Traverse City road-bike racer Susan Vigland’s best 20-mile Northern Michigan bike ride is one to add to your list. Vigland, Michigan’s number one road-bike racer and member of the Hagerty Cycling Team, shares her favorite 20-miler starting in Traverse City and heading out into Leelanau County.

Starting in Traverse City, park at one of the trailheads for the Leelanau Trail. Bike Leelanau Trail to Lakeview Road (where the paved trail ends). Turn left (west) onto Lakeview Road. Ride up the hill for one of the best views of Lake Leelanau in the county. Especially striking at sunset. Continue north along the east side of Lake Leelanau until you come to a stop sign. Turn right (south) on Lake Leelanau Drive (Route 641) and ride south to Lakeview Road (bright red school house on your left is your landmark) and turn right. The Leelanau Trail is immediately on your left. Ride it south back to town. Easy, flat, scenic ride.

Looking for the Leelanau Trail to get started? Maps available at To create an actual map using Susan’s directions, go to

Read about how Susan Vigland got started in biking and why she stays in it.

Watch the Hagerty cycling team take to the roads of Traverse City and Leelanau County.

This article first appeared in the August, 2010 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine. Buy the August issue now or subscribe and get the best of life in Up North delivered to your door each month.
Read about Michigan road-bike racing and the joy of Michigan biking in “Susan Vigland, Michigan’s Number One Road-Bike Racer.”