Arcadia Grit & Gravel
Mountain Bike Race
Presented by Stormcloud Brewing Company
Endoman’s home page says, “...our goal is to develop and promote a
few great races here in the beautiful northwest lower peninsula of
Michigan.” Well, we’re making good on that promise with the
Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race, to be held the third
Saturday each May.
The AG&G race spans territory covering two counties and is like no other in the state: a unique blend of wicked-tough gravel roads in northern Manistee County, some hidden-gem two-tracks and finally, the world-class single track of the Arcadia Dunes C.S. Mott Nature Preserve trail system in southern Benzie County. The Arcadia Dunes trail system is part of a 3000 acre preserve owned and under the stewardship of the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and to that organization, we are very grateful. Because, without their generous support this event wouldn’t be happening.
Here’s some info about the course: it’s tough. This may well be the longest
26-mile race you’ll ever gear up for. Even with miles of gravel roads, backwoods 2-tracks, and even some pavement, finishing this monster loop
in less than 2 hours is going to be a challenge. Race Central will be at the
Pleasant Valley Community Center in Arcadia, which is a block east of
M22 on Glovers Lake Rd. In a new twist, we’re working on having the
Start line in downtown Arcadia, with the finish where is was last year, at
the Community Center. When the gun goes off, racers will be on a
2 mile paved roll out, then the fun begins. Gravel roads with plenty of
elevation gain, some secret two-tracks and the incredible Arcadia
Dunes trail will round out the 26 miles. The Short Grit racers will
experience most of the same course, just shorter portions of it.
Both courses will be tough and gritty with a seriously big fun factor.
See you in Arcadia on May 21st!
2015: Jorden Wakeley and Kaitlyn Patterson
2014: Jorden Wakeley and Beth Craven
2013: Mike Anderson and Sue Stephens
2012: Jorden Wakeley and Susan Stephens