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100 Mile Race Details

The Coast Loop gravel grinder, like its big brother Coast to Coast, is a 100% rideable, challenging, roller coaster ride. Due to popular demand and permits, this shorter race will be a LOOPED race.

  • Date: May 12, 2018
  • Start and Finish: Stearns Park Beach, Ludington, MI
  • Distance: 100 miles
  • Support: Self-supported. A support crew can meet you at the official checkpoint if desired.You must have someone who can drive you back if you drop out.

Course Design
Matt Acker, co-course designer, who knows Michigan’s gravel roads and gravel racing better than anyone, and I (creator and race director of 40 races since 2011) have teamed up to create a course you will be sure to love, highlighted by blistering fast gravel and challenging, scenic seasonal roads. It covers an incredible 55 miles of Manistee National Forest gravel and two-tracks and shares the last 45 miles with the 210 miler.

After a fast, flat start out of Ludington, already at mile 20 you enter the Manistee National Forest and its forest service roads that set both Coast races apart from almost all other gravel grinders. Twisty, rolling, not so easy to get in a groove, but so much fun. At mile 50 (checkpoint at Dublin), you meet up with the 210 route, and then tackle the Pine Lake snowmobile trails and Big M gravel roads. Once you climb out of the Little Manistee River drainage (mile 62), it’s a general downhill trend to the finish back in Ludington. You’ve earned it

100 miles is a major achievement. With a start and finish in Ludington, it’s a great option if you don’t have a support crew, aren’t ready for the 210, or want to race and then cheer on a friend or family member finishing their 210. Because the route both leaves and returns to Ludington, you’ll have about 7-9 miles of flat pavement at both the start and finish which will make the race more doable. See the Route page for details.

Finish your race in one of the great outdoor towns in the country, Ludington, touching the waters of Lake Michigan and completing your amazing adventure.

I arrive at the finish a better person. – Rebecca Rusch, world champion mountain biker (and gravel road lover)

Ludington provides an ideal finish town with restaurants, breweries, lodging, an amazing state park and maybe the best sunset in the U.S. Some of you will be able to get home Saturday night, but staying at the Holiday Inn next to our HQ/awards center would be a well-deserved reward!

Schedule

Friday, May 11
Lodging if needed: Holiday Inn (recommended; see below for rates and more information)

Saturday, May 12

Check-in: Stearns Park Beach (or Holiday Inn Graystone Event Center if weather is poor), Ludington, 7:00-8:15 am
Start Location: Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
Start Time: 9:00 am
Finish Location: Stearns Park Beach
Finish Cut-off: 9:02 pm (8 mph average speed)
Awards Ceremony & Raffle (to all racers who started either race): Holiday Inn Graystone Event Center, 10:15 pm
Post-Awards:Head to Stearns to cheer on the Coast to Coasters!

SWAG/Awards

  • All racers will receive a Coast to Coast/Salsa water bottle (Specialized brand) and Clif Bloks.
  • All finishers will receive a Salsa/C2C top/stem cap and a 100-mile sticker.
  • Check out the finisher awards and top finisher prizes here.

Support & Aid

  • The Coast Loop does not require a support vehicle but you must have a way to get back to the finish if you drop out.
  • You can get water and purchase food at the Dublin official checkpoint at approximately the 50-mile mark and there may be 1-2 convenience stores along the way.
  • You may meet a support crew at this checkpoint if you wish but at no other point (unless you are withdrawing).

Route Finding

  • Course directions are via gpx file (Garmin, Strava, etc.) and cue sheets. ALL riders must have at least cue sheets.
  • There will NOT be signs on the course. See the Route page for details.

Endurance is all about heart. — Bear Grylls

Start/Finish

  • Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
  • Touch Lake Michigan to start and finish your quest

Lodging

  • Friday and/or Saturday night recommendation: Convenient, top-rated Holiday Inn Ludington connected to the Graystone Convention Center where we’ll do awards and post-race wrap-up.
  • Please let the hotel know that you are with the race. We get a small amount of money back toward the $3,000 convention center cost if you stay there, which helps us keep your entry fees low next year.
  • Discounted 2-queen room rate on Friday night is $116.96 and on Saturday night is $110.46
  • Free Breakfast Bar, Indoor Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Room, Guest Laundry, High Speed Internet.

Shirts & Merchandise

  • Race shirt $10. Unisex/men’s crew or women’s scoop. Short-sleeved, 65% poly/35% cotton. Order online with registration to guarantee availability.
  • Barrel/Moscow Mule mugs. Double walled. $10

Weather

  • Race organizers reserve the right to cancel the event in the case of extended severe weather or any emergency situation.
  • We will do everything possible to get the event in, but refunds are not available if it is cancelled due to significant costs we must pay in advance of the race. In all likelihood, we would adjust start and finish times to dodge bad weather. If you encounter severe weather during your ride, definitely seek shelter!

Open Facebook Page
Check out our Facebook page for more general ride communication from the organizers.

Closed Facebook Group
Forum to connect with other riders, seek support crew, transportation to/from the start, and to have questions answered from veteran endurance riders.

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