The Killer Gravel Road Race! The biggest gravel event in the US, and already a classic. Few races manage to be so big, yet hold the charm and personality of its roots. Barry-Roubaix takes over the charming town of Hastings each spring, just as bikes and spandex flock to Traverse City for Iceman.
Three distances to choose from, but there is hardly an easy mile on any route. Rolling hills, mostly gravel roads and, of course, the unpredictable weather of a normal Michigan spring make this a race to test everyone from beginner to pro!
It's the big finale! The last race of the year plays out in front of 1,000 spectators at the Suds'n'Snow Microbrew Festival. We wrap up winter, the series and the points picture with one of the fastest, coolest races of the season.
The course will be a welcome reprisal of the Fat Camp! race from 2012. A flat, fast circuit makes the day play out like a fat bike criterium, complete with primes from Einstein Cycles, Short's Brewing Company and more. Watch for some of the fastest average speeds in fat bike history, as well as up-close-and-personal racing between the giants of Northern Michigan fat bike racing. With tight scoring this year, it shouldn't be much of a surprise if there's till everything to play for in the Men's and Women's points standings.
Last year's Beard of Zeus was one of the most entertaining races we've ever had. A lead group of almost 15 riders survived the opening laps together, with riders attacking and countering all the time, especially into the technical and treacherous descent of Mount Von Poo. The group splintered late, with Rick Wetherald and Joel Polisky finally finding some daylight and going 1-2 to the line. The Series title came down to a sprint for third place, with Ryan Kennedy taking it on the line, and keeping the title for a second consecutive year!
Registration and Day-of: 10-11.45am$50 pre-registration. Add $10 for day-of registration.
Venue: Timber Ridge Resort and RV Park, 4050 Hammond Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686
90 Minute Race
Men's Master (45+)
Women's Master (45+)
45 Minute Race
Eggs Over My-Hammy. Yes I Cayanne Rice. Smells Like Bean Spirit.
Give us your best Food Pun for this FNL, and the best named dish will get a $20 gift card to Ec.
It's the LAST FNL of the season, so don't miss it! We'll be taking a few laps of the Beard of Zeus lap, the final race of the Short's Brewing Fat Bike Series on March 4.
We're going back to the vines! Short's Brewing Company comes to the Vineyard for one of the most spectator-friendly fat bike races out there. The 3.2 mile loop is almost all within sight of the cozy tasting room, with the start/finish and much of the route tucked between the rows of frozen vines overlooking the rolling hills of Leelanau County. It's a striking moment to spill like a tipped bottle of Riesling down to the base of the 250 foot climb each lap, only to drip back down the thrilling descent.
2016's race was simply thrilling. With Ryan Kennedy looking to take the Series title, he was under attack from all comers in the opening three laps, with Nick Wierzba, Keegan Myers and Steve Andriese giving him everything they had on the climb, on the descents, and the wide open and windy flat section overlooking Horn Road to the south and east. Kennedy survived the opening salvos, using up teammate Cody Sovis in the process, before taking flight and dropping the field to take a very important win. Liz Belt rode steady after racing the day before, and ultimately swept up points along the way to her 2016 points title.
We'll offer a Short's and Long race again in 2017, with number of laps based on as many as can be completed in 45 minutes and 90 minutes. With almost 300 feet of elevation per lap, you'll earn every sip of Short's by the day's end.
As the third race in the series, it'll be make or break time for riders moving up the points table. This is one for the climbers, boasting the most elevation of any race by far. It's a tactical affair, too; sneaking off the front is tough to do with all eyes on the series favorites. This is a perfect course for the lanky, thin riders like Wakeley and Kennedy, while the women's field might find Melissa Socia pressing home an advantage over the climbs.
Registration and Day-of: $50, add $10 for day-of
Venue: Forty-Five North Vineyard. 8580 Horn Road, Lake Leelanau, MI
90 Minute Race
Men's Master (45+)
Women's Master (45+)
45 Minute Race
Men's Short's Race (All Ages)
Women's Short's Race (All Ages)
We're excited to add the 2017 North American Vasa to our calendar. The King Vasa Fat Bike Race has enjoyed two storied editions since it began, and the third year promises to be one for the ages.
In 2015, frigid weather shut down roads all over Northern Michigan, but it didn't stop the race! In -20 degree weather, the race was treated to a thrilling finale, tough conditions, and a true sense of community as skiers and fat bikers came together to celebrate winter sports. The course includes sections of the Winter Sports Singletrack, groomed trails on the start/finish property at Timber Ridge RV Park and Resort, and a high-speed stretch along the Vasa 25km Pathway to demand a complete winner.
2016 went off under idyllic race conditions, and one of the fastest fields to date. With 2015 winner Justin Morris back in his native and sunny climes of Australia, it was a wide open race ultimately narrowed down to an elite group of five that included 2015 Series winner Ryan Kennedy. Jorden Wakeley took the win, with a field sprint for second thrilling the crowd before every spilled into the party tent. There's no party like a Short's Brewing party, and the award ceremonies in the big tent are always an absolute blast.
There will be two fatbike race distances, 17k and a 35k. The course will highlight the beauty of the Vasa Pathway, Riley's Loop, Timber Ridge and small sections of the Wintersports loop. Anticipated race start times will be 1:00pm. Helmets are required. Tires must be a minimum of 3.7 inches wide.
King Vasa Skifatalon - for bragging rights as the top snow athletes in Michigan! Back again this year is the worlds only (we think) multisport event combining nordic skiing and fatbiking. The two-event competition will rank athletes based on their combined times in the 27k ski race and the 35k fatbike race. A special Skifatalon discount will apply to entry fees when signing up for both the 27k ski race and the 33k fatbike race. For more information, head over to Vasa.org!
Friday Night Lights rolls into February with Heritage Night! Celebrate a dish your grandmama would be proud of and learn more about your friends, all after a beautiful ride in the woods.
Winter is back in Northern Michigan, and we'll take a look at its paint brush along the Winter Sports Singletrack, Vasa Pathways, and even touch a bit of Riley's Loop with multiple groups leaving Timber Ridge. We'll all plan on being back by 8pm to enjoy the potluck.
Bring your best dessert for dinner! This is one where we see our potluckers really flex their muscles with cookies, cakes, pies and brownies.
Choose from two rides previewing the two different courses on offer for February 11's Vasa Fat Bike Race. Join Einstein Racing-Short's Brewing team members on the Short's Race course, two laps that should take about 45 minutes to one hour at a no-drop pace. We'll also do one lap of the Long race course, which will be split into two groups.
Thanks to Short's Brewing for providing refreshment both for FNL and for Saturday's ski race preview, also located at Timber Ridge.
FNL fat bike rentals are just $25, bring your own light. We'll see you at Timber, ready to roll!
Back and bigger than ever...Fat Chance! is the staple of fat biking in Northern Michigan, and we're back yet again for another legendary race at the breathtaking ski resort.
Registration and packet pick-up are at the beautiful Thistle, alongside Crystal's nicest fireplace and a cozy little restaurant to settle in for a big day on the bike. That comfy sofa and a selection of Short's Brewing's finest should be ample motivation to keep on plugging along, with an awards ceremony to follow directly after all the races have finished. We'll have our own hideaway for awards, post-race food and celebrations.
The first race of the Short's Brewing Fat Bike Series is a big platform for any riders looking to fly high in the points standings by year's end. Last year's race was held under simply beautiful conditions, with the Salsa Cycles demo truck posted up by the start/finish and crowds of amused skiers and snowboarders crowding around as the riders headed to the start line. Jorden Wakeley took the win for the Men's Long race, with Danielle Musto first across the line in a stacked Women's field that included Series champion Chelsea Strate.
Registration and Day-of: 10am to 11:45am Add $10 for day-of registration
Venue: Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa. 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive. Thompsonville, MI 49683
Men's Master (45+)
Women's Master (45+)
Men's Short's Race (All Ages)
Women's Short's Race (All Ages)
Join us for the second FNL of 2017, on the ominous Friday the 13th date we've long kept careful on eye.
We'll have two groups, with both looking to be back to the lodge after 60-90 minutes of riding. The longer route will incorporate parts of the Vasa Fat Bike Race course, as well as sections of the WST and 25km. The shorter route will use sections of the Short's race course, as well as the WST.
Much of the superstition around Friday the 13th comes from the Templar Knights, a religious order who got a bit too much ca$$h and, the French king wanting a slice, taking it. A lot of historians have argued that the concept of Friday the 13th being unlucky is more recent than that, as this article points out. 13 has, since the days of numerology, been considered unlucky, and it is, but that's coming from a grown man with lucky number 7 tattooed on his arm.
For the potluck, we're going with a Templar Knights diet, which included vegetables, beans, rice, bread, and fruit. That's right, for just one week, we're going the Morrissey route and challenging YOU to create a meat-free environment.
The second FNL of 2017 is Mexican Night! Always one of the best potlucks you'll run into, you'll earn every bean, cheese or meat taco/burrito/enchilada you eat. Choose from a 30km or 12km ride on the Vasa Winter Sports Singletrack, rolling from Timber Ridge at 6.30pm. Make sure you have your lights charged and you're dressed for adventure!
FNL fat bike rentals are just $25, bring your own light.
It's a tradition that we absolutely love. Join us at Timber Ridge to ring in the New Year by fat bike. Choose from a 15km or 40km cruise on the Winter Sports Singletrack, Vasa Pathway and everywhere else the urge takes us.
It started with 8 people, and has grown to 100+ riders celebrating another year of riding, not matter the weather!
The ride leaves as noon, with both groups planning to be back by 3pm at the very latest.
If you really want to look deep into the hearts and minds of your fat bike friends, see what kind of cereal they bring this weekend. It's one of the coolest potlucks of the year, and easiest. Bring a bowl, spoons, a box of your favorite cereal and milk, and make sure you take everything with you if it isn't gone.
We are also going to have a special bowl for cash this week, all of which will go to Timber Ridge for letting us hang out.
The first FNL of the season! Join us at Timber Ridge for a nocturnal adventure with a savory ending. Fat bikes if there's snow, any bike if there isn't, with two groups splitting up for 10 or 20 mile rides.
Afterwards, join us for a celebration of Italian delicacies at the post-ride potlock. Bring a dish to pass and make sure you take it with you!
Celebrate fat bikes in TC and around the world with Global Fat Bike Day! Ahead of fat bike season and NMMBA's grooming efforts, it will be nice to head out on a ride with all your wide-tired pals.
Slow, fun and exploratory ride should wrap up well before dark, join us!
Joggers love it. Bikers love it. We all love it.
It's back for another round of fun, and it's conveniently located just a few miles from the shop. Join your runner friends (maybe even literally join them) for an old world style cross country 5km, with a free-for-all bike race after. Snow, sun, rain or shine, you never know what conditions will be like in December, and that's certainly part of the intrigue.
For the bike race, picking the right rig is also part of the fun. Fat bike, 29er, perhaps even a cyclocross bike? You never know what's fastest until you're in the heat (or cold) of the race, and you'll see a little of everything on the start line.
Portions of the bike race proceeds go to Norte! Youth Cycling, making it a great way to kick off the season of giving.
The final day of firearms season is November 30, and we're heading out as soon as it's dark to enjoy some time in the trees. With the Farmland 5km on Saturdays, we'll hold off on FNL until December 9.
Meet at the Bunker Hill Lot at 6.20 for an hour and a half rambling mix of pathway and singletrack. We'll have a 'Tempo' group and a 'Fun' group, but we'll all roll together to the first bit of singletrack a few miles in.
Bring those lights, fat bikes might be optimal but all rigs are welcome! If you're riding across town, please make sure you have a rear blinky light...you know, for safety.
The biggest one day race in North America finishes in our backyard. On many of the same trails we ride every week, the Iceman Cometh bring riders from all over the country-and, indeed the world-to take on 30 miles of Northern Michigan trails. Come rain, snow, sleet, sun or sand, the annual pilgrimage is one of the fastest and demanding races around. One mistake could see thirty spots slide past, but no matter how the day goes, the warm fires and generous pours at Timber Ridge welcome every rider.
Find out more about this incredible race here.
Don't miss our annual Iceman pre-ride on October 8 here.
Ride with former US National MTB Champion and incredibly cool dude Stephen Ettinger! He's back at Iceman to go for the win, but before that, he's taking us all for a bike ride.
Bring your lights, your sense of adventure, and questions for the man himself.
Bring your lights! In order to get as many folks as possible, we'll start the ride at 6, and it will be dark no later than 6:45.
We'll offer two route options, with everyone riding together to the Rock. From there, you can stay on the 25km and head back, or ride at a quicker tempo along Sand Lakes and take the race course back from the east side of Broomhead. Go fast, go slow, and check out the last miles of the race.
Don't forget to hang out with Stephen at the Iceman Expo Friday, with free autographs and high-fives.
Stephen currently rides for Cascade Sports, with ample support from Ridebiker Alliance, Focus Bicycles and USA Cycling. See how his season has gone, including an up and down run for the Rio Olympics!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Timber will be a beehive of activity Thursday night, so be considerate. If you can carpool, carpool. If you can, please park at Einstein Cycles and ride up with us at 5.20pm.
FREE Organized Group Ride
Registration starts at 11:30am in the Jolly Pumpkin parking lot
Ride leaves at 12:00pm
Two Rides: 40 miles or 20 miles (both start at noon)
40 mile full Peninsula ride http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2201473
20 mile Lighthouse ride http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2201538
Following the ride reward yourself with $2 liquid carbs (beers) in the Peninsula Room!
It's a fixture on the Northern Michigan calendar. Once thought of as just an Iceman tune-up race, Peak2Peak has become a true classic in its own right, a race that's thought of with growing reverence and a proud lore of its own.
Fast, wide open racing for most of each lap slams into the base of Crystal Mountain for a dramatic and selective dash up the Crystal Climb. It's the sort of set-piece showdown that makes for exciting racing, and spectators line the climbs to see the fireworks sure to explode each lap.
We are teaming up with the Grand Traverse Resort and Timber Ridge on October 8 for another edition of the world's most enjoyable Iceman Cometh Pre-Ride around!
For the third year in a row, we'll be leading a guided ride of the Iceman Cometh course, with the help of the Grand Traverse Resort and Timber Ridge. Learn the course, chat with some experienced and talented locals, and enjoy a beautiful fall day in Northern Michigan during peak color season.
Last year, we had well over 200 people in several groups head out from the Park and Ride in Kalkaska to check out the course. After a fast and fun race in 2015, we're excited to see how the route takes shape for this year.
Here's the game plan for our ride this year. For those Expert/Elite riders going for the full Out and Back, we'll leave promptly at 9am from Timber Ridge Resort. The full Out and Back is a big day in the saddle at over 40 miles and easily three hours in the saddle; only those who have done a sub 2.5 hour Iceman should attempt it. Timber Ridge will NOT be offering any transportation this year. You will need to figure out a ride to and from the trailhead if you aren't doing the Out and Back.
We'll roll from the Park and Ride at 10am, splitting into three groups. The first group will shoot for a 2:15 finish, with the second group sticking to 2:40, while the third group will look to finish around three hours. In 2014, we had volunteers in the woods for six hours, which isn't fair to them. A 3 hour time goal equates to roughly 9mph average speed. Remember, it's not a race! Enjoy the ride, the company and the Pere Marquette Forest!
Einstein Racing will have a number of riders to lead the three groups, guiding you along the course and offering up some anecdotal fun along the way. Thank your volunteers for their time!
Don't forget to stop off at Breakaway Cafe, located right next to Einstein Cycles, for your pre-ride caffeine and cookie!
After the ride, enjoy drinks and specials at Aerie Lounge, located at the top of the beautiful Grand Traverse Resort. It is one unbelievable view in October, that's for sure!
Call Cody at Einstein Cycles for more details at 231-421-8148.
Choose from 45 race, 45 mile no-drop, and a 10 mile fun ride in Claire, Michigan! The rolling, unpredictable terrain promises to keep your on your toes and the promise of donuts will keep you on the gas!
Proceeds go to Heart of the Lakes, an organization devoted to supporting and protecting Michigan's natural areas.
The Ride will begin at the Larkin Group Insurance building (13900 SW Bay Share Dr) at 10:30am. Riders are welcome to begin the ride as soon as they're checked in. The trail will take bikers along the Leelanau TART trail for approximately 15 miles, where lunch will be waiting for them at Hop Lot Brewery in Suttons Bay (658 S W Bay Shore Dr Suttons Bay, MI). Registration includes lunch upon arrival at Hop Lot.
Help Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing provide permanent supportive housing to homeless individuals and families who struggle with mental illness in the Greater Grand Traverse Region.
The Bear Claw Epic will be a multi lap high intensity race for all levels and ages of mountain bikers. The course will be held at the Cadillac Pathway, providing a challenging course to the racers, but also conveniently close to the heart of downtown Cadillac.
Our goal is to build a sustainable race that will become an attraction for the area, bringing riders and spectators back year after year!
Proceeds from the race will go directly towards the maintenance and preservation of the Cadillac Pathway.
It's a World Cup style course with a cyclocross style format! Choose from 45 minutes +1 lap or 90 minutes +1 lap to get in as many laps as possible. It's a dynamic course, with sections of flat and fast trail, steep climbs and technical descents. Each lap will bring you past the tasting room and through a tunnel of sound as the roar of the crowd drowns out the grind of the gears.
Watch for the local favorites to be on hand and on form, as this race is quickly turning into the first tune-up race ahead of Peak2Peak and the Iceman Cometh Challenge.
It's the final SOL of 2016, and one of the most prestigious. The fastest rider will earn a place in history and a rainbow jersey as the Speed of Light World Champion. It's an illustrious list; Ryan Kennedy, Jorden Wakeley and Luke Tjosvold are the only three riders to earn the title. It's a great honor to wear the stripes, and a responsibility to do them justice for a full season.
The ride leaves Ec at 6:15 and Bunker at 6:30. Please use a light if you are riding home.
Come ride some Salsa bikes! Your FREE OPPORTUNITY to TRY BEFORE YOU BUY!
Available bike models will include:
NEW Mukluk Carbon! NEW Woodsmoke 27.5+! Plus...Beargrease, Bucksaw, Pony Rustler, Redpoint and Cutthroat!
We'll have expert Salsa reps and your Ec pals around to get you onto the Vasa Trail Network off of Bunker Hill RD. Test the newest bikes on single track and two track trails, see what moves your heart, and even put in a pre-order!
For more information please contact Cody at (231) 421-8148.
It's the final stage of the final Grand Tour of 2016! There will be everything to fight for, with straight time, straight points and nowhere to hide. With a week to go before the World Championships, it's also a final chance to see who has a chance of wearing the SOL World Champion jersey in 2017.
The climber's have their day, with double points on the Boonenberg on the Vuelta's second stage. The season will start to wear on the riders, and the Vuelta sees some of the toughest racing of the season. With only one stage to go, every second counts. The ride leaves Ec at 6:30, or the Bunker Hill Lot at 6:45.