PO Box 15
Beulah, MI 49617
The Grit & Gravel is unlike any other race you’ve experienced in Michigan – or at least we hope so! It combines in fairly equal parts, pavement, two-tracks, gravel roads and some of the best IMBA-built single-track in the state. It’s roughly 26 miles long and the average finishing time will be over 2 hours for the Big Grit, over an hour for the Short Grit.
Chronotrack Timing will be provided by Newton Timing and Race Services. Handlebar number plates with timing chips will be used for the best timing available. Do not remove the timing chip off of the number plate! Do not put the number plate anywhere but on the handle bar or your time will not be recorded! Twist ties will be provided to attach the plates, but you may use zip ties, too. The race is “gun timed”, which means that each rider in each wave will get the start time of their wave.
Most teammates will want to start off in the same wave, though it’s not required that you do. You can have as many riders on you team as you want, but only the top three times will be added together to get the team time. Lowest combined time is the winner. And there has to be at least one guy and one gal included in the top 3 that are counted. So let’s say you have a team with 5 guys and one female and 3 of the 5 guys finish with the best times, then the female, then the other 2 guys. We will take the first 2 guys’ times and then the female’s time for the 3 to be counted. Make sense? Oh, well, ask us at the registration... and remember, the Gravel Travel Trophy is at stake!
Just go to the registration site (Race Services) and follow the prompts. You can designate a person to get all the teammates on the team, or each team member can do it while registering. But be aware that you must be registered before you can attach yourself, or be assigned by someone else, to a team.
Your race age is your age on race day.
NO! Rules of the road apply for the Arcadia Grit & Gravel – this is an open course, meaning you’ll be sharing the road with CARS and in any fight with a bike, they win. If you’re caught crossing the centerline, your number will be recorded and you’ll face automatic disqualification. SAFETY IS OUR FIRST CONCERN (with fun being a very, very close second)!
Take a guess: NO! This race, along with the Peak2Peak, is a lot about good stewardship and promoting a responsible cycling community. Throwing your junk anywhere on the course, other than at the aid station, will result in automatic disqualification.
The Wednesday before the race, at midnight. After that you’ll have to wait to register on race day, which will cost $10 more than online registration. No registration will be accepted on the Thursday or Friday before race day, though there will be race day Registration.
Packet pickup and late registration is race day, Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Pleasant Valley Community Center on Glovers Lake Road, a quarter mile east of M22 in Arcadia. Please note: there will be NO Friday packet pick up.
You may confirm your entry by going to www.raceservices.com.
Yes, anytime including race day and there is no charge unless you are moving to the Tandem category or from Short Grit to the Big Grit.
Yes! There will be one station only, at the top of the gravel road climb, about half way into the race (for the Big Grit). Even so, be sure to bring enough energy and hydration to sustain you for 2 or more hours!
The race runs in snow, rain or shine but in the event that we have a major weather event such as tornado warnings or severe thunderstorms, the race would be shortened, delayed or canceled with no refunds.
The Betsie River Campground in Elberta, about 10 miles north of Arcadia, may be open and there may be camping somewhere near Manistee, about 15 miles south, or in and around Ludington, about 40 miles away.
There will be numerous places to watch the riders because of the open format of the race. But one of the very best places to see everyone up close and personal is where the Arcadia Dunes Trail crosses Matzinger, about a quarter mile east of St Pierre. Another good place is anywhere along the long climb up Taylor Rd. Park anywhere along the two-mile climb and cheer your racer(s) on. Check the map online for other places to watch – it’s easy to go from place to place on this course, though we’d like to keep traffic down to a minimum.
In part, it is. Volunteers for the community center will be selling the beer from Stormcloud Brewing Company and also offering a barbeque lunch for a small fee. All the proceeds from the sale of food and beer will help support this great center, which gives the folks of Arcadia a place to hold meetings, give the kids a place to play, etc.
Absolutely! By exposing this incredible tract of land to a wider audience, it is hoped that folks will see the value in preserving the parcels that include the C.S. Mott Arcadia Dunes trails, those crazy good single-track trails you’ll be riding on race day. Plus, Endoman Promotions makes a donation to them each year. Please consider making a donation to the Regional Land Conservancy.