Bike the Blizzard recap coming soon!

Thank you so much to riders, volunteers, and supporters for making this year’s Bike the Blizzard a huge success! We will be publishing a recap soon, check back later!

Bike the Blizzard 2024 Registration is OPEN!!!

Come ride with us this February!

Register now for Bike the Blizzard 2024 at https://www.bikereg.com/bike-the-blizzard

Back Alley Bikes brings in 2024 with the 12th annual Bike the Blizzard fundraising event. This year, riders can join organized rides throughout the day on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th. 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 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 more youth Earn-A-Bike programs and more educational classes running in Spring 2024! Click here to learn more of Back Alley Bikes’ story.

Registration is $25. Each registration includes a t-shirt, access to rides, entry to Sunday’s Film Festival and closing event at the LOVE Building, and 1 raffle ticket.

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

This weekend will include:

Organized themed group rides Saturday & Sunday: Ride details to be announced soon!

Bike Film Fest at the LOVE Building: Films about bike culture in a beautiful space

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.

Tommie’s Chilly Cookoff: A Sunday soup cookoff to be judged by a true enthusiast, prizes for the winner!

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

& More! Lots is in the works.

Additional Event Details:

This year the event will be based out of the Hub of Detroit on Saturday and the LOVE Building on Sunday. Most organized rides will leave from these locations. Back Alley Bikes (behind the Hub of Detroit) will be open during both days while organized rides are out, for basic bike repairs, snacks, hot drinks and water. 

Riders will have access to 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. 

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 free bikes to youth in the city, offering a safe space with resources and knowledge for DIY Open Shop, holding educational classes, and volunteer time, when community members help to build bikes for Detroit youth and Garage Sales.   

Prizes will be awarded to those who: 

Ride the most miles

Raise the most money

Have the largest amount of donors

Want to be a sponsor? Volunteer? Have questions? Send an email to justin@backalleybikes.org

Register now for Bike the Blizzard 2024 at https://www.bikereg.com/bike-the-blizzard

BIKE THE BLIZZARD 2023 RECAP:

We Had Over 100 Riders and Reached Over $27,000 Raised!

Bike the blizzard rider holding bike above head.
Bike the Blizzard rider with bike above head

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 11th Annual Bike the Blizzard fundraising event. This year, riders joined on 8 different organized rides and activities throughout the weekend It was a weekend full of adventure, accomplishment, and celebration with our incredible Detroit riders! 2023 was our biggest year yet with 106 riders and over $27,000 raised.

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 further our youth Earn-A-Bike program and get more educational classes going in Spring 2023! 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: Details to come closer to the event

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

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! 

List of Bike the Blizzard rides and warming stations

Additional Event Details

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

Thanks to our Event Sponsors

Bike the Blizzard event sponsor logos

Frequently Asked Questions

Two riders waiting for a group ride to leave
Two riders waiting for a group ride to leave

Can my business or organization sponsor this event?

Check back next year!

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

Check back next year!

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 buy a t-shirt, donate money to a registered rider, enter our raffle/silent auction, fundraise, or register a friend.

Bikes lined up outside a stop on a group ride

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?

Check back next year!

Help! I’m having trouble registering!

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Other questions? Check back next year!

Check out some Bike the Blizzard history!

YearRidersMiles RiddenMileage ChampionFundraised
2023106Benjamin Churchill (127)$27,448.39
202280Jackson Robar (115)$20,917
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