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Course

36-Mile Course Key Stats
Mileage: 36.4 miles
Elevation Gain: approx. 1,900 ft. (by GPS). Elevation graphic is deceptive. The course is not very hilly or steep. For comparison, the Barry-Roubaix 36-mile course is 2,200 ft.
Aid Station: Mile 16. Gatorade and water.
Designers: Mark VanTongeren & Matt Acker
Breakdown:

  • 5 mile lead-out, mostly on gravel.
  • 5 miles on the Yankee Springs Deep Lake mountain bike trail.
  • 17 miles of Barry County gravel roads + Sager Road two-track.
  • 4 miles of Deep Lake singletrack.
  • 5 miles finish stretch on mostly gravel roads.

8-Mile Course Key Stats
Mileage: 8.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 168 feet (very flat)
Aid Station: No aid stations on this short course

Course Markings
All race courses will be marked with directional arrows. The 35-mile course will have volunteers or sheriff monitors at busy intersections in addition to arrows. Some intersections will only have arrows. Racers are still responsible for crossing when safe to do so. We highly recommend that you print the Cue Sheet in case signs fall down or are stolen. GPX/TXC tracks are not required but may be helpful if you have a navigation device.

GPX & TCX Tracks
Download GPX and TCX files from Ride with GPS map above. Click View Route above map. Then click Export (far right) to your navigation device. Garmin instructionsStrava instructions.
GPX file is a basic GPS track, compatible with most GPS devices.
TCX file is a GPS track with turn-by-turn directions, compatible with newer GPS devices.

Cue Sheet
Cue sheet (turn-by-turn instructions) for gravel road section. Use the Start-Finish map and any of our maps showing the Deep Lake Mountain Bike trails for the singletrack sections.

It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

Course Description

  • Roll-Out and First Singletrack Section: After a 4-mile roll-out from Camp Manitou-Lin on mostly gravel, you will climb the infamous Bassett Lake Road hill. If you aren’t thinned out by now, this hill will certainly thin out the herd. Look for the Section C medical sign for your turn-off to the right (and signs on race day of course) where you’ll enter into the famous and revered Deep Lake mountain bike trail system at The Pines. Take a quick left and follow the trail along the road before turning right and climbing into the ridge of pines. After some intermediate-level riding with a few moderately technical spots (watch rocky descent video here for one of these spots; nothing crazy relative to other trails in the lower peninsula), the most challenging of the day, you’ll have some windy but fast trail. As you approach the campground, keep some off-shoot trails to your left. You’ll follow the normal Saturday flow which is clockwise (opposite from the traditional flow), taking the trail eastward toward Deep Lake and then south, hopping off the singletrack at Gun Lake Rd., just west of Yankee Springs Rd.
  • Gravel & Two-Tracks: You’ll head east, with a steady climb on pavement before accessing several miles of awesome gravel, including the beautiful Audobon Sanctuary where we hope to have the aid station. After surviving the infamous Sager Road (our version of Mordor perhaps?), you’ll hammer a few more miles of paved and gravel roads throughout Middle Earth.
  • Final Singletrack Section & Finish: You’ll finish the race with a final 3 miles of pure Deep Lake awesomeness, entering in at Graves Hill and exiting at The Pines where you first entered back at mile 5. Plummet down the Bassett Lake Road hill – it will feel really good after 30 minutes, but make sure you stay in control! Finish in reverse of your first 5 miles on mostly flat gravel and a final push on pavement until you reach camp, aka The Shire.
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