for the many rides options throughout the area.

One suggested destination is Winter at Valade hosted by the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. Valade Park is on the RiverWalk at Joseph Campau and is home to Atwater Beach. They’ll have outdoor fire chimneys, warm drinks, and many other socially-distanced activities. The hours are Saturday noon to 9 PM and Sunday from noon to 7PM. For the latest updates, visit their Facebook page.

Event fundraising history

YearRidersMiles RiddenMileage ChampionFundraised
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