May 15, 2023 - Racer Update #2
It’s race week for the 11th Annual Arcadia Grit & Gravel Mountain Bike Race and it’s shaping up to be the boldest and grittiest one yet. There are a record number of racers this year including some of the top names in Michigan and beyond! To maximize your race-day experience, check out the info below:
Packet pick up will be Saturday morning from 8:30 am to 9:45 am (no packet pickup Friday night). The race starts at 10 a.m., with ALL Short Grit racers going off at 10 and three waves of Big Grit racers starting at 10:15. See Wave Start Times on the website.
Racing Etiquette: within your wave, please seed yourselves accordingly, i.e., faster racers near the front and less speedy racers near the back. Out on the course, please yield to faster riders, even on the single track! If someone asks you to get by, find a spot to ease off the trail and let them go.
The course map for the Big Grit is now on the Endoman website in a gpx file; the Short Grit is available on the Cyclometer app.
There will be no switching of categories allowed on race day, however, you may switch up until Wednesday, the 17th at noon. Contact the race director at email@example.com.
There will be one aid station, at the top of the climb up Taylor Rd. Water and Gatorade will be available.
If you need assistance, call/text your support team (e.g., family member) or text 231-651-0957. If it’s a medical issue, call 911. Medical teams will be standing by.
If you have to drop out for any reason, please text 231-651-0957. Because if you’ve dropped out and we don’t know it, we could spend a bunch of time and resources looking for you!
Due to the increased number of registrations this year, there won’t be enough parking spaces available in the ‘usual’ area to the east of the course, off Glovers Lake Rd. However, you’ll find ample parking on the residential streets of Arcadia, just to the west of M22.
The race results can be viewed at this link or via our race results page after the race.
A big thanks to all the great sponsors who’ve supported this race over the years and to our new sponsors, who have come on board, Cambium Analytica in TC and Coastline Cycles in Frankfort. And especially to Stormcloud Brewing Co for once again being the Title Sponsor and provider of some of the best beer in Michigan! Bring your I.D.
Also, a big shout out to the Pleasant Valley Community Center for providing the venue for the AGG over the years… and to you, because a portion of your entry fees have gone to support the center, with thousands of dollars over the years contributing to their success.
Thanks and have a great race!
The Endoman Crew
January, 2023 - Racer Update #1
Welcome to the 2023 mountain bike and gravel race season! And, wow, are there a LOT of
races to choose from! The Arcadia Grit & Gravel (AGG) Mountain Bike Race is a proud participant in the
Michigan Gravel Race Series (MGRS) and we invite you to add the 11th annual AGG to your event
calendar. New this year for us is that the Short Grit race (about 14 miles) has been added to the roster of
“Mini-course” events in the series, while the Big Grit remains as one of the original “Long course”
events from when the series first opened.
Endoman Promotions is charged up to bring you the 2023 version of both races! And another
first-time component for the AGG is that all racers who are 14 years of age (on race day) and under race free!
This only applies to the Short Grit race where all registrants ages 11 through 14 will get in at no
charge. Our goal here is to get more youth involved in the great cycling community and to introduce them
to a healthy, life-long activity that has no downside!
And finally, another tweak this year is the registration and pricing process. The new process
will favor those who register early; rather than the price increasing at a specific date as we've done in
the past, this year the price will increase based on the number of racers having registered. So, get in there
early and save a bit of money! If the cap of 333 (total for both distances, not including the comped
entries) is reached before race day, there will be no day-of registration, so plan ahead to avoid missing
out on this unique event, and the chance to post a top score for the MGRS! Happy riding!
Leave the Inside Out,
The Endoman Crew