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Gears'n'Beers 2016: The Iceman Cometh Pre-Ride

  • Timber Ridge 4050 E Hammond Rd Traverse City, MI, 49686 United States (map)

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.