top of page


  • What is the Arcadia Grit and Gravel?
    The Grit & Gravel is unlike any other race you’ve experienced in Michigan! It combines gravel roads, two-tracks, a little pavement and some of the best IMBA-built single-track in the state. The Big Grit is roughly 28 miles long and the average finishing time will be over 2 hours; the Short Grit is about 14 miles and will average over an hour.
  • How will the race be timed?
    Chronotrack Timing will be provided by Epic Race Timing. 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 that wave, regardless of your position in the wave when the gun goes off. With that in mind, please position yourself appropriately in your wave.
  • What is my age for the race?
    Your race age is your age on race day.
  • Can I cross the center line of a paved road?
    NOPE! 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 center line, your number will be recorded and you’ll face automatic disqualification. SAFETY IS OUR FIRST CONCERN (with fun being a very, very close second)!
  • Can I throw my empty gu packets, bar wrappers or other junk on the course?"
    NO! This race, along with Peak2Peak, is 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.
  • Are ebikes or pedal-assisted bikes allowed in the Arcadia Grit & Gravel?
  • Which type of bike is best suited for Arcadia Grit & Gravel?
    That’s a personal choice. 80% of racers ride their mountain bikes, the other 20% break out their gravel bikes.
  • When does online registration end?
    The Friday before the race, at noon. If the cap of 400 racers is not reached before the race, there will be race day Registration. However, we anticipate that the cap will be reached before race day, so don’t hesitate - enter today!
  • If there is race-day registration, can I pay with a credit card?
    Sorry, the community center doesn’t have the capabilities to accept credit card payments, so we’ll only be able to take cash or checks. Venmo will also be an option - F.E. Peacock is the contact name. There is an ATM seven miles south in Onekama and also in Frankfort, about 9 miles to the north.
  • When is packet pickup?
    Packet pickup and late registration is race day, Saturday from 8:30 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.
  • Can I confirm my entry?
    You may confirm your entry by going to this link.
  • Can I switch race categories after I have registered?
    Yes, anytime BEFORE race day and there is no charge unless you are moving from the Short Grit to the Big Grit category. The change fee will be $10 and must be received before race day. No race-day category changes will be allowed.
  • Will there be aid stations?
    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!
  • What if there's a storm on race day?
    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.
  • What are some good places to watch the racers go by?
    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 Rd., 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 for the safety of the racers.
  • Is the Arcadian a fundraiser for the Pleasant Valley Community Center?
    YES! Volunteers for the community center will be selling the beer from Stormcloud Brewing Company, the proceeds of which benefit the center. Also, a portion of the racer fees, will be donated to the PVCC which gives the folks of Arcadia a place to hold meetings, give the kids a place to play, etc.
  • Will the Arcadian Grit and Gravel benefit the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy?
    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 the Conservancy each year. Please consider making a donation to the Regional Land Conservancy.

Facts, Questions and Rules

bottom of page