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Michigan Mountain Mayhem “Gravel Grinder”

The Gravel Grinder will be a gravel road race like nothing you could have imagined. This event will always be the first Saturday in October (October 7th, 2017 ) and is limited to 2000 riders.  You can expect a huge purse of $12,300 as well as some of the fastest racers in the Country.

There will be a 20 mile, a 45 mile and a 60 mile race. The 20 mile race is very flat, but the 45 and 60 mile races will have long steep climbs, which will test your mental sanity.

Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder on our Forum Thread

 

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Hiawatha’s Revenge

The Hiawatha’s Revenge is a self supported gravel road race through the roads of the Hiawatha National Forest.  There will be 30ish, 60ish mile and 100ish mile options. all races will head southeast  covering a mix of roads. Surfaces will range from pavement to two tracks, to sandy roads, to wet clay and probably everything in between- including miles and miles of well maintained gravel forest roads.the 30 miller will travel south towards 16 mile lake. Both longer races will ride to the Steuben, MI area before heading back towards Valley Spur. http://www.mbtn.org/events/2016/6/18/hiawathas-revenge-gravel-grinder

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Cone-Azalia Classic

Cone-Azalia Class Gravel Road Race

The Cone-Azalia Classic gravel road race is held on rough and narrow farm roads – fitting for a Spring classic. A four-corner dirt road circuit on the farm roads of Monroe County!   About 90% of the course is gravel so be prepared for variable conditions.  This is not a race to bring your deep dish carbon wheels to – there are rocks, railroad crossings, and wind!

The Cone-Azalia Classic gravel road race has a new format this year. We now offer two distances – a 54 mile starting at 10:00AM and a 27 mile starting at 1:00PM.  Also new this year – USA Cycling licenses are optional.  If you have a USA Cycling license you get a call-up based on your license category.  If not, you’re free to race with the open waves/age groups.

More information and event flyer at coneazalia.com, email questions to coneazalia@gmail.com

Promoted by the Ann Arbor Velo Club

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The Lowell 50

The Lowell 50

Race Description: The Lowell 50 is a classic old world style gravel road race. You’ll race along the banks of the Flat River and through rural Ionia County on approximately 85% unpaved roads. You may choose from either the 57 or 34 mile race, both routes are single loops.  The courses are challenging, scenic, and fun. Including one historic wooden covered bridge dating back to the mid-1800s’.

Where: The race will start and finish at Fallasburg County Park (See Location Map). This park was first opened in 1929 on 56 acres of land. It now encompasses over 180 acres including two spring fed streams, an island on the Flat River, and a portion of the 4000 mile North Country Trail passing through its boundaries. The park also boasts paved and unpaved walking paths, several play grounds, ball fields, and a disc golf course. Bring the whole family; Fallasburg Park is a real gem and a great venue for this bike race.

Who: This race is for anyone who wants a challenge. From the elite road, cyclocross, mountain bike racer, to those of you just looking for a great ride.

What Bike: Road, cross, mountain, fat, or tandem, your choice. Any bike will work, bring your favorite.

Timing: RFID overhead chip timing. 

Parking: Convenient parking directly across from the lodge (600 – 700 vehicles).

Race Packets: You may pickup your bib number with timing chips Saturday morning between 7:30 and 9:30 am at the Fallasburg Park lodge.

Awards: Medals/Cash to the top three overall finishers, both races and Medals/Cash to the top three 57 mile teams.

Cash Purse:

First overall finishers (male & female) both races – $250.00
Second overall finishers (male & female) both races – $150.00
Third overall finishers (male & female) both races – $100.00

Fat Bikes: (male & female) First – $100.00  Second – $75.00 Third – $50.00

Medals to all of the top three category finishers, both races.

2017 Race Series Raffle Prizes will be announced after the first of the year. 

 

 

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Founders Barry-Roubaix

Founders Barry-Roubaix

2017 date MARCH 25th. Stay tuned for updates….

The largest gravel road bicycle race in the world!
Challenging race traversing the rolling and scenic gravel roads throughout Barry County, Michigan
Over $32,000 in awards cash and prizes
Kick off the race season with 0ver 3,500 of your fellow cyclists
Cyclocross, Mountain, Road, Single-Speed, Fixed gear, Fatbikes & Tandem bicycles are welcome in any category
The course will be marked. Directional arrows will be coordinated with your race length. RED = 62 mile, YELLOW = 36 mile and BLUE = 22 mile race
Neutral aid stations
A huge after-party and awards ceremony

Like the classic it’s named after, Barry-Roubaix will test riders against (80%) rolling gravel roads, pavement, one mile of rough two track, rocks, sand, mud, and possibly snow and ice as you traverse the scenic roads of Barry County, Michigan.

We offer three race lengths to challenge riders of all abilities.
The 24-mile Cushe “Chiller” has approx. 1200 feet of elevation,
The 36-mile Smith Optics “Thriller” climbs approx. 2200 feet
The 62-mile Foundry Cycles “Killer” you can expect approx. 3800 feet of elevation.

We also offer a team competition category. Race as an individual AND see how your team stacks up against some of the areas best

$28,000 in awards cash and prizes

One Huge after-party with Founders beer and a live band after the awards.

 

 

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Melting Mann

 

You’re invited to Cass County Michigan’s 4th Annual Dirt Road Bike Challenge, MELTING MANN!

Join us on Sunday, March 19th, 2017. Crank-Up your race season by challenging yourself to an Open Class Dirt Road Grinder of 32 or 22 miles on a roller coaster race course. Time to get your race season started with some of southwest Michigan’s most challenging dirt roads during the spring thaw. MANN UP and sign up for MELTING MANN today! Registration kicks off online on Friday, November 4th, 2017 or will be available when you visit our Melting Mann display during the Bell’s Iceman Expo. Registration is limited to the first 1,000 riders so mark your calendars, save the date and let your training begin!

Melting Mann dirt road bike challenge is just a small part of a great day. The Melting Mann experience begins in the morning as you enjoy homemade chocolate chip cookies and a kick start to your race with a cup of specially brewed Peloton Roast by Ron’s Beans. The welcoming atmosphere of our celebration area invites not only racers but families and spectators, offering warming fires, a view of the finish line and great music by DJ DMC. Awesome food, our own Muddy Derailleur crafted beer, brewed for our racers by Goshen Brewing Company, takes your day over the top and puts our event the calendar for next race season!

Stick around for the awards and Pedal Pusher Prize presentation.  Don’t miss your chance to win the KONA ROVE AL GRAVEL ROAD BIKE, sponsored by the Pedal, Central District Cyclery and Kona ! We will also give away two sets of rollers provided by SportsCrafters and Spin Zone Cycling, a great training option when we are held hostage to training indoors.  Participants must be present to win these great door prizes.

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Barry-Roubaix this weekend

The very popular Barry-Roubaix Killer Gravel Road Race is this Saturday, March 22 in Hastings, Michigan. There are 24, 36, and 62-mile options to accomodate riders of any level.  It’s the unofficial start of the season in the Upper Midwest. Last year, a total of 2,150 riders participated in all of the distances  – 361 […]

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[Editorial] Gravel is not a Fad

NOTE: This is normally the news feed, but occasionally we will be posting editorial pieces. – by Ben, creator of Riding Gravel Riding Gravel This website started last fall after some coercing from Andy at pedal of Littleton to get a gravel ride going in the fall after interest in the spring AntiEpic. It was […]

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