Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic
The P2P CourseMost racers I talk to think the course is pretty darn good as is so it’ll remain pretty much unchanged, with maybe a new section of trail along with a couple of small surprises. For those of you new to the race this year, the course is a combination of Crystal Mountain property and State land - specifically, the Betsie River Pathway. We've put together what we think is a fantastic layout which promises to be both unique and challenging. One thing we do know: it's really fast.
Racers will start at the base of the mountain with a slight uphill on grass (yeah, I hear the moans), then out to a short section of pavement on CMRS property: then the fun begins. You'll skirt along some wicked-good single-track and 2-tracks on the south side of the property before ducking in to the Betsie River Pathway. There, you'll be on miles of ribbon-like single-track that twists, winds and loops through dense hardwoods and cedar/pine lowland forests, leading to the Betsie River. It is extremely fast because you're mostly going downhill toward the river.
Climbing? Yes. First, out of the river basin (not so bad) then to the base of the mountain on its west side, which becomes a little more challenging. There, you'll find some sweet but technical single-track climbing and descending, followed by a long, steady uphill (for Sport, Expert and Pro/Elite classes only) that will bring racers to the peak of the mountain. As in the past, the Clipper chair lift will be running and there will be tons of spectators at the top to cheer you on. The vistas are awesome but there'll be little time to enjoy the view as you start descending on some of the best downhill single-track in the state, leading back to the base of the mountain where you started. The course clocks out at right around 12 miles.
Please note that the beginner categories will not be climbing to the top of the mountain but will take an alternate route which will still provide plenty of climbing and descending to pack a punch! Be sure to watch for signs at the split off where beginners go straight and the rest of you veer right.
Pre-riding the courseThe trails that comprise the Crystal Mountain and the Betsie River Pathway are always open to riding during the season but those portions that make up the course won't be marked until a couple of days prior to the race. For more information on the trails, check with the Mountain Adventure Center at Crystal Mountain where trail maps are available.
Tony and Debbie Newton from Race Services Company have done a fantastic job in all the previous P2P's and are signed on again this year, using Chronotrack Systems technology. Here's what that means for racers:
Packet Pick UpPacket pick up will be at the Crystal Mountain Lodge (building at the base of the Clipper chair lift) on Friday, October 18 from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and again on Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
Gun TimeAll categories will be timed using GUN TIME – the clock for your wave will start when the first rider in the wave crosses the starting line. Please seed yourselves accordingly!
TandemsTandem riders will have one class with no age or gender breakdown, and will complete 2 loops. Only one entry form/fee per tandem is required and with both names on it. Tandems can be male-male, male-female, or female-female, any age, any skill level.
Single SpeedsMale single-speed racers will have two classes again this year: sport and expert. Sports will do 2 laps and Experts, 3 laps. All female single speed racers will go 2 laps.
LicensesNo licenses of any kind are required for the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic.
Wave Start Times for Sport and BeginnersCheck the Wave Start Times tab on the right sidebar for wave start times.
Peak2Peak T-shirtsPeak2Peak Tees will be available for sale and can be ordered when you fill out you Registration form online. They will also be available on race day at Crystal Mountain. Pre-purchased shirts (ordered when you register) will be included in your packets. Soul-to-Soul will again be providing those great wool-blend riding socks for your racing comfort!
FestivitiesGet fortified for the race! Crystal Mountain is offering a special Racers Pasta Meal on Friday night. Reservations are not necessary but helpful, and can be made by calling Crystal Mountain,
Awards, Purse, and Prize DrawingsThe awards ceremony for the Sports and Beginners classes will be held at the base of the mountain near the finish line, and is scheduled for about 1:00 P.M., give or take. For the Pro/Elite and Expert classes, the awards will start around 3:30. In case of inclement weather, we'll go into the Mountain View Room in the Lodge. There will be medals for the first 3 finishers in each class and cash awards for the top finishers overall for men and women, in the Pro/Elite class and in the Expert classes.
Tour De Tykes Kid's RaceCrystal Mountain, in conjunction with the Friends of the Betsie Valley Trail, will once again be offering the kid's race, the Tour De Tykes It will be open for all racers aged 10 and under and all participants will receive a medal! Check with the Mountain Adventure Center for details and registration. Please note: Endoman Promotions is not accepting registrations for the kid's race.
AccommodationsCrystal Mountain Resort and Spa, one of the Midwest's premier four-season resorts, is offering some great deals on lodging for the weekend; call 800-968-7686 for reservations and information, and be sure to mention the Peak2Peak race or use code 45M62L.
That's it for now! We're looking forward to a great event at an awesome venue and we will strive to make your race day and weekend experience memorable. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us through EndomanPromotions.com, and Happy Training!
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