DALMAC 2023


Event Dates: August 30-September 3, 2023
Five-Night Camping Provided the Nights of August 29-September 2, 2023
Four-Night Camping Provided the Nights of August 30-September 2, 2023
Three-Night Camping Provided the Nights of August 31-September 2, 2023

The DALMAC is Michigan’s annual, fully supported, epic end-of-summer bicycle camping tour. Routes wind northward from Michigan State University (MSU) on country roads and through quaint small towns, ending in historic and beautiful Mackinaw City. Additional routes beginning in Gladwin, Grayling, and Waters will also conclude in the shadow of the Mackinac Bridge in Mackinaw City. Riders enjoy a fully supported tour that includes:

  • Low-traffic roads with spectacular scenery, including Lake Michigan and the Mackinac Bridge
  • Rolling hills and downhill thrills
  • Ample opportunities to enjoy pie, ice cream, and cookies
  • A variety of breweries en route and in host communities
  • Friendly support vehicles (SAGs), if needed
  • Breakfast and dinner, with limited vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-sensitive options
  • Overnight camping, shower facilities, and baggage shuttles
  • Mobile bicycle mechanics

Whether you are new to cycling or an old hand, there are adventures to be had, friendships to be made, and hills to climb. DALMAC is one of the oldest, lowest cost, all-volunteer-run bicycling tours in the country, celebrating its 50th year in 2021. DALMAC is about the fun of bicycling and sharing the roads! DALMAC originated in 1971 when former state Rep. Dick Allen challenged his friends, colleagues, and constituents to “ride all the way to the bridge” to prove that bikes and cars could share Michigan roads safely. DALMAC seeks to develop an awareness of bicyclists and their needs among the citizens of Michigan, to promote bicycling as a healthy means of transportation and recreation, and to encourage wider use of bicycles.

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Camping and Baggage Service includes:

  • Reserved camping at a site reserved specifically for Padre’s, with camping each night (see options below for included nights).
  • Baggage transport directly to and from your tent each day, keeping your gear out of the weather
  • High quality tents, provided and set up and taken down for you daily
  • A twin-size mattresses inflated for each camper, measuring 75″ x 39″ x 8.75″ (please bring your own sheet/blanket/pillow)
  • Comfortable chairs to relax
  • Padre’s Zone, a shaded area to relax, with snacks, and cold beverages
  • In-camp concierge center with a host available to help with information about events, shuttles, food, entertainment, and directions
  • Electronic device charging stations to keep phones, computers, lights, e-bikes, or other devices charged up (e-bike charging requires removable battery or guest-provided 25' extension cord)
  • Hot coffee, fresh ice water, and sports drink each morning
  • Bicycle tire pumps
  • Bicycle maintenance tools available, in case you need to clean or adjust your bike
  • Bicycle racks so that you don’t have to lay your bike on the ground or lean them
  • Clean, environmentally friendly, disposable bath towels daily, which can double as your bike rag or door mat
  • A friendly, helpful staff at your service!

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Camping and Baggage Service for DALMAC 5-Day East or West:

Option 1 - Regular Tent with One Person:

  • Camping from Tuesday night through Sunday morning.
  • Regular Kelty tent with single occupancy and one mattress.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $360
Regular Registration**  $400
Late Registration***  $440

Option 2 - Large Tent with One Person:

  • Camping from Tuesday night through Sunday morning.
  • Large Kelty tent with single occupancy and one mattress.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $450
Regular Registration**  $500
Late Registration***  $550

Option 3 - Large Tent with Two People:

  • Camping from Tuesday night through Sunday morning.
  • Large Kelty tent with double occupancy and two mattresses.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $835
Regular Registration**  $925
Late Registration***  $1020

Camping and Baggage Service for DALMAC 4-Day West or Quad:

Option 1 - Regular Tent with One Person:

  • Camping from Wednesday night through Sunday morning.
  • Regular Kelty tent with single occupancy and one mattress.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $315
Regular Registration**  $350
Late Registration***  $385

Option 2 - Large Tent with One Person:

  • Camping from Wednesday night through Sunday morning.
  • Large Kelty tent with single occupancy and one mattress.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $385
Regular Registration**  $425
Late Registration***  $470

Option 3 - Large Tent with Two People:

  • Camping from Wednesday night through Sunday morning.
  • Large Kelty tent with double occupancy and two mattresses.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $540
Regular Registration**  $600
Late Registration***  $660

Camping and Baggage Service for DALMAC 3-Day East:

Option 1 - Regular Tent with One Person:

  • Camping from Thursday night through Sunday morning.
  • Regular Kelty tent with single occupancy and one mattress.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $300
Regular Registration**  $330
Late Registration***  $365

Option 2 - Large Tent with One Person:

  • Camping from Thursday night through Sunday morning.
  • Large Kelty tent with single occupancy and one mattress.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $345
Regular Registration**  $385
Late Registration***  $425

Option 3 - Large Tent with Two People:

  • Camping from Thursday night through Sunday morning.
  • Large Kelty tent with double occupancy and two mattresses.
  • Includes all Camping and Baggage services listed above.

Early Registration*  $495
Regular Registration**  $550
Late Registration***  $605

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* Early Bird Registration ends 60 days before the event.

** Regular Registration ends 60 days before the event. 

Event Policies

Important Information Document: 2022 DALMAC