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210 Mile Race Details

The Coast to Coast gravel grinder, presented by Salsa Cycles, will not be known for its gravel, ironically, but for everything that’s NOT gravel – the forest roads, the two-tracks, the snowmobile trails. We’re not in Kansas anymore. Much of the second half of the course is heavily forested, closed in, constantly changing. It’s a 100% rideable, challenging, roller coaster ride. Set your eyes on the glorious sunset over Lake Michigan or ride into the night to get to the finish line on time.

  • Date: May 12, 2018
  • Start: Point Au Gres Marina, Lake Huron
  • Finish: Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
  • Distance: 212 miles
  • Duration: 21 hour cut-off

Course Design
Matt Acker, co-course designer, who knows Michigan’s gravel roads and gravel racing better than anyone, and I have teamed up to create a course you will be sure to love, With his gravel experience and our experience putting on 40 races since 2011, this is sure to be a memorable adventure.

The course is highlighted by fast gravel and challenging, scenic two-tracks, seasonal roads and snowmobile trails. See the Route page for details and check out the amazing scouting photos.

You’ll never forget the sunrise start on Lake Huron and the journey westward toward the amazing sunset over Lake Michigan. 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 for venues, lodging, breweries and love for the outdoors. If you aren’t too far away, your support team can get you home for Mother’s Day celebrations without even needing lodging, although staying at the Holiday Inn next to our HQ/awards center would be a well-deserved reward!

What Do I Get?
In addition to a first-ever 90+% gravel crossing of the State of Michigan, all 210 and 100-mile racers will receive a Coast to Coast/Salsa water bottle. 210-mile registrants will also receive the race shirt. We will have subs and/or pizza at the finish line and awards ceremony. The finish will be chip timed by Epic Race Timing.

Check out the finisher awards and top finisher prizes here.

Support Crew

  • You must have a support crew in your general vicinity throughout the race. They do NOT need to be present when you arrive at the three checkpoints. Why a support crew? Let’s say there’s unexpected severe weather and 50-100 bikers need to quickly be removed from a dangerous situation. Or it’s a day of record heat and 30 bikers need to drop out. How do they get to Ludington? That’s the job of the support crews.
  • We will have a sweeper vehicle to close down checkpoints as all racers get through them but that vehicle will not be picking up racers unless a major emergency where the support crew is not present.
  • A support crew can support up to three racers, provided they have room for those racers and their bikes. Our recommendation is that racers be of performance levels at least somewhat similar with each other so the crew can stay in close proximity to all.
  • We are open to other arrangements for teams that have vans and trailers and can support additional riders.
  • You’ll likely drive together to the check-in and start so that no vehicles will be left at the start, but it’s not required.
  • Support crew must be with you at the pre-race meeting Friday evening. Exceptions may be allowed as long as the support crew connects with race organizers in advance regarding logistics, rules, etc.
  • Your crew must use different routes than the official race course. If they reach you in between checkpoints for any reason, you will be required to drop out of the race. If you are able and safe, you must make it to the next (or previous) checkpoint to receive aid or seek it from another racer or someone along the course (unplanned).
  • You are allowed to check in at checkpoints without your support crew and re-supply at convenience stores, gas stations, etc. in checkpoint towns or anywhere else, as long as you return to the point at which you exited the course to access aid.
  • Your support team should meet you at the Lake Michigan shore and celebrate with you as you touch the water of a Great Lake for the second time that day, under your own power.
  • For additional information, consult the Rules page.

Endurance is all about heart. — Bear Grylls

Two-Person Relay
If you’d like to experience the crossing of Michigan with a friend, you can each bike half of the route and drive the support vehicle the other half (keep in mind support vehicle can only meet rider at each checkpoint). You must switch at a checkpoint and you must each do two of the four sections.

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 except at two-track and snowmobile trail intersections where clarity is helpful. See the Route page for details.

Schedule

Friday, May 11
Check-in, Big Bend Campground, Standish (Lake Huron side): 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Pre-race Meeting, Big Bend Campground: 7:00 pm (change from 7:30 pm)

Saturday, May 12
Final Race Announcements, Pt Au Gres Marina & Campground: 5:45 am
Start: 6:12 am, sunrise

Checkpoint #1 (Gladwin High School).
Mile 53
Fastest rider projection: 8:51 am
Cut-off: 11:30 am

Checkpoint #2 (Marion Junior/Senior High School)
Mile 103
Fastest rider projection: 11:18 am
Cut-off: 4:24 pm

Checkpoint #3 (Dublin General Store/Marathon station)
Mile 163
Fastest rider projection: 2:21 pm
Cut-off: 10:30 pm

Sunset Award Cut-off, Stearns Park: 9:02 pm
Awards Ceremony, Graystone Event Center, Holiday Inn Ludington: 10:15 pm (after sunset is complete)
Cut-off, Stearns Park Beach, Ludington: 3:12 am Sunday  (21 hours)

Check-in (and Optional Friday Night Lodging)
Big Bend Family Campground
513 Conrad Rd, Standish, MI 48658

  • $10 per night for group tenting area; $32 per night for sites with electric
  • Email or call Big Bend to reserve a spot
  • You may lodge anywhere you’d like as long as you attend the pre-race meeting in person with your crew.
  • Search here for other Standish (west of check-in) and Au Gres (east of check-in) lodging options. Bay City and Midland are the largest nearby cities and have lots of options.

Start

  • Pt Au Gres Marina & Campground, 2325 S Green DR, Au Gres, MI 48703:
  • You will start this race with bike tire touching Lake Huron and you will finish this race with front tire touching Lake Michigan. That pretty much HAS to be the case, right?
  • Average temperature at the start: 45 degrees

Finish

  • Stearns Park Beach, Ludington
  • Touch Lake Michigan to finish your quest.
  • Average temperature at the finish: 60-65 degrees (depending on finish time)

Ludington Lodging

  • Saturday night stay at the convenient, top-rated Holiday Inn Ludington connected to the Greystone Convention Center where we’ll do awards and post-race wrap-up. Please let them know that you are with Coast to Coast.
  • Discounted 2-queen room rate: $110.46 (24 hour cancellation unlike nonrefundable online rate)
  • Free Breakfast Bar, Indoor Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, Fitness Room, Guest
    Laundry, High Speed Internet.
  • 100 miler racers and those with friends or family who will stay in Ludington to cheer your finish can take advantage of the Holiday Inn Friday night discounted rate
  • If you don’t have transportation to the start/finish line, we recommend the Ludington Pier House Motel, which sponsors our adventure races in Ludington. It’s a 30 second bike ride from the 100 mile start and 210/100 finish.

Merchandise
Extra Coast to Coast shirts, barrell mugs, stickers, etc. will be available for purchase online as well as Friday and Saturday evening on race weekends.

Coast Loop option (100 miles)
See the separate 100 Miles Race Details page in the menu above.

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.
  • Hazardous Weather Policy

Charity Partner
Our charity partner is the Shoreline Cycling Club which works with a variety of land managers and municipalities to help maintain and increase access to cycling opportunities as well as educating the public about cycling and holding fun events and rides. The club builds trails, grooms fat bike trails, teaches bicycle safety to children and promotes the Oceana, Mason, Lake, Manistee and Benzie Counties in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a cycling destination.

Open Facebook Page
Check out our Facebook informational 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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