The distance between Montague and Bay City is 150 miles. That may not sound like a lot, unless you are on a bicycle, and unless you are trying to ride that entire distance in a single day. The One Day Ride Across Michigan, also known as the ODRAM, has been a cycling tradition in the mitten state for several years. Cyclists will assemble at dawn near the shore of Lake Michigan at Montague High School on Saturday, August 9th. The route will take them across the middle of the state, with a lunch stop in Blanchard. The ride finishes, hopefully before sundown, at Bay City State Recreation Area on the shore of Lake Huron.
ODRAM is different than many cycling tours. It is a self supported ride. This means there are no official SAG vehicles and riders need to carry most of their own food and water. However, since the ride passes through many small towns along the route there is plenty of opportunity to attend to one’s needs. There is a water and bathroom stop near Hardy Dam, a lunch stop at the halfway point in Blanchard and a final water and bathroom stop in Gordonville. When riders get to the end of the route they are treated to a post side cookout at the park in Bay City. The event organizers also arrange for a bus to bring weary cyclists back to Montague in the evening.
The One Day Ride Across Michigan was founded and run by the League of Michigan Bicyclists until 2008. After having no ride in 2009 the ODRAM was picked up by Third Coast Cycling. This new group turned ODRAM into a charity ride. All proceeds from the ride are donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Nearly 500 riders are expected for the 2014 edition.
More information about the ride is available on the ODRAM website. On the site interested riders can register and order t-shirts or a commemorative cycling jersey.