Application is available for PALM 2016

The application for PALM 2016 (PALM XXXV), is now available. To download the application, hover over the “Downloads” tab above and click on Application 2016.

If you wish to join us on this year’s PALM, you will need to complete the application and send it in by regular US mail. Be sure to sign all necessary places on the Waiver page (participants, parent if necessary, and sponsor if necessary). Include a check for the correct amount and a stamped self-addressed legal size envelope. Applications that are submitted without the necessary signatures may lose their place on the ride.

Please remember, 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. If some members of your group live far away, have them download the Signature Waiver on the Downloads tab of our website, sign it and send it to you beforehand so that you can put the signed waivers in the same envelope as your application(s) that you are mailing to us.

The ride is limited to approximately the first 700 participants. We will accept by date of postmark and will conduct a lottery if necessary. Please do not send your application by Priority or Express Mail as this will not increase your chance of being on the ride.

Please note that all participants must register and pay the appropriate fee, with the exception of sag drivers and truck drivers. This includes non-rider, young children, and drivers of private vehicles that will accompany the ride.

If you are accepted for PALM 35, you will be notified by email or phone as soon as possible, probably within two to four weeks. If you are not accepted, we will return your check.

We hope to see you on PALM 35!

PALM 35 Application link

Happy New Year

Happy_New_Year_2016-b The PALM Staff would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year.

Just a reminder, the PALM application will be posted on our Web site on Sunday, January 10. Participants will be able to download the application and send it in with the appropriate payment and also the required signatures. These signatures on the second page of the application include those of the participants and of the parent and sponsor, where appropriate. If applications are submitted without the necessary signatures, all participants that are included on that application may forfeit their places on the ride.

You can download both the application and the signature waiver page which can be found under the DOWNLOADS tab of 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 email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172 if you have questions or concerns.

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SIGNATURE WAIVERS

Wow, I can’t believe we are about a month away from posting the PALM application for next years ride. PALM applications will be posted on our web site on Sunday, January 10. Participants will be able to download the application and send it in with the appropriate payment and also the required signatures. These signatures on the second page of the application include those of the participants and of the parent and sponsor, where appropriate. If applications are submitted without the necessary signatures, all participants that are included on that application may forfeit their places on the ride.

We understand that sometimes it is difficult for participants to immediately obtain signatures when the application is posted. Therefore, you can download and print the signature page by clicking on the link below or under the DOWNLOADS tab. Participants can print out copies of this page and obtain signatures, so that completed applications can be submitted after the actual application is posted on January 10. 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 email us at palmbiketour@yahoo.com or call 734-669-0172 if you have questions or concerns.

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Letter from the Chair

Welcome to PALM

This year we will celebrate the 35th annual PALM. The volunteer staff is working hard to make this a great ride. We look forward to welcoming first time riders to join our veterans who have been on PALM many years.

PALM XXXV is a northern route, starting June 18th 2016 on Lake Michigan’s shore in Pentwater. We will end June 24th on Lake Huron’s shore in Oscoda. Except for the first two site locations, we will be staying in entirely new towns that PALM has never visited before. Some maybe small but they all are looking forward to welcoming PALM riders.

PALM is a family friendly ride, welcoming bikers of all ages and abilities. Daily average mileage is between 40 and 60 miles. We often have two to three generations riding together. Our riders range in age from toddlers in buggers or tag-alongs, to 6-8 year olds pedaling on their own bikes or on tandems, to folks in their 90’s. PALM provides daily optional routes for the more enthusiastic cyclists who desire higher mileage. We even offer a Century for those interested in tackling 100 miles in a single day.

PALM is in the process of streamlining our registration, and has a few changes to announce. New this year, participants have the option of buying all meals (breakfast & dinner) or no meals at all. Riders no longer have the option of choosing which days to purchase meals. A few years ago, PALM made our application available via our web site to download and return by mail. This year’s application will be available on January 10, 2016. Be sure to mail in your applications early, as PALM tends to fill quickly. Don’t forget to have everyone sign the release form, which is available now for download. We accept the first 700 applicants. In 2017, we hope to have our registration process completely online.

I look forward to seeing everyone in June.

Beth Best
PALM XXXV Chair

Tentative Approval for 2016 Route

The wait is over! We have tentative approval from our school sites and can announce the June 2016 PALM route! PALM XXXV will be a Northern route as follows: Pentwater, Whitehall, White Cloud, Evart, Gladwin, Hale, and Oscoda!

Remember to mark your calendar to register for the ride in 2016. The PALM application with go live on Sunday, January 10, 2016.

PALM 35

Are you interested in riding PALM 35 (XXXV) June 18 – 24, 2016? Make sure you put the dates on your calendar. We will be posting more information as we confirm the route. We hope to see you next year.