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With a mix of gravel roads, two-tracks and the worldclass 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 has proven a challenge for even well-trained racers. 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.

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In 2024, the date for the race is set for Saturday, May 18th and registration will open on Friday, January 12th at noon!Look for emails with a link and for info on the Endoman Facebook page. PLEASE NOTE: The cap for this race will be 400!  When that mark is reached, online registration will close and there will be no Day-of registration. However, if the 400 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

January 12 to February 29: $45

March 1 - 31: $50

April 1 - 30: $55

May 1 - 15: $60

Day-of (if available): $70

Registration Fees: Big Grit

January 12 to February 28: $55

March 1 -31: $60

April 1 - 30: $65

May 1 - 15: $70

Day-of (if available): $80

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.

  1. Contact Endoman Promotions, by emailing to, or through the website, with your request to transfer your registration to another racer.

  2. Go to the Registration Transfer Form (see button below) and print out the Registration Transfer Form.

  3. Send your completed Arcadian Transfer Form and $10.00 (check or money order) transfer fee to:
    Endoman Promotions
    P.O. Box 15
    Beulah, MI 49617
    Please make checks payable to: Endoman Promotions

  4. The Registration Transfer Form must be from the original Registrant only and needs to be completely filled out.


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12th Annual

Stormcloud Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race

Race Day - May 18, 2024
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 a popup

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

Awards ceremony


Race Day Timeline

Short Grit Race - 14 miles



Men 11-34

Men 35-49

Men 50+

All Men Fat Bikes

Women 11-34

Women 35-49

Women 50+

All Women Fat Bikes

Big Grit Race - 28 miles


WAVE 1 - 10:15AM START

All Pro/Elite Men and Women

WAVE 2 - 10:17AM START

Men 13-24
Men 25-29

Men 30-39
Men 40-44
Men 45-49

Men 50-54

All Single Speed (Men and Women)

All Men Fat Bikes

WAVE 3 - 10:19AM START

Men 55-64
Men 65+
Women 13

Women  25-34
Women 35-44
Women 45-59
Women 60+
All Women Fat Bikes

Wave Start Times



Click the buttons below to access the different course maps for Arcadia Grit & Gravel.

Course Maps

2023: Jorden Wakeley and Erica Stehouwer

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






We would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors! Without them none of this would be possible.

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