1. What’s new in 2017?
This is probably obvious to you by now, but yes! We listened to your feedback and moved the HAP Tour de Crim to the Fall! We hope the new late September date (September 30th to be exact) will bring better weather, more participation, and an overall better ride for everyone!
The HAP Tour de Crim will start an hour later at 12pm!
The course will still be along the Crim’s famous Blue Line, but it will be slightly altered. The start line will be on Stone St at 1st Ave. We are pleased to announce that the post-ride festival will take place at Flint’s own craft brewpub, Tenacity Brewing! There will still be fun activities, bread provided by CRUST, and beverages, plus the added bonus of being close to the Flint River Trail AND the Genesee Valley Trail, should you choose to extend your ride!
NEW PARKING AREA
All HAP Tour de Crim Participants are welcome to park right next to the start line in the Atwood Stadium parking lot. Please enter the lot from Water St via Grand Traverse.
After your ride, and after your beverage and bread at Tenacity, we encourage all Tour participants, as well as their family and friends to check out Better Block Grand Traverse! Better Block Grand Traverse is part street festival, part visioning session, part demonstration. The Crim Fitness Foundation, Safe & Active Genesee for Everyone, Kettering University, and University Avenue Corridor Coalition have come together to create Better Block Grand Traverse, where they will be transforming 4 blocks of Grand Traverse Street (Kearsley to University) from car-centric and full of speeding traffic to the two narrow lanes, middle turning lane, street bike lanes and on street parking that neighborhoods demanded by Flint’s citizens during the creation of Flint’s award winning “Imagine Flint” master plan. We want to show the people of Flint that we can have an equitable transportation system in our city using the base infrastructure that we’ve already built. This means streets that are safe and welcoming for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users, not just car owners. To underline this vision of shared use, we’ve positioned the festival to take place right in the middle of the 2017 HAP Tour De Crim. Cyclists and spectators will be able to enjoy Better Block Grand Traverse as an extension of the ride itself. After the ride is over, cyclists will be encouraged to use their bike to ride up and down Grand Traverse, safely sharing the street with other traffic types and demonstrating the benefits of a true “complete street.” The event will be from 11am-4pm on Saturday, September 30th.
2. How long is the event?
The official HAP Tour de Crim course is the same as the famous Crim 10 mile blue line course. Participants will have up to two hours to participate in the ride. Please be advised HAP Tour de Crim will begin reopening streets after 2pm.
If you’d like to ride more than 10 miles, take advantage of one of Flint’s scenic non-motorized trails, the Flint River Trail or the Genesee Valley Trail, however you will no longer be officially a part of the HAP Tour de Crim and will be riding at your own risk.
Standard traffic rules apply.
3. How many stops are there along the course?
There are two optional stops. All stops will have water and porta-johns.
4. Is this a race or a ride?
HAP Tour de Crim is a non-competitive bicycle challenge. HAP Tour de Crim will have a partially closed course. Participants must follow the designated course at all times & must follow all traffic laws! Local law enforcement and officials will assist with traffic. Riders must follow behind the lead vehicle, which will NOT exceed an average of 15mph. Riders who pass the lead vehicle will not be under the protection of traffic officials and will be riding at their own risk and will need to obey all traffic laws.
5. Will I be sharing the road with cars?
Yes. Participants must follow the designated course at all times & must follow all traffic laws! Local law enforcement and officials will assist with traffic along the HAP Tour de Crim course.
Riders MUST follow all traffic laws and ride at their own risk. Click here to view a trail map.
6. Will there be course support?
Yes. A SAG (Service and Gear) vehicle will be available to participants in need of minor bicycle repairs or pickup. An emergency phone number will be listed on the bib.
6. How old do I have to be to participate?
- This is an all-ages event!
- All participants, including children, are required to wear helmets and all children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Please understand that if your children are riding their own bicycles, they need to have experience riding a similar distance in a group, and that they should be on a bicycle that can handle traveling 10+ miles. The ride is SAG-supported, but the expectation is that all riders are capable of completing a hilly 10-mile ride within 2 hours.
- If you are riding with a toddler or infant in a trailer, trail-a-bike, or in a child seat, it is not necessary to register the infants, but they will not receive a shirt or bib. Non-registered infants/youth must have a parent/legal guardian sign their waiver. All registered participants will receive a t-shirt,bib, and beverage of choice.
- Every child riding his/her own bicycle must be registered. If you plan to have your young child ride along on a trail-a-bike, please ensure they have experience riding with you for distances over 10 miles.
- Due to the nature of the hilly course, it is strongly recommended children’s bicycles have gearing to accommodate steep inclines.
- It is required all children wear helmets. (see pg. 21 for TIPS FOR FITTING A BIKE HELMET in the “What Every Michigan Bicyclist Must Know” booklet.)
- ALL participants MUST start at 12pm to accommodate road closures.
- ALL participants must sign a waiver to participate. Participants under the age of 18 must have a parent/legal guardian sign their waiver. Participants who do not sign a waiver will be ineligible to participate.
- Participants are welcome to ride on the Flint River Trail Ride and Genesee Valley Trail after completing the HAP Tour de Crim. Standard traffic rules apply. Trail riders will be riding the course at their own risk and will not be protected under the Crim Fitness Foundation.
7. Can I have a tag-along?
Yes! The HAP Tour de Crim staff welcomes families using tag-alongs. If you are riding with a toddler or infant in a trailer or in a child seat, it is not necessary to register the infants, but a parent/legal guardian must sign a waiver on his/her behalf, and they will not receive a shirt or bib. All registered participants will receive a t-shirt, bib, and beverage of choice.
8. Can I ride a tandem, unicycle, tricycle, handcycle, or ellipticGO?
Absolutely! Just be sure to wear a helmet and ensure your bike is in good riding condition. Each tandem rider must be registered to receive a t-shirt, bib, and beverage of choice.
9. What time should I be there?
Due to scheduled road closures all participants MUST start at 11am. Late comers will not be eligible to join the ride after 11am. Please be sure to plan your morning so that you arrive early and are ready at the start line by 10:45am. If you’d like to register or pick up your packet, the festival’s registration/packet pickup tent is open 9am – 10:30am. If you’re planning to donate a bike, arrive 10-15 minutes before the 12pm start.
11. Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes, for your safety you and all participants must wear helmets.
12. How do I get there and where do I park?
Please see the Travel and Parking.
13. Do you offer discounts?
Yes! Sign up 4 or more participants online in one cart and receive $5 off per participant.
14. What should I wear?
We’re hoping for great weather, but because it’s Michigan you never know! Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to be active. No need for serious bike gear unless you really prefer it. Wide leg pants aren’t recommended, as they can easily get caught in your bike chain.
15. How do I know if my bike is ready for the ride?
Check out the League of American Bicyclist’s ABC Quick Bike Check and visit one of Genesee County’s awesome bikes shops for a tune up!
16. What’s happening after the ride?
We’ll have awesome beer and rootbeer from Flint’s very own Tenacity Brewery, bread from Crust Bakery, and fun activities at Tenacity Brewing. Afterwards, check out the many downtown restaurants and the Flint Farmer’s Market!
If you’d like to ride more than 10 miles, take advantage of one of Flint’s scenic non-motorized trails, the Flint River Trail or the Genesee Valley Trail. Just know that you will no longer be officially a part of the HAP Tour de Crim and will be riding at your own risk. Trail maps will be provided.
Standard traffic rules apply.
17. Where can I leave my bike after the ride?
Bike corrals at Tenacity will be available until 2pm. You are also welcome to park and lock your bike on one of the SAGE (Safe and Active Genesee) U-racks downtown.
18. Where do I pick up my packet?
We have a couple of options:
Friday, September 29, 12pm – 6pm
Crim Fitness Foundation
452 S. Saginaw St., Ste 100
Flint, MI 48502
Saturday, September 30th, 10am – 11:30 am
119 N Grand Traverse St
Flint, MI 48503
19. Can I register on the day of the event?
Yes! Registration will begin on the festival lot 10am – 11:30am. Registration will be $45.