PO Box 15
Beulah, MI 49617
Any mountain bike race is a celebration - especially the Peak2Peak Mountain Bike Classic! This race has turned into a mini end-of-season party; it's such a great time of year to be riding in the woods with the temps down, the fall color starting to turn and all the extra amenities Crystal Mountain has to offer.
As for the P2P event coming October 20, it's going to offer many of the same features you've all come to expect: Founders returns as the title sponsor, our competent and fun-loving local bike shops will be on hand, Crystal Mountain will be providing a foodie-lovers spread and the competition will be fevered and fierce – and all in the spirit of a good time.
We’re happy to welcome back for the forth year our title sponsor, Founders Brewing Co. out of Grand Rapids, the fastest-growing microbrewery in Michigan! Join Dave E (co-founder) and crew for an All-Day IPA, Dirty Bastard and other tasty brews after a hard go around on the course. Welcome back, Founders!
Make the Wild Tomato Restaurant and Bar in the Lodge at Crystal your Friday night headquarters to get fortified for the race! This cozy restaurant will be dedicated to all racers and their families as they serve the best pasta meal around – lots of great food and a very reasonable price! Reservations aren’t necessary but helpful. Call 800-968-7686.
Each year, we try to throw in a little tweak just to mix things up.. but there will still be lots of places to pass, a great mix of two-tracks, some gravel road sections and of course, miles of smiles on the fantastic single-track!
The crew with Endoman Promotions and Crystal Mountain is on pace to help make the 2018 P2P another great experience for racers and their families. The Clipper chair lift will be running (no charge), and there will be an array of excellent food, including a huge barbeque, complete with side dishes. And, of course, the Founders folks will be on hand to make sure the beer keeps flowing! This is going to be a very family-friendly experience so bring everyone along and make it a weekend!
On-line registration closes at noon on Thursday, October 18, unless the 1000-racer mark is reached before that date. So, now is the time to register if you want to make sure you get in. If there is still room after the October 18 deadline, you’ll have to register in person on Friday between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., or on Saturday morning starting at 7:30 a.m. But it will cost an extra ten bucks, as well, so don’t wait - register on-line now!
On Friday, pre-registered racers can pick up thier race packets, t-shirts, and other merchandise from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Mountain View Lodge. And our title sponsor, Founders Brewing Co, will be on hand in case there's a racer or a supporter of a racer who would like to sample some of that fine product. Come on in to the lodge, get your packet and/or register, hang out with a cold one and catch up with guys and gals you haven’t seen for awhile, and relax before the big day. Packet pickup and Day-of registration on Saturday starts at 7:30 a.m. Since the Pros/Elites/Experts don’t go off until 12:50 p.m., those racers can pick up their packets or register anytime up to noon on race day. You may also switch your category at packet pick up, but it will cost $10 to do so. You can switch your category before on-line registration closes, as well. Just send an email to the race director, Tad Peacock.
Check the Wave Start Times tab on the right sidebar for wave start times.
The awards ceremonies will be held at the base of the mountain right outside the lodge. The Beginner category awards will be held at around 11:45. The sports classes will have their ceremony at around 1:00 pm and the Pros/Experts will have their ceremony somewhere around 3 or 3:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, we’ll go into the Mountain View Room in the Lodge. There will be medals for the first 3 finishers in each class and cash awards for the top 5 finishers overall for men and women in the Pro/Elite class and the top three of the Expert classes. Check the Registration Info page for the payout schedule.
The drawing for schwag will be done by staff and winning names or bib numbers will be put on the prize. Check under the tent or in the registration area to see if you were one of the lucky ones. Names for some of the bigger ticket items will be drawn ‘live’ in front of everyone and that will happen during the award ceremonies. Some of the items offered will include lift passes at Crystal, golf passes, and dinners at area restaurants, bike gear, tools, clothing, race entries, and more.
One of the best places to watch the action, and your favorite racer, is at the top of the Clipper Chair Lift (for sport, experts and pro racers). It’s a free trip up, so grab the kids and take a ride! Other places to view racers are the base of the mountain at the Start/Finish line, and out at the Bestie River Pathway trailhead on Longstreet Rd, which is off of King Road, right across from the Mountain Valley Motel on M115. To get there, go about 5 miles west on M115 from Crystal Mt (toward Benzonia/Frankfort), take a left on King Rd, go down about a half mile, hang another left on Longstreet Rd and go down about a mile to the trailhead on the left. You can’t miss it. Riders will be passing through this area twice in pretty quick succession and will be sharing the road with you – please watch out for them if you go out there.
That’s pretty much it for now. Get ready to rock at a great race, in a great venue. Peak2Peak + Crystal Mountain Resort + Founders Brewing Co = a day to remember!