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Annual 'Tour de Troit' expected to exceed 7,000 cyclists

New 30-mile route passes through iconic neighborhoods

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DETROIT – Michigan's largest cycling ride, the Tour de Troit, kicks off Saturday, attracting riders from all over the metro area.

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The 14th annual ride began at 9 a.m. at Roosevelt Park in Corktown.

Around 7,000 people are expected to ride in the Tour de Troit, more than double the number of riders in the weekly Slow Roll Detroit.

The new 30-mile route passes through many of Detroit's iconic neighborhoods. A 62-mile ride will be held for more advanced riders.

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