The Family Ride

PALM is well suited to family bicycling. There are longer optional routes for more experienced riders, but the emphasis is on the social and recreational aspects of bicycling.

What Way?

PALM is a well marked ride, there are many little palms on the road that tell you which way to go, YOU WONT GET LOST!

What to Expect

PALM is an exciting six day bicycle ride across Michigan. We use scenic, paved back roads geared to the novice and intermediate rider. The daily distances range between (35 to 60 miles)

The Family

Our largest age groups are 10 - 19 and 50 - 59 year olds. One third of our riders are new to PALM every year, but another third have ridden PALM from 5 to 25 times.

 

Register for PALM 2015

If you haven’t already registered for PALM 2015 it’s not too late. We still have room, so call all your friends and  get your 2015 Application in as soon as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172.

PALM Staff

PALM 2015 Application

The 2015 PALM application is now posted as a PDF document on the Downloads tab of this website.

To register for PALM 2015, download and then complete the application. Mail the completed application (with the required signatures), a business sized stamped self-addressed envelope, and a check or money order covering the appropriate fees for all participants on the application to PALM, PO Box 7161, Ann Arbor, MI 48107. Be sure to complete and include the signature page(s) for all applicants.  Applications will not be accepted without the required signatures.

If you want to register as part of a group, include all the applications and self-addressed envelopes for your group in the same envelope when you mail them to us. That way either everybody in your group will get on PALM or no one from your group will get on PALM.

We have filled as quickly as two days. We use the postmark on the envelope as the cutoff. To guarantee the earliest possible postmark, take the envelope to a post office and ask them to postmark the envelope immediately and mail it first-class. You don’t have to mail the application by priority mail: that doesn’t affect the postmark. We go by postmark even if it takes days for us to receive it.  We will count Sunday and Monday postmarks as equal, so there is no need to find a post office that is open on Sunday.

If you have questions or concerns Please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172.

Registration for 2015

The 2015 PALM application will be posted on the Downloads tab of our website www.palmbiketour.org on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at noon. Please tell everyone you know.

To register for PALM 2015, mail the completed application (with the required signatures), a business sized stamped self-addressed envelope, and a check or money order covering the appropriate fees for all participants on the application to PALM, PO Box 7161, Ann Arbor, MI 48107.

If you want to register as part of a group, include all the applications for your group in the same envelope when you mail them to us. That way everyone in your group will get on PALM. If some members of your group live far away, have them download the Signature Waiver on the Downloads tab of our website now, sign it, and send it to you beforehand so you can put the signed waivers in the same envelope as your application(s) that you are mailing.

We have filled as quickly as two days. We use the postmark on the envelope as the cutoff. To guarantee the earliest possible postmark, take the envelope to a post office and ask them to postmark the envelope immediately and mail it 1st class. You don’t have to mail the application by priority mail: that doesn’t affect the postmark. We go by postmark even if it takes days for us to receive it.

If you have questions or concerns Please email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172.

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Patch History

If you’ve never ridden PALM before, you probably didn’t know that some lucky winner wins a free registration just for designing a PALM patch. Now you can see all the PALM patches, since the first ride in 1982.  The Web page is located under the HISTORY heading. There you will be able to click the link PALM Patches and maybe you can get some ideas to design a patch for PALM 2016. The rules for the patch design contest can be found under the heading ABOUT PALM. Click on the link PALM Patch Design Contest.

PALM Jersey for 2015

PALM will be offering another opportunity to purchase a jersey for 2015. This will be our seventh jersey during the history of PALM. The jersey will be made out of the Genesis Fabric, and currently the price of the jersey is being negotiated, but the cost will be somewhere around $50. The jersey must be ordered when filling out the application. To see what the jersey will look like, hover over the DOWNLOADS heading and click the PALM Jersey 2015 link. We have also included the sizing chart for ordering the jersey.

For more information on the history and images of the PALM jerseys, click here.

PALM 34 – Route Confirmed for 2015

The PALM Committee met today in Lansing, Michigan and confirmed the route for next year, June 2015. The route will begin in Bridgman on Saturday, June 20 and end up at Sterling State Park at Lake Erie on Friday, June 26, 2015. A list of sites can be found under the DOWNLOADS tab and tentative route and mileages mileages can be found under the PALM 2015 tab/heading at the top of the page.

The PALM application will be available to download Sunday, January 11, 2015 at noon. Prior to this date, you can download the Signature Waiver  page found under DOWNLOADS. Participants can print out copies of this page and obtain signatures, so they can later be attached to the actual application and submitted after the application goes live on the Web site.

Please do not send in the signature/waiver page by itself; this page must be submitted as part of the actual application. Even if several individuals are included on the registration form, the necessary signatures can be included on separate pages, all stapled to the front registration page. Please e-mail us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172 if you have questions or concerns.

Letter from the Chair

Welcome to PALM

As I am writing this annual “Welcome to PALM” letter the seasons are changing.  The trees are losing their colorful display of leaves.  The nights are cold and the days are cool and crisp.  It’s not ideal biking weather, but we all are looking forward to and planning for next year’s biking season.  PALM has entered its own season of change.  Kevin Novess has reached the end of his term limit as PALM Chair.  I, Beth Best, was elected as PALM Ride Chairwoman for the next 3 years.  I started riding PALM 20 years ago and have been on staff for the past 10 years, so many of you may know me, if not by name at least by face.

PALM XXXIII will be a northern route, starting June 21, 2014 on the shores of Lake Michigan, in Holland and ending June 27, 2013 on the shores of Lake Huron, in Lexington.  Except for our starting and ending locations, we will be staying in entirely new cities or cities PALM has not visited in over 23 years.

PALM is welcoming to both veterans and new riders.  Almost every year, 1/3 of our riders are first timers!  Known as a family friendly ride, PALM often has two or three generations riding together.  Our riders range in age from young children in buggers or tag-alongs, to 6 – 8 year olds pedaling on their own bikes, to folks in their 90’s!  PALM caters to riders at all abilities: optional routes are available for the more enthusiastic cyclists that desire more miles each day.  We even offer one day for those interested in riding a Century (yes that’s 100 miles!)

This year, PALM has made a few changes to the application process that all participants must be aware of.  PALM will continue to “go green”, with applications only available via our website to download and return by mail.  We will not send a hard copy letter informing you of when and how to register as in previous years.  The application will be available to download on January 12, 2014No paper applications will be sent out by mail for PALM XXXIII.  This process ensures that all potential ride participants receive their applications at the same time.

Our Signature Waivers  will be available to download from the PALM Web site prior to the general application.  You  can find the Signature Waiver page under the DOWNLOADS heading at the top of our Web site. This is also where you will find the Application for 2014. We hope that families and friends visiting together over the holidays will be able to review and sign the waiver page together.  Signatures from all riders must be obtained before the general application can be submitted.   This page can be mailed to PALM along with the completed general application after it is posted on our Web site on January 12.

If you plan to ride the 33rd Annual PALM your application must be submitted as soon as possible. Our deadline to register is May 1, 2014, or until we hit the 700 rider capacity.  In 2013, PALM set a record for selling out: all 700 slots were filled in ONE day!  So get your signature waivers signed and applications submitted quickly!

Come see why PALM is “Michigan’s Premier Family Oriented Bicycle Tour since 1982”!  I’m looking forward to seeing you all Pedal Across Lower Michigan in June 2014.

Beth Best
2014 PALM Chair