PO Box 15
Beulah, MI   49617
Phone: 231-651-0957

9th Annual

Arcadia Grit & Gravel
Mountain Bike Race


When: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Arcadia, Michigan

The home page says it all: this course is like nothing you've ever raced before. Here's how the courses break down in terms of distances on the different surfaces (roughly):

Big Grit

Distance is roughly 28 miles
Pavement: 5 miles
Gravel roads: 11 miles
Two-tracks: 3 miles
Single-track: 9 miles

Big Grit Categories
1. Pro/Elite Men
2. Pro/Elite Women
3. Big Grit Men 15-29
4. Big Grit Men 30-39
5. Big Grit Men 40-44
6. Big Grit Men 45-49
7. Big Grit Men 50-54
8. Big Grit Men 55-59

9. Big Grit Men 60+
10. Big Grit Women 15-29
11. Big Grit Women 30-44
12. Big Grit Women 45+
13. Big Grit Single Speed
14. Big Grit Tandems
15. Big Grit All Fat Bikes

Short Grit

Distance is roughly 15 miles
Pavement: 3 miles
Gravel:    3 miles
2-track:   1 mile
Single-track: 8 miles

Short Grit Categories
1. Short Grit Men 11-34
2. Short Grit Men 35-49
3. Short Grit Men 50+
4. Short Grit Women 11-39
5. Short Grit Women 40+
6. Short Grit All Fat Bikes


Tandem riders will have one class with no age or gender breakdown. Only one entry registration per tandem is required – please include both names when registering on line. Tandems can be male-male, male-female, or female-female, any age, any skill level. Please note: there will be no tandem race for the Short Grit.

Single Speeds

Single-speeders will have one class, as well. There will be no single speed race for the Short Grit.

Team Competition

Have a team and want to try your hand at some strategy? The Arcadian will be conducive to some team tactics, since there's a good amount of open, gravel roads to negotiate. So, we're introducing a friendly team competition – get your best riding buddies together and see how you stack up. No extra fees but also no cash awards. You'll be racing for growlers and bragging rights. See the Team Competition Rules under the FAQ and Rules tab on the right.

Pre-riding the course

Anyone can ride either the Big Grit or the Short Grit course anytime; just click on the course map links at the right for a detailed description.

Young Racers

Parents and guardians! Please use good judgement when sending out young racers... at a recent Peak2Peak race, we had to literally 'rescue' several young riders who were in no way prepared to race in poor-weather conditions.  We respectfully ask that no racer under 13 attempt the Short Grit without adult supervision (this is a tough course, even at 15 miles) and that no racer under 15 attempt the Big Grit without adult supervision.  That means an adult riding with the racer at all times.  The adult registration fee would be waived with the paying young rider.  Thank you for keeping safety the most important component of the race!


Race Services CompanyChronoTony and Deb Newton from Newton Timing and Race Services have done a fantastic job at all of our Peak2Peak races at Crystal Mountain and continue the tradition in Arcadia. They'll be using their Chronotrack Systems technology and here's what that means for you:

  1. You will be required to show your driver's license or another appropriate form of ID when you pick up your race packet. Your timing chip will be stuck on the back of your number plate, no muss, no fuss.
  2. Each racer must pick up his/her own packet. Others may not pick up packets for friends, etc.
  3. The start and finish lines will be barricaded off until the actual start of the event so there will not be any premature 'tripping' of the system.

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be at the Pleasant Valley Community Center on Glovers Lake Rd, on Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO PACKET PICK UP ON THE FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE THE RACE!

Wave Start Times

See Wave Start Times tab at right.


No licenses of any kind are required for the Arcadian Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race.


Arcadian Grit & Gravel Tees for both men and women are available for sale when you register on-line or they can be purchased on the day of the race. But best not to wait for race day, since they sell out quickly. See the new design and colors for 2019 at the tab on the right.

Awards, Purse, and Prize Drawings

The awards ceremony be held around 1:00 p.m. starting with Pro/Elite. The purse for the pros will be paid out for the top three finishers for both men and women, as follows:

1st Place:    $400
2nd Place:   $200
3rd Place:    $100

For each age category, the top three finishers will each receive a custom made medal.


You'll also want to stick around for the drawings for other great prizes and merchandise, including coupons for dinners at area restaurants, bike gear and more!

Cook Out for a Cause

Our host for the Arcadia Grit & Gravel, the Pleasant Valley Community Center, is a wonderful centerpiece for the town of Arcadia, where loads of activities are available for young and old alike. The PVCC is a 501c3 non-profit organization and run solely by volunteers, for the community. The AG&G is, in part, a fundraiser for the center. This year, there may be a slight variation on the lunches of the past: there may be food trucks or some other source of food but the important thing to know is that there will be no pre-orders for lunch.


We have a few outstanding options for the travelers out there, each with its own unique amenities and attractions. Please note: with the race taking place at the end of August this year, lodging may be difficult to come by. Best to reserves ASAP.

The  Watervale Inn is a charming ‘old-world' resort on the shores of Lower Herring Lake and Lake Michigan and it’s about 5 miles due north of Arcadia, off of M22. They are offering rooms at the Inn (call the Inn for a discounted rate) and that includes a full dinner Friday night and a hearty breakfast.  Check out their website or call 231-352-9083 for more information.

Patrice and Greg Wisner's Arcadia House Bed & Breakfast is a short walk from the start line and is home comfort at it's finest! Bonus: Patrice is a certified massage therapist!

Last but surely not least, is the Pleasant Valley Resort Motel, right in downtown Arcadia. It’s literally steps from the start line and couldn’t be more convenient. This quaint, cozy motel is clean, comfortable and reasonably-priced. Be sure to mention the Arcadian Grit & Gravel for weekend specials. 

That's it for now! We're looking forward to a great event with an awesome course 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!

Tad Peacock
Race Director
Endoman Promotions, LLC