Despite rain, thousands pedal in annual Tour de Troit bicycling event in Detroit

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DETROIT — An event promoted as Michigan's biggest cycling ride is rolling through Detroit.

Under occasional rain, the 14th annual Tour de Troit was expected to draw as many as 7,000 people Saturday. Only 30 people were involved at the first Tour de Troit.

The 30-mile ride starts in Detroit's Corktown, passes through several historic neighborhoods and circles Belle Isle. There's a 62-mile ride for advanced riders.

The event has raised nearly $200,000 for greenways and other non-motorized projects in Detroit, helping develop more than 17 miles of bike lanes.

Detroit has become a hotpot for bicycling in recent years. A weekly ride called Slow Roll Detroit also is popular, often attracting 3,000 or more cyclists on Monday evenings.



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