PO Box 15
Beulah, MI 49617
Veterans of this race know that the course is pedal to the metal almost the whole time, while winding in and out of forest pathways and open grasslands. For those of you new to the race, the course is a combination of Crystal Mountain property and State land - specifically, the Betsie River Pathway. One of my favorite things about putting on this race each year is determining what new little twist can be incorporated - just to keep things fresh! All in all, we strive to put together a fantastic layout with unique and challenging features.
Racers will start at the base of the mountain, then out to a short section of pavement on CMRS property and that's when 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 always, the Clipper chair lift will be running (no charge to go up and down) 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.
The 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 Newton Timing and Race Services 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 up will be at the Crystal Mountain Lodge (building at the base of the Clipper chair lift) on Friday, October 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and again on Race Day from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
All 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 within your wave!
Tandem 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.
Male 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.
No licenses of any kind are required for the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic.
Check the Wave Start Times tab on the right sidebar for wave start times.
P2P tees, beanies, socks and baseball caps will be available for sale at the race. The Tee's can be ordered when you register online for the race.
Get 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,
The awards ceremony for the Beginners and Sport classes will be held at the base of the mountain near the finish line - Beginners awards to start at 11:45am, and Sports at 12:45pm. For the Pro/Elite and Expert classes, the awards will start around 3:30pm. In case of inclement weather, we'll go into the Mountain View Room in the Lodge. There will be medals for the top 3 finishers in each class, plus cash awards for the top finishers in both the Expert and Pro/Elite classes.
|1st Place Pro/Semi Pro/Elite Men & Women||$1,000|
|2nd Place Pro/Semi Pro/Elite Men & Women||$ 750|
|3rd Place Pro/Semi Pro/Elite Men & Women||$ 500|
|4th Place Pro/Semi Pro/Elite Men & Women||$ 250|
|5th Place Pro/Semi Pro/Elite Men & Women||$ 125|
|All Expert Categories:|
|1st Place||$ 80|
|2nd Place||$ 60|
|3rd Place||$ 40|
Crystal Mountain will once again be offering the kid's race, the Tour De Tykes, for kids ages 12 and under. Crystal will also offer the Tour De Tiny Tykes, for ages 6 and under. Registration will held the day of at the Mountain Adventure Zone. No pre-registration. All participants receive medals. Inquires should call Brett Gleason at 888.968.7686 ext 7502. Please note: Endoman Promotions does not take registrations for the kid's race - please call Crystal Mountain for more info.
Crystal 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 this code: PEAKRACE
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!
Endoman Promotions, LLC