Join the Celebration

BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration’s magnificent Bike Tour is always on the third Sunday of September (Sept. 18 in 2022) and offers something for everyone.  The ride will take you back in time–past photogenic Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings–and will start/finish on the grounds of a the lovingly curated Vicksburg Historic Village.  A delicious meal will be served after the ride.  The entire Fall Bike Celebration Weekend (September 16-18) offers many other destination-travel worthy attractions and events in the charming Village of Vicksburg, MI. Ride registration is open at BikeReg*.

Travel Through Time

Sunday’s ride is unforgettable.  It features our incomparable “ride back in time” Vicksburg-Shipshewana Century. Plus:

  • Routes over the longest covered wooden bridge in Michigan
  • A chance to visit the historic grist mill and romantic banks of the mill pond at Scotts Mill park
  • Bragging rights for those who like to cruise through places with unusual names (yup, that would be Climax, MI)
  • Family-friendly routes
  • Glimpses of the photogenic Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings. 

We offer so many routes that you can’t do them all in a day — you can return year after year and experience something different every time.  Pick your time travel portal by registering at BikeReg*.

Experience a Genuine
Quilt Trail

The chance to journey back in time into the Amish country of northern Indiana with its horse-drawn buggies is reason enough to join us.  The fact that the ride features the destination-travel worthy Vicksburg Quilt Trail is another reason our Fall Bike Celebration offers a cycling experience unlike any other.  The colorful quilt trail paintings on the sides of the barns and buildings you will pass offer one of the most extensive and best curated expressions of folk art and historical meaning in Michigan.  Experiencing the huge barn paintings in the fall while riding on the quiet rural byways of Southwest Michigan is something you’ll remember forever. 

Capture the experience by registering at BikeReg*.

Start & Finish In
An Historic Village

All routes will start and finish on the grounds of the Vicksburg Historic Village & Depot Museum (next to the Pavilion) — a destination-travel worthy attraction in its own right.  The buildings and museum will have open hours Friday-Sunday and admission is always free. 

Want to learn more about life at the turn of the last century in a Michigan village?  Coming from out of town?  Arrive early to extend your journey back in time — make our Fall Bike Celebration your weekend travel destination — culminating in Sunday’s ride at BikeReg*!

Bells & (Distant) Whistles

Registering online at BikeReg has extra advantages: 

Our Ice Cream Social is Back!  Everyone who pre-registers online for Sunday’s bike tour will get a coupon for a free cyclist’s Ice Cream cone at Apple Knocker’s Ice Cream Parlor, on the shore of scenic Sunset Lake in the charming Village of Vicksburg

Plus, online registrants will get a coupon for 10% off at the Distant Whistle Brewhouse in the newly renovated village downtown.  The coupons will be included in packets for pre-registered riders during Advance Packet Pickup. 

By the time September rolls around we may also have lined up additional discounts at local restaurants for those who register in advance.  Whether you choose to ride three miles or 103 (we needed those extra miles to take you by more scenic lakes), the ride of a lifetime — with all the bells and whistles — is waiting for you at BikeReg*.

More on Sunday’s
Bike Tour

The welcome mat will be out for cyclists throughout our spectacular Fall Bike Celebration weekend (September 16-18, 2022)…with fantastic routes through the beautiful Southwest Michigan and the Amish-Indiana countryside starting and finishing the charming Village of Vicksburg.  Sunday’s Bike Tour routes range from our Vicksburg-Shipshewana Century ride across state lines to quaint Shipshewana (IN) all the way down to a 3-5 mile family trail ride.  Routes will include beautiful photo-worthy views of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail.  The Ride will be supported with SAG stops, maps and clear road markings — with a delicious meal at the finish! 

Register now at BikeReg*.  *Bike Reg’s transaction fees are about the same as the most popular rides and our own individual and family rates are very competitive, so hopefully you won’t have any sticker shock, even with the Covid situation.

Reasons to Extend
Your Stay

If you have read this far, you see that the Fall Bike Celebration Weekend offers more than Sunday’s ride.  If you want to keep reading you’ll find a quick sneak preview of other featured weekend attractions to round out your visit.

Additional featured attractions in Vicksburg on Friday and Saturday include a top-rated disc golf course and a Farmers Market right next to the lovingly restored Vicksburg Historic Village.  Can’t make it into town physically, at all?  No matter — we will also post a virtual presentation describing the origins and meaning of the intriguing Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings and offer a virtual tour of the $100+ million dollar Mill In Vicksburg lodging/entertainment complex renovation. In addition to virtual Vicksburg Quilt Trail and Mill Project tours, we may feature a webinar of importance to bicyclists and may do so this year as well.

We mentioned that the weekend highlights the Vicksburg Quilt Trail.  Artists, art lovers and fans of community-building take note.  In 2022 Bike Friendly Kalamazoo’s Bike Art Committee organized a Public Mural project aimed at expressing the joys of bicycling.  Mural project progress will be recognized during Fall Bike Celebration Weekend.  Speaking of art, this cool print-worthy Fall Bike Celebration poster captured our spirit in 2021, thanks to our friends at Consort Display Group.

We will be adding to the schedule of events and should have it pretty well set by July.

Benefiting Others

We want you to join us and enjoy the ride of a lifetime…going back in time…during a fun-filled weekend…in charming rural Southwest Michigan…featuring routes you will never forget.  We also believe in building community through bicycling.  Please consider bringing a jar of peanut butter to donate on Sunday.

We will be updating this site as Fall Bike Celebration Weekend approaches, listening to your ideas for how to improve as well.  Even the T-Shirt color is based on your input from our FLASH polls.

Community, Volunteering
and Sponsorship

Are we excited? Absolutely! Is the greater community in on our planning committee and joining in the fun? All the way!

Want to help make this weekend a great experience for everyone, and be a part of an always enthusiastic, eager-to-make-it-happen team?  Click on Volunteer and let us know who you are.  After July 4 we should be ready to unveil plenty of opportunities to build community through bicycling for Sponsors as well.

The Celebration is organized by Bike Friendly Kalamazoo (BFK), a 501(c)3 non-profit network of volunteers working to make our greater community even more bike friendly (see our About page).

Take advantage of our online registration benefits at BikeReg

Let’s make the Fall Bike Celebration a safe success.
Consult your health professional and our Health Advisories page.