With a mix of gravel roads, two-tracks and the now-famous Arcadia Dunes trail system, this race is unique and will challenge your adaptability and perseverance (but won’t break you)!
This 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. It’s only with their generous support that we’re able to offer this one-of-a-kind event.
The Big Grit may well be the longest 28-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. 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 28 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.
Online registration opens at 12 pm EST on January 12th, 2023 and closes at 11:59 pm EST the Wednesday before the race.
In 2023, the date for the race is set for Saturday, May 20th. Look for emails with a link and for info on the Endoman Facebook page. Online registration will close at noon on the Thursday before the race. PLEASE NOTE: The cap for this race will be 333! When that mark is reached, online registration will close and there will be no Day-of registration. However, if the 333 racer mark is not reached, Day-of registration will be available (at an increased cost). So register early and save! Please note, for Day-Of registration (if available), we can accept cash and checks only, no credit cards. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Registration Fees: Short Grit
Registered racers number 1 to 50: $40
Registered racers 51 to 100: $50
Registered racers 101 and up: $60
Registration Fees: Big Grit
Registered racers number 1 to 100: $50
Registered racers 101 to 200: $57.50
Registered racers 201 to 300: $65
Registered racers from 301 and up: $75
Sorry, no refunds for any reason. However, you may transfer your entry to another racer - just follow the simple steps below.
Registration Transfer Protocol
You may transfer your registration to another rider by following these steps. We must receive a request for transfer via email by midnight (EST) one week prior to the race date, and a completed form, along with a check for $10, postmarked one week prior to the race date for transfers to be considered.
Contact Endoman Promotions, by emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the website, with your request to transfer your registration to another racer.
Go to the Registration Transfer Form (see button below) and print out the Registration Transfer Form.
Send your completed Arcadian Transfer Form and $10.00 (check or money order) transfer fee to:
P.O. Box 15
Beulah, MI 49617
Please make checks payable to: Endoman Promotions
The Registration Transfer Form must be from the original Registrant only and needs to be completely filled out.
Stormcloud Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race
Race Day - May 20, 2023
Pleasant Valley Community Center, Arcadia
8:30 - 9:30AM......
Please note: all times are subject to minor changes. Thank you and have a great race!
-The Endoman Crew
Packet pick-up and Day-of Registration opens outside under the big top
Bike shop and business sponsors set up
Music and announcing begin
Singing of the National Anthem
ALL Short Grit racers go off
Big Grit Pro/Elite racers go off (men and women)
See "Waves Start Times" below
Stormcloud beer is tapped; food trucks open up
RACE DAY TIMELINE
Short Grit Race - 14 miles
WAVE 1 - 10AM START
All Fat Bikes
Big Grit Race - 28 miles
WAVE 1 - 10:15AM START
All Pro/Elite Men and Women
WAVE 2 - 10:17AM START
All Single Speed
WAVE 3 - 10:19AM START
All Fat Bikes
WAVE START TIMES
2022: Garret Jenema and Erica Stehouwer
2021: Garrett Jenema and Emma Schwab
2020: The Lost Year
2019: Jamison Sheppard and Erica Stehouwer
2018: Tyler Weston and Susan Vigland
2017: Brad White and Kaitlyn Patterson
2016: Alex Vanias and Kaitlyn Patterson
2015: Jorden Wakeley and Kaitlyn Patterson
2014: Jorden Wakeley and Beth Craven
2013: Mike Anderson and Sue Stephens
2012: Jorden Wakeley and Sue Stephens