Tour Da Yoop, Eh! Raising Money To Fight Childhood Cancer

Tour da Yoop starts on Friday, August 6, in St. Ignace. Riders can select all or part of a 1,200-mile loop that touches all 15 UP counties and countless small towns.

The full tour is composed of 10 sections, averaging 120 miles per section. Cyclists stay in each city for one night and in the morning it’s off to the next city.

The full UP tour is the 10-day challenge, which circles the UP and ends in St. Ignace on August 15. Shorter rides are also available.

The three-day Lakeshore Option includes the tour’s easiest sections, covering St. Ignace to Manistique, Manistique to Escanaba, and Escanaba to Iron Mountain. Two other three-day options cover Iron Mountain to Copper Harbor on August 9-11, and Houghton to Copper Harbor to Grand Marais on August 11-13.

Additional options include two-day and one-day rides. Everyone who participates in any length ride, or who volunteers along the way, is invited to celebrate at the conclusion of the tour, August 15 in St. Ignace.

The tour group provides support along each route, but basically riders ride however they want to. Fast or slow. Solo or group. The riders stay on track with turn-by-turn directions and directional signs at important intersections. A support vehicle stays with the last rider until they have completed a section. Hydration and aid stations along the way allow riders to stretch, refuel and relax.

Tour Da Yoop Eh was founded by James Studinger to help people reconnect with nature.

The Tour da Yoop encourages communities along the route to cheer on the riders. Volunteers who staff the event can raise money for their organizations. Some local groups are volunteering to staff hydrations stations, to driving the support vehicle, and to help place directional signs. Volunteers include Lions clubs, Boy Scouts, and others.

Studinger says that he was inspired by Chris Smith of Engadine, the UP Lions Childhood Cancer Chairman, whose efforts on behalf of UP families with childhood cancer have raised over $ 25,000 from a variety of efforts.

Smith created I Trekked the UP, uplionsserve.org, which encourages donors to get out and walk, ride, ski, or snowshoe and donate to the Upper Peninsula Lions Childhood Cancer Program. This year’s bike Tour is partnering with the Trek. and a portion of the fees for the ride will be donated to the Childhood Cancer Program. Smith explains that the Childhood Cancer Program has worked to identify UP families in need. To date, 39 families are benefitting from the Lions help and resources. To find out more about the UP Lions Childhood Cancer Program, visit uplionsserve.org.

He grew up in Manistique, but now lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He returns to his UP roots whenever possible, either hiking or biking on his own, with his family, or with groups. He enjoys the serenity of the wilderness and the friendly folks along the way. After informally advising friends and acquaintances about things to explore in the UP, he set up a website, www.calloftheyooper.com, describing some possible UP adventures.

More details including costs and registration materials are at www.tourdayoopeh.com.

The Tour da Yoop encourages communities along the route to cheer on the riders. Volunteers who staff the event can raise money for their organizations. Some local groups are volunteering to staff hydrations stations, to driving the support vehicle, and to help place directional signs. Volunteers include Lions clubs, Boy Scouts, and others.

Studinger says that he was inspired by Chris Smith, the UP Lions Childhood Cancer Chairman, whose efforts on behalf of UP families with childhood cancer have raised over $ 25,000 from a variety of efforts. Smith created #iTrekkedtheUP /  #uplionsserve which encourages donors to get out and walk, ride, ski, or snowshoe and donate to the Upper Peninsula Lions Childhood Cancer Program.

This year’s bike Tour is partnering with the Trek. and a portion of the fees for the ride will be donated to the Childhood Cancer Program. Smith explains that the Childhood Cancer Program has worked to identify UP families in need. To date, 39 families are benefitting from the Lions help and resources. To find out more about the UP Lions Childhood Cancer Program, visit uplionsserve.org.

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