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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The Gravel Grinder is a gravel road race like nothing you can imagine.
It is limited to 2000 riders.
The Gravel Grinder is essentially three races in one. The Easy 18 mile race is flat and easy, a great race for beginners or even the kids in the family. The Fast 40 mile race is a gravel race best suited for Cross bikes. The seasonal roads have been removed for this route. Expect lots of fast gravel mixed with some tough climbs. The Sadistic 60 mile race is for the person who wants a true challenge. You get five monster climbs, lots of fast gravel roads, multiple sections of tough seasonal roads which have sand, mud and rocks and also a white knuckle descent. Whatever bike/tire you choose it will be the wrong one at some point. This route will test your mental sanity.
Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about the Michigan Mountain Mayhem Gravel Grinder on our Forum Thread
You’re invited to Cass County Michigan’s Annual Dirt Road Bike Challenge, MELTING MANN!
Join us on Sunday, March 25th, 2018. 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!
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.
Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Melting Mann thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.
2018 date APRIL 21st. 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.
Discuss and share your questions or thoughts about this event on the Founders Barry-Roubaix thread on the Riding Gravel Forum.
The Lowell 50
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.
What Bike: Road, cross, mountain, fat, or tandem, your choice. Any bike will work, bring your favorite.
Timing: RFID chip timing with (Times -7) Slimline linear timing mats and high speed video.
Parking: Convenient parking directly across from the lodge (600 – 700 vehicles).