DALMAC by the Numbers

DALMAC 2013 by the Numbers: Mileage & Statistics

Another year of cycling and another multi-day cycling trip… This year I traveled into Michigan to ride DALMAC, the 5 day cycling tour from East Lansing to Mackinaw. My route actually went over the Mackinac Bridge and onto the Upper Peninsula where we ended in Sault Ste Marie. Just like last year for RAGBRAI 2012, I did keep track of all the statistics on my cycling trip… the mileage, speed, trip time, and workout statistics (calories, heart rate). Below I’ve given a trip total and then a breakdown for each of 5 days of DALMAC. The mileage numbers are a little off from the official DALMAC mileage, but this is mainly because I got off track a couple times and added a few extra miles to my daily routes. For the most part, the numbers are pretty close though. This time around I even added in a few notes on the weather for each day.

Total Mileage & Statistics

Cycling Time: 26 hours 8 minutes
Distance: 418.5 miles
Average Speed: 16.1 mph
Maximum Speed: 37.6 mph
Calories Burned: 19,509
Average Heart Rate: 140 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate: 179 bpm

East Lansing to Shepherd

Cycling Time: 5 hours 46 minutes
Distance: 87 miles
Average Speed: 15 mph
Maximum Speed: 28.3 mph
Calories Burned: 4,670
Average Heart Rate: 146 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate: 172 bpm
Weather: Cloudy, then sunny, 90s – 11mph headwinds

Shepherd to Lake City

Cycling Time: 5 hours 42 minutes
Distance: 91 miles
Average Speed: 15.9 mph
Maximum Speed: 32.9 mph
Calories Burned: 4,394
Average Heart Rate: 144 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate: 164 bpm
Weather: Sunny, Hot, 90s – 5mph tailwinds

Lake City to Central Lake

Cycling Time: 3 hours 56 minutes
Distance: 67.25 miles
Average Speed: 17 mph
Maximum Speed: 37.5 mph
Calories Burned: 3,122
Average Heart Rate: 138 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate: 173 bpm
Weather: Overcast, Rain, 70s – 10mph tailwinds

Central Lake to Pellston

Cycling Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Distance: 95 miles
Average Speed: 15.3 mph
Maximum Speed: 37.6 mph
Calories Burned: 4,375
Average Heart Rate: 139 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate: 179 bpm
Weather: Sunny, 70s – 5mph headwinds

Pellston to Sault Ste. Marie

Cycling Time: 4 hours 34minutes
Distance: 78.25 miles
Average Speed: 17.1 mph
Maximum Speed: 30.1 mph
Calories Burned: 2,948*
Average Heart Rate: 135 bpm
Maximum Heart Rate: 157 bpm
Weather: Overcast, 60s – 5mph tailwinds

* Calories may be slightly off on these days because I forgot to restart the heart rate monitor after making a stop.

2 thoughts on “DALMAC 2013 by the Numbers: Mileage & Statistics”

  1. The last time I was in the area I thought it was ILLEGAL to ride a bike across the bridge. It was either take two ferries (Macinac Cityu to Macinaw Island, the the ferry to St. Ignace) or be carried across by a truck.

    1. You are correct, it is illegal to ride a bicycle across the bridge. That is why I did it as part of DALMAC, which is an organized ride from East Lansing to Mackinac Bridge. There are four routes and one of them goes over the bridge and ends in Sault Ste. Marie. The portion of the ride that goes over the bridge is the only time bicycles are allowed to cross the bridge. It is controlled by the state police and one lane of traffic is blocked off to allow the bicycles to ride across.

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